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by Alf 'Blackie' Baker
Schiffer  1991
Hardcover
336 pages
Index, photos
ISBN: 1-871330-43-2
Cover Price: £12.50

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What Price Bushido?

This book is the autobiography of Alf Baker, a member of the British Royal Artillery who surrendered at Singapore, and became a prisoner of the Japanese for the duration of the war.

First imprisoned at Changi POW Camp, Baker was one of the 600 British artillerymen transferred aboard a 'hell-ship' to Rabaul. There, 517 were transferred to Ballale Island, none from this contingent survived. Of the remainder at Rabaul, including Baker, they spent the remained of the war on Watom Island. By the end of the war, only 18 of this group survived, including Baker.

This book tells Baker's recollections of POW life and his personal experiences. In memory, Baker died at the end of November, 2008.

Review by  Justin Taylan

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