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The Civil Defence of Malaya: A Narrative of the Part Taken by the Civilian Population of the Country in the Japanese Invasion
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The Civil Defence of Malaya: A Narrative of the Part Taken by the Civilian Population of the Country in the Japanese Invasion

By George Maxwell (compiler)

London: Hutchinson, 1944. First edition. Hardcover. Good/fair. This is not an account of the British military operations during the Japanese invasion of Malaya from 1941 to 1942, but rather an account of the role played by organised civil defence at the time. From 1940 onwards it was compulsory for all British males in the colony to be part of the force, while anyone else was welcome to volunteer. The narrative is based on the accounts of civilians who managed to escape the conflict before the fall of Singapore. 127 pages with a fold out map. For further details, please see the scanned contents page. Good Hardback in a Fair Dust Jacket. Weight 0.4kg. Post free within Malaysia The dust jacket, though still in tact, is a bit ragged. The cover has a bit of fading along the top edge and corner where it's lost the protection of the jacket. The binding is tight, the text is clear and there is mild tanning throughout.

$53.44

Media Masters\' Battlefield Guide: The Japanese Conquest of Malaya and Singapore December 1941- February 1942 (Japanese edition)
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Media Masters' Battlefield Guide: The Japanese Conquest of Malaya and Singapore December 1941- February 1942 (Japanese edition)

By Modder, R & Ian Ward

Singapore: Media Masters, 1991. Map. New. New. This large folding map that not only gives detailed accounts in text and pictures of the principal battles during the Japanese conquest of Malaysia, but also gives a day by day chronicle of events from the start to finish of the 70 day operation. The text is in Japanese Weight 0.4kg. Post free within Malaysia

$31.17

Battle Story: Singapore 1942
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Battle Story: Singapore 1942

By Chris Brown

Stroud, UK: The History Press, 2012. Hardcover. Very Good. In a clear style, the author explains the military backgrounds of the combatants, details of the action and personal experiences of those involved in Britain's greatest military defeat. 158 pages with an index and over 40 black and white photographs. Weight 0.5kg. Post free within Malaysia The cover has a few bits of rubbing and a nick in the centre of the back cover. The binding is tight, the text is clear and there is no tanning throughout.

$11.13

World War II Singapore - The Chosabu Reports on Syonan
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World War II Singapore - The Chosabu Reports on Syonan

By Gregg Huff, Shinobu Majima (ed & transl)

Singapore: NUS, 2018. Hardcover. New/new. As part of their occupation of Singapore, the Japanese created a research bureau, the Chosabu, to study the economy so that military and civilian administrators could draw on the findings when formulating social and economic policies. The reports were notoriously difficult to read, and so this exceptional translation by Gregg Huff and Shinobu Majima is a true linguistic accomplishment. These are especially important as the Japanese destroyed most records of their wartime administration, leaving the Chosabu reports as one of the few firsthand sources to have survived. 579 pages For further details, please see the scanned contents page. Weight 1.3kg Post free within Malaysia but will incur additional postage charges when posted elsewhere.

$44.54

Gentle Heroes
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Gentle Heroes

By Frank van Hennekeler

Bundaberg, Australia: Margaret and Hans van Hennekeler, 1990. Paperback. Good. This is an account of the wartime experiences of a Dutch man who came out to Malaya as a rubber planter, took part in the defence of Malaya against the Japanese and then was involved in the defence of the Netherlands Indies before being taken prisoner. His story concludes with his period working on the Burma-Thai railway, the return to Malaya of the Allies and his eventual return to the Netherlands. 137 pages with an index and a few black and white photographs. Weight 0.6kg. Post free within Malaysia The cover has some wear with a tape repair at the top of the spine and part of the spine covering coming loose. There is also a mark from a removed price label on the front cover. The binding is tight, the text is clear and there is no tanning throughout.

$22.27

The Churches of the Captivity in Malaya
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The Churches of the Captivity in Malaya

By JN Lewis Bryan

London, England: Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge, 1946. Hardcover. Very Good/good. This book provides a brief description of the Christian activities of Prisoners of War held by the Japanese after the fall of Singapore (February 1942). Rev. Bryan's aim is to show how often without chaplains prisoners started to give each other spiritual and moral uplift and to give each other hope and encouragement for the future. Included in this book is sketches, paintings and photographs of the makeshift churches used. 72 pages. Weight: 0.6kg. Post free within Malaysia The dust jacket is a little ragged around the corners. The front and rear end papers have a shadow from the dust jacket flap. Otherwise the binding is tight, the text is clear and there is no tanning throughout.

$89.07

Malaya and Its Civil Administration Prior to Japanese Occupation
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Malaya and Its Civil Administration Prior to Japanese Occupation

By The War Office

London: The War Office, 1944. First edition. Paperback. Very Good. A basic handbook prepared just before the end of World War II, possibly in anticipation of a British return. The information is mainly statistical extracted from the Malayan Year Book of 1939. 136 pages with various tables, including a fold out one and two fold out maps, a coloured one of Malaya and a black and white one of Southeast Asia. For further details, please see the scanned contents page. Weight 0.4kg. Post free within Malaysia The cover has a mark consistent with a small library label being removed and the contents page has a withdrawn stamp. The cover has minimal wear and the spine is not creased. The binding is tight, the text is clear and there is mild tanning throughout.

$111.34

Women Beyond the Wire

By Lavinia Warner & John Sandilands

London, UK : Arrow Books , 1983. 1984 Reprint. Paperback. Good. A true story of an astonishing band of women whose real-life wartime ordeal inspired Tenko, the top-rated BBC-TV drama se ries. 289 pages including appendix, bibliography and index. 0.3kg Medium to heavier tanning throughout. The spine has a major crease and there is a small bit of wear to the rest of the cover.

$6.68

Traumas and Heroism: The European Community in Sarawak during the Pacific War and Japanese Occupation, 1941-1945
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Traumas and Heroism: The European Community in Sarawak during the Pacific War and Japanese Occupation, 1941-1945

By Ooi Keat Gin

Kota Kinabalu: Opus Publications, 2007. First edition. Hard Cover. New/new. In this book one of Malaysia's leading historians has, from survivors' accounts and documentary records, painstakingly reconstructed the experiences of the European subjects of Brooke rule in Sarawak during World War II. This is the first comprehensive treatment of this important footnote to the history of the war years in the country. 278 pages with illustrations, a bibliography and index. Weight 1kg. Post free within Malaysia

$33.40

Bamboo and Bushido
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Bamboo and Bushido

By Alfred Allbury

London: Robert Hale, 1955. First edition. Hardcover. Good. The author's account of his experiences as a prisoner of war from the time of his capture at the fall of Singapore. He spent two years on the Thai-Burma railway and in the final year of the war was shipped off to Japan. He never reached there as the carrier ship was sunk, but he survived in the sea until rescued by US forces. 192 pages. Weight 0.6kg. Post free within Malaysia The spine is worn away in a couple of places, but the rest of the cover has just a few marks. There's a gift dedication covering the whole of one front end paper. The binding is tight, the text is clear and there is mild tanning throughout.

$11.13

The Worst Disaster: The Fall of Singapore
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The Worst Disaster: The Fall of Singapore

By Raymond Callahan

Singapore: Cultured Lotus, 2011. Paperback. Very Good. An unusual account of the fall of Singapore to the Japanese in 1942, that does not focus on operational issues, but rather the decision making processes, or lack of them, that took place in both London and in Malaya. The author is a US historian, specialising in late British colonial history and so is able to take a more dispassionate view of the events, particularly Churchill's bluff in hoping that Singapore would survive so as to keep the British Empire in tact. 293 pages. For further details, please see the scanned contents page. Weight 0.6kg. Post free within Malaysia The cover has hardly any signs of wear, the text block has a fair amount of spotting and there is mild tanning throughout.

$22.27

Sinister Twilight: The Fall of Singapore
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Sinister Twilight: The Fall of Singapore

By Noel Barber

London: Fontana Books, 1970. Reprint. Paperback. Fair. 6-6-16. Of the many books written about the fall of Singapore, this is probably one of the better known and more readable as Barber was an experienced journalist and successful novelist. 286 pages. For further details, please see the scanned contents page. Weight 0.4kg. Post free within Malaysia The book is well worn with a dirty cover, a price sticker on the front cover and a crease down the spine. The binding is OK except for the collection of photos in the middle where one or two are loose. The book has medium to heavy tanning throughout. Suitable as a reading copy only.

$8.91

From Syonan to Fuji-Go: The Story of the Catholic Settlement of Bahau in WWII Malaya
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From Syonan to Fuji-Go: The Story of the Catholic Settlement of Bahau in WWII Malaya

By Fiona Hodgkins

Singapore: Select Publishing, 2014. First edition. Paperback. New. For the first time the author gives a comprehensive account of an under reported series of events during the Japanese occupation of Malaya. At the time of the fall of Singapore several Catholic families, mainly Chinese and Eurasian, fled to Bahau in Negeri Sembilan as a refuge from the upheaval of the war. Through research of written records and conversations with survivors, who included her mother, Hodgkins has managed to piece together an unusual story of this group. New Paperback. First Edition. 266 pages with an index. Weight: 0.7kg. Post free within Malaysia

$40.08

The Syonan Years : Singapore Under Japanese Rule 1942-1945

By Lee Geok Boi

., Singapore: National Archives Of Singapore And Epigram Pte Ltd, 2005. First edition. Paperback. Very Good. An account of the Japanese occupation drawing extensively on the oral history of Singaporeans so as to give one of the few accounts of the occupation from an Asian perspective. 340 pages. Please see the scan of the contents page for further details. Weight: 1.7kg. Post free within Malaysia, but, due to its weight, this book is likely to incur additional postal charges when posted outside Malaysia The cover has a few light steaks of tanning and the corners have slight bumping, but otherwise the book looks new

$89.07

The Airmen and the Headhunters
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The Airmen and the Headhunters

By Judith M. Heimann

Orlando, USA: Harcourt, 2007. Paperback. Very Good. The first full account of what happened to the surviving crew of a US B-24 bomber shot down in 1944 while attempting to attack the Japanese fleet in Brunei Bay. Some twenty years later the author managed to interview members of the crew and residents of Borneo in order to piece together the story of the crew's time in the jungle trying to avoid capture in Japanese occupied Borneo. 289 pages with an index and some black and white photographs. Weight: 0.5kg. Post free within Malaysia The book looks new except for a small remainder mark on the base of the text block

$11.13

With Freedom to Singapore

By OW Gilmour

London: Ernest Benn, 1950.. Hardcover. Good/fair. Gilmour, a civil engineer who escaped Singapore in 1942, was part of both the British team planning for a return to the city in the final days of the Pacific war and also a senior member of the administration set up to take over from the Japanese. His account not only gives a graphic view of sorting out the mess that followed the Allied victory, but also speculates as to how the war was likely to give rise to a turbulent aftermath. 277 pages. For further details, please see the scanned contents page. Weight 0.6kg. Post free within Malaysia The dust jacket is still protecting the cover, but is rubbed at the edges and missing bits at the top and base of the spine and at the back. The cover is OK, but the spine lettering worn. The binding is tight, the text is clear and there is mild tanning throughout.

$66.80

World War II Japanese Tank Tactics
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World War II Japanese Tank Tactics

By Gordon Rottman

Oxford: Osprey Publishing, 2008. First edition. Paperback. New. 25-6-16. The first English language account of the composition, doctrine and battle experience of the Imperial Japanese Army tank units that were a decisive factor in their rapid advance across Asia when Japan entered the war. 64 pages with many black and white photos and illustrations of how the tanks moved when under fire. Please see the scan of the contents page for further details. Weight: 0.4kg. Post free within Malaysia

$26.72

Pengisahan Sabah: Perang Dunia Kedua/ World War Two: The Sabah\'s Story
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Pengisahan Sabah: Perang Dunia Kedua/ World War Two: The Sabah's Story

By Arkib Negeri Sabah

Kota Kinabalu: Arkib Negeri Sabah, 2010. Paperback. New. A survey of the experiences of both the population of what was then British North Borneo and the allied forces taken prisoner there during the Japanese occupation of the territory. The work is based mainly on oral accounts collected at the time of the 60th anniversary of the Sandakan Memorial. There are also numerous official and private photographs illustrating the period. The book is in both English and Malay. 143 pages with a list of references. Weight: 0.8kg. Post free within Malaysia

$26.72

The Long and the Short and the Tall
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The Long and the Short and the Tall

By Willis Hall

Essex, UK: Heinemann Educational Publishers, 1994. Reprint. Hardcover. Very Good. Set in war time Malaya, this play dramatises the plight of a British army patrol checking on Japanese movements as they advanced towards Singapore. The patrol takes a Japanese prisoner. With clever dramatic tension, through the differing reaction of the captors, Hall poses the central question of war - why do we kill other human beings? 105 pages with study notes. Weight: 0.4kg. Post free within Malaysia A previous owner's name is written on the inside front cover, which also has some slight bumping. The binding is tight and the text clear with no tanning throughout.

$11.13

The Changi Murals: The Story of Stanley Warren\'s War
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The Changi Murals: The Story of Stanley Warren's War

By Peter W Stubbs

Singapore: Landmark Books, 2003. Paperback. As New. The Changi Murals are a set of four murals depicting Christian scenes that were painted by Stanley Warren on the walls of St. Luke's chapel at Changi, where prisoners of war of the Japanese were kept. Although their existence is reasonably well known to residents of and visitors to Singapore, the story behind the paintings' creation, obliteration and rediscovery is less familiar. This book fills that gap and includes more details of the life of Stanley Warren, the artist responsible. 111 pages. For further details, please see the scanned contents page. Weight: 0.4kg. Post free within Malaysia

$13.36

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