The Bridge at Parit Sulong - an Investigation of Mass Murder Malaya 1942

The Bridge at Parit Sulong - an Investigation of Mass Murder Malaya 1942➷ [Reading] ➹ The Bridge at Parit Sulong - an Investigation of Mass Murder Malaya 1942 By Lynette Ramsay Silver ➬ – This is historic detective work at its very best In The Bridge at Parit Sulong the author tells the story of an epic battle during one of the most desperate fighting retreats of World War II and the a This is historic detective work at its at Parit Epub á very best In The Bridge at Parit Sulong the author tells the story of an epic battle during one of the most desperate fighting retreats of World War II and the appalling massacre which followed Through dogged research including a full examination of the actual battle site Lynette Silver has pieced together a story The Bridge ePUB ô of heroism mass murder and barbarism For sixty years the names of the Australians murdered at Parit Sulong the location of their remains and even the killing field itself remained a mystery Now in this gripping saga the author unravels the true story and uncovers the fate of many others who had just been listed as 'missing in action' This thought provoking Bridge at Parit MOBI õ book traces in meticulous detail the story of these horrific events and how through an intricate legal chase the Japanese responsible for the massacre were finally brought to justice. I must first declare that I have met the author of this book As the book is no longer on sale here I purchased it directly from her and I am very grateful that she lugged the books I bought two other books from Australia through Sabah before handing them over to me in Singapore These books are printed on good uality coated paper meaning they won't turn yellow in my climate but it also makes them really heavy I'm therefore doubly grateful for saving a lot on shipping The fact that I got them from the author made them really special to me and I am therefore positively disposed to them even before reading themThis book is divided into two parts the build up to and including the Battle of Muar and the aftermath of the massacre in Parit Sulong I really appreciate the inclusion of the first part for so few books were written on the Australian experience in Malaya So much of what I have read has but included a mention of the Australian and where they fought or giving them the dubious distinction of having deserted before Singapore fell but none like this book gave such a blow by blow account of the 27th Brigade 8th Division 2nd AIF in action in Malaya What I have read generally focused on the British experience and the undeserved Impregnable Fortress that is Singapore Yet this is not just a general description of the major battles and lines of movement The author recounted the actions of individuals so dramatically that makes you think that she must have spoken to the men individually Her description of the village in Parit Sulong where the battle and then massacre took place was so vivid that you think she might have been there This of course is not possible because while some buildings remain today so much has changed If anything this provides evidence of the depth the author went to research the bookThe battle ended the massacre took place and many of the remaining men were taken prisoner First in Pudu Goal in Kuala Lumpur then to Changi in Singapore and for many the Death Railway in Thailand The author wisely stayed away from talking too much of that last place that is so notorious already so that she would not distract the readers from the next part of the book the investigation falling into oblivion revival pursuit politics and prosecutionThe second part of the book  lays bear the difficulties involved in investigating and prosecuting the war criminals that perpetuated the massacre To be sure the effort by the Allies to bring the war criminals to justice started out well enough But even without the 'external factors' coming into play investigating a particular incident is terribly difficult Particularly in the case of Parit Sulong there were but two survivors out of the than 100 massacred After a few years memories faded or got distorted Cyril Ward the first investigator of the massacre was killed in the middle of his work in an accident The massacre was at risk of being forgotten if not for Captain James Godwin who came across the file while investigating other incidents But the 'external factors' would uickly make his work close to impossible These would include the devious nature of the accused the collusion of the Japanese police and underworld with those being investigated and the geo political developments that dictated the cessation of all investigation work by 30 September 1950 It was to Godwin's credit that the accused were eventually apprehended and prosecutedThe obstruction of the investigations due to geo political expediency was unfortunate and would have enduring conseuences Japan feels that since they are accepted as the new allies against Communism they have paid their dues there was therefore no need for further delving into their deeds in the War China and Korea would milk this against the Japanese right up to this day and as predicted by Godwin the whitewashing of Japanese deeds from the history textbooks would lead to a generation who did not know what happened allowing some right wingers today to accuse the USA of war crimes during the WarOne other aspect that caught my attention was the author's description of the Indians in the book There are different dimensions to this The Indian troops the Rajputana Rifles in particular was a disaster But most of them were young unprepared and untrained some would later turn after the Fall of Singapore There is always ambivalence in the portrayal of the Indians in the war This happens at two levels At the geo political level India was part of the British empire and so a big number of Indians served and served well in the Indian Army On the other hand there were those taking advantage of the British's war with the Japanese to try and fight off the British through the Indian National Army INA At the other level there were the Indians who were in Malaya during the WarIn the book half the time the escaping Australian soldiers would be helped by the Indians but eually freuently they would be betrayed to the Japanese Contrast that to the help the local Chinese population rendered to the Australians almost all the time the Indians did not come out well But one has to view this from the perspective of who the 'mother country' was fighting The Chinese in Southeast Asia closely identified themselves with China The businessmen in Southeast Asia were doing their utmost to raise funds to support the Kuomingtang in the fight against the Japanese who had invaded China The Sino Japanese War had gone on for five years by 1942 longer if we start counting from the Manchurian Incident The local Indians' euivalent would be the British and by extension her allies including Australia Unfortunately for the Indians the Japanese lost eventually and they would always be viewed as people who allied themselves with the enemy In my conversation with the author which occurred after I read A Gentleman's Word The Legacy of Subhas Chandra Bose in Southeast Asia but before I read this book I brought this issue up due to currency Ms Silver's merely said They switched sides That was spoken in a matter of fact way and she left it at that Now having read the book I must state my respect for how she was so unusually calm in no way did she try to influence me with her opinion In my ignorance I had thought that she did not have a strong opinion because it was 'not her area' Now I know better How can anyone researching into the Malayan Campaign not know a lot about the Indians' participation at all levels? If I need evidence it was all in the bookThis book provides many issues for the reader to ponder upon the change in the Japanese attitudes from demanding that everyone dies for the Emperor to finger pointing once they knew they were implicated; the morality of sending one to death even though the ambiguous Japanese language might have given grounds for doubts; the controversy behind Ian Ward's accusation of Godwin's method of extracting confessions very well rebuffed by Ms Silver among others This event is so little known that there are only two books written on it This being one and the other is from the recollection of one of the two survivors Lt Ben Hackney It is a shame that this book is not well known or easily available for it is a thoroughly researched engagingly written and highly educational Those who are interested in the Malayan Campaign should not miss this one

The Bridge at Parit Sulong - an Investigation of Mass
  • Paperback
  • 485 pages
  • The Bridge at Parit Sulong - an Investigation of Mass Murder Malaya 1942
  • Lynette Ramsay Silver
  • English
  • 09 April 2016
  • 9780949284655