The Resource Death on the hellships : prisoners at sea in the Pacific war, Gregory F. Michno

Death on the hellships : prisoners at sea in the Pacific war, Gregory F. Michno

Label
Death on the hellships : prisoners at sea in the Pacific war
Title
Death on the hellships
Title remainder
prisoners at sea in the Pacific war
Statement of responsibility
Gregory F. Michno
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"Though the Japanese treatment of prisoners of war during World War II has been written about before, with this chronicle readers come to appreciate the true dimensions of the Allied POW experience at sea. It is a disturbing story; many believe the Bataan Death March pales by comparison. Survivors describe their ordeal in the Japanese hellships as the absolute worst experience of their captivity. Crammed by the thousands into the holds of the ships, moved from island to island and put to work, they endured all the horros of the prison camps magnified tenfold." "Gregory Michno draws on American, British, Australian, and Dutch POW accounts as well as Japanese convoy histories, recently declassified radio intelligence reports, and a wealth of archival sources to present for the first time a detailed picture of what happened. More than 126,000 Allied prisoners were transported in the hellships with more than 21,000 fatalities. While beatings, starvation, and disease caused many of the deaths, the most, Michno reports, were caused by Allied bombs, bullets, and torpedoes. He further reports that this so-called friendly fire was not always accidental - at times high-level decisions were made to sink Japanese ships despite the presence of POWs. The statistics led Michno to conclude that it was more dangerous to be a prisoner on the Japanese hellships than a U.S. Marine fighting in the campaign. His careful examination of the role of U.S. submarines in the sinkings and rescue of POWs makes yet another significant contribution to the history of the Pacific war."--Jacket
Action
digitized
Cataloging source
OCLCE
Dewey number
940.54/7252
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
D805.J3
LC item number
M52 2001
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
Label
Death on the hellships : prisoners at sea in the Pacific war, Gregory F. Michno
Publication
Antecedent source
file reproduced from original
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 319-348) and index
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Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
black and white
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn606574954
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (ix, 366 pages)
File format
one file format
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781682470251
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Other physical details
illustrations
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Reproduction note
Electronic reproduction.
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
  • (OCoLC)606574954
  • ebl1682470253
System details
Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.

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