South to Bataan, North to Mukden

The Prison Diary of Brigadier General W. E. Brougher

Title Details

Pages: 248

Trim size: 6.000in x 9.000in



Pub Date: 12/01/2010

ISBN: 9-780-8203-3795-1

List Price: $28.95

South to Bataan, North to Mukden

The Prison Diary of Brigadier General W. E. Brougher

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This is the diary of Brigadier General William Edward Brougher, who, after distinguishing himself as a combat leader in the unsuccessful defense of the Philippines, stoically endured confinement in Japanese prison camps in Luzon, Taiwan, Kyushu, and Manchuria from 1942 to 1945. Brougher’s frank, terse, and moving day-by-day descriptions of his sufferings and those of his fellow prisoners provide an absorbing account of human behavior under harsh conditions and terrible stress. Since his fellow inmates were the high-ranking officers and civilian governors of the surrendered American, British, and Dutch colonies of Southeast Asia, the diary is also an interesting study of interallied relations under extraordinary circumstances.

Editor D. Clayton James provides a narrative account of General Brougher’s combat record in the first Philippine campaign, accompanied by sketches of prison life drawn by a Dutch prisoner, Major General H. J. D. de Fremery. Also included are maps illustrating Brougher’s military operations and his travels as a prisoner from camp to camp.

About the Author/Editor

W. E. Brougher (Author)
W. E. BROUGHER (1889–1965) was a career officer in the U.S. Army. He was a brigadier general in command of the 11th Division of the Philippine Army when, in April 1942, he was taken prisoner by the Japanese and held for three-and-a-half years—until liberated by Russian troops in Manchuria.

D. Clayton James (Editor)
D. CLAYTON JAMES (1931–2004) was a history professor at Virginia Military Institute, where he held the John Biggs ’30 Cincinnati Chair in Military History. He is the author or editor of nine books, including the three-volume biographyThe Years of MacArthur, which received the Truman Book Award.