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By Roger Mansell,Linda Goetz Holmes

ISBN-10: 1612511147

ISBN-13: 9781612511146

In the years ahead of the outbreak of the battle within the Pacific, Guam was once a paradise for the army, Marine and civilian staff of Pan American airlines, who discovered themselves stationed at the island. although their apprehension in regards to the destiny of the island elevated as they expected a jap assault within the fall of 1941. almost immediately after the assault on Pearl Harbor, Guam used to be bombed and the japanese invasion quickly followed.

In the takeover of the island, the japanese practiced a fast brutality opposed to the captive american citizens in addition to local inhabitants, after which instantly got rid of the yankee army and civilian body of workers to Japan. just a fortunate few escaped, together with 5 military nurses and established Ruby Hellmers and her child Charlene, who have been transported again to the United States aboard the Swedish send Gripsholm in mid-1942.

In Captured, Mansell tells the tale of the captives from Guam, whose tale in the past has principally been forgotten. Drawing upon interviews with survivors, diaries and archival documents, Mansell records the activities of yank army and civilian males as they went from one eastern POW camp to a different, slowly ravenous as they played slave hard work for jap businesses. in the meantime, he describes the brutal horrors suffered through Guamian natives in the course of Japan’s profession of the island, specially because the eastern ready for American forces to re-take this U.S. ownership in 1945.

Moving tales of liberation, transportation domestic, and the aftermath of those terrible stories are narrated because the ebook attracts to a detailed. Mansell concludes that America’s loss of army practise, disbelief in Japan’s objectives within the Pacific, and concentrate on Europe all contributed to the captivity of greater than 3 years of discomfort for the forgotten americans from Guam because the Pacific warfare raged around

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