Counting the Days

Counting the Days

POWs, Internees, and Stragglers of World War II in the Pacific

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Counting the Days is the story of six prisoners of war imprisoned by both sides during the conflict the Japanese called the "Pacific War." As in all wars, the prisoners were civilians as well as military personnel. Two of the prisoners were captured on the second day of the war and spent the entire war in prison camps: Garth Dunn, a young Marine captured on Guam who faced a death rate in a Japanese prison 10 times that in battle; and Ensign Kazuo Sakamaki, who suffered the ignominy of being Japanese POW number 1. Simon and Lydia Peters were European expatriates living in the Philippines; the Japanese confiscated their house and belongings, imprisoned them, and eventually released them to a harrowing jungle existence caught between Philippine guerilla raids and Japanese counterattacks. Mitsuye Takahashi was a U.S. citizen of Japanese descent living in Malibu, California, who was imprisoned by the United States for the duration of the war, disrupting her life and separating her from all she owned. Masashi Itoh was a Japanese soldier who remained hidden in the jungles of Guam, held captive by his own conscience and beliefs until 1960, 15 years after the end of the war. This is the story of their struggles to stay alive, the small daily triumphs that kept them going—and for some, their almost miraculous survival.

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Traces the stories of six prisoners on both sides of World War II, including a pair of European expatriates who were released into the dangerous Philippine jungles, a U.S. citizen who was confined in a detention camp and a Japanese soldier who hid in the Guam jungles until 15 years after the war.

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Drawing on military records, personal accounts, diaries and field research, this volume on personal stories of perseverance during the Second World War chronicles the experiences of prisoners of war from both sides of the conflict. The work follows the stories of six prisoners, and explores their determination to survive their captivity, as well as the effects of these wartime experiences on the res of their lives. The work includes journal entries and correspondence from the prisoners, and several black and white photographs. Smith is the author of How the Great Pyramid was Built, and Extreme Waves. Annotation ©2013 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

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Traces the stories of six prisoners on both sides of World War II, discusses war's lasting emotional toll and these prisoner's ability to turn human suffering into strength.

Publisher: Washington, DC : Smithsonian Books, 2012
ISBN: 9781588343550
Branch Call Number: 940.5472 SMITH
Characteristics: 260 pages


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