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Perhaps the greatest crimes were continuing deaths of Allied POWs from starvation, disease and ill-treatment after the Japanese surrender.

The Final Betrayal: Mountbatten, MacArthur and the Tragedy of Japanese POWs

MacArthur expressly forbade any Allied forces from liberating Japanese occupied territories before he had personally taken the formal Japanese surrender aboard the USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay on 2 September Vice Admiral Lord Mountbatten, Commanding Allied forces in Southeast Asia, protested against this policy, believing that pandering to MacArthur's vanity and ego would mean condemning many starving and sick prisoners to death. MacArthur's and the American leadership's obsession with sidelining the British in Asia cost hundreds of British and Commonwealth lives, hundreds and hundreds of lives, that otherwise would have been saved if Mountbatten had been permitted to proceed with his liberation plans.

He currently lives in China where he teaches at Fudan University. Free Returns We hope you are delighted with everything you buy from us. However, if you are not, we will refund or replace your order up to 30 days after purchase. Terms and exclusions apply; find out more from our Returns and Refunds Policy. All this was known to the Allies through the Special Operatives Asia SOA operatives in country sending back reports of camps and their condition. Felton takes us through the decision process, the politics behind them; how the interests of the USA were paramount in this theatre and how Britain was very much the junior partner.


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I have read many accounts of PoWs held in Japanese camps and they were disturbing stories. This book extends those stories to make the reader realise how the Allied forces were subjected to the ego of one man, thus lengthening the agony that many had to endure, and indeed which cost many, many PoW lives.

MacArthur ensured that the Japanese royal family were not brought before war crime trials, although they were fully involved in decisions in the treatment of PoWs. The USA also ensured that all prisoners were released no later than , even though they had been sentenced to life imprisonment.

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All to ensure that USA had trading privileges with Japan! Little thought was given to the Allies or to the suffering of the PoWs.

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Felton has a Doctorate from Essex University but now lives and lectures in China. In this book he has pulled together evidence of the Japanese atrocities and the thought processes behind them. He uses the orders sent out by the Japanese war Ministry and produced at War Crimes trials after the war showing that the actions taken by individual soldiers and officers was fully sanctioned by the Japanese government.

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Felton has written a truly disturbing book and if anyone has read about the treatment of PoWs by the Japanese, then they should read this book to see how little the Allies, in particular the USA, actually felt about the prisoners plight. Felton misses no punches and lays out the case against all those involved. I thoroughly recommend this book. This book examines the period between the unconditional surrender of Japan on 14 August and the arrival of Allied liberation forces in Japanese-occupied territories after 2nd September , a delay which handed the Japanese a golden opportunity to set their house in order before Allied war crimes investigators arrived.

The author considers whether perhaps the greatest crimes were continuing deaths of Allied POWs after the Japanese surrender.

He currently lives in China where he teaches at Fudan University. General MacArthur, Supreme Allied Commander in the Pacific, forbade any Allied forces from liberating Japanese occupied territories before he had personally taken the formal Japanese surrender, which has been argued to have cost hundreds of British and Commonwealth POW lives. Vast amounts of documentation concerning crimes were burned ahead of the arrival of Allied forces. POW facilities and medical experimentation installations were either abandoned or destroyed. Perhaps the greatest crimes were continuing deaths of Allied POWs from starvation, disease and ill-treatment after the Japanese surrender.

The Final Betrayal : Mountbatten, MacArthur and the Tragedy of Japanese POWs

MacArthur expressly forbade any Allied forces from liberating Japanese occupied territories before he had personally taken the formal Japanese surrender aboard the USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay on 2 September Vice Admiral Lord Mountbatten, Commanding Allied forces in Southeast Asia, protested against this policy, believing that pandering to MacArthur's vanity and ego would mean condemning many starving and sick prisoners to death.

MacArthur's and the American leadership's obsession with sidelining the British in Asia cost hundreds of British and Commonwealth lives, hundreds and hundreds of lives, that otherwise would have been saved if Mountbatten had been permitted to proceed with his liberation plans. Passar bra ihop.