Tuesday, June 23, 2009

The Jungle Is Neutral

The Japanese army invaded Malaya and Singapore, savagely crushing British forces in just seventy days and instigating an occupation of unimaginable terror. For most British troops, the options were capture or escape. But deep in the Malayan jungle, a handful of courageous soldiers stayed behind. Their mission: to train native guerrilla forces and continue the battle against a ruthless and battle-hardened enemy. This classic of war literature is the story of the three and a half years Spencer Chapman spent in one of the most dangerous and inhospitable places on earth. It is a moving, unforgettable memoir, which brings into vivid relief the horrors of jungle warfare, and pays tribute to the small but dedicated band of men whose superhuman efforts made a vital contribution in the struggle which led ultimately to victory over Japan in 1945.

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