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By Frances Cogan

More than 5 thousand American civilian males, girls, and youngsters residing within the Philippines in the course of global warfare II have been constrained to internment camps following Japan's overdue December 1941 victories in Manila. Captured tells the tale of way of life in 5 diverse camps--the crowded housing, mounting familial and overseas tensions, heavy exertions, and more and more serious malnourishment that made the internees' rescue a race with hunger. Frances B. Cogan explores the occasions at the back of this approximately four-year captivity, explaining how and why this little-known internment happened. an intensive old account, the publication addresses a number of arguable matters concerning the internment, together with eastern intentions towards their prisoners and the U.S. country Department's position in permitting the presence of yankee civilians within the Philippines in the course of wartime.

Supported by means of diaries, memoirs, conflict crimes transcripts, jap squaddies' debts, scientific information, and lots of different assets, Captured provides an in depth and relocating chronicle of the internees' efforts to outlive. Cogan compares dwelling stipulations in the internment camps with lifestyles in POW camps and with the residing stipulations of jap squaddies past due within the battle. An afterword discusses the stories of internment survivors after the conflict, combining scientific and felony records with own anecdotes to create a testomony to the millions of usa citizens whose captivity haunted them lengthy after the struggle ended.

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According to official communiques from USAFFE (United States Armed Forces, Far East, under MacArthur s command), from the first bombings even to the fall of Bataan, despite the dastardly attack both in Hawaii and shortly thereafter in the Philippines, the Americans were "doing something about it"; according to the bulletins, Japanese troops were being killed at an enormous rate and stores of Japanese materiel burned to ashes. As one historian points out, MacArthur took measures even to expunge any negative information from the historical record (Long, 118).

This was the graceful life of country gentry or what passed for that class on the islands. As Alva Hill describes it, life for middle-class American couples on most of the islands was primarily characterized by elaborate social gatherings: Dinner parties are a favorite indoor sport, with cocktail parties a close second. The women invariably wear long dresses, and the men, white jackets. Bridge, poker, and mahjong parties are also popular. M. Many of the men go to their clubs for tennis, or handball, or swimming after office hours.

Other scholars such as Gavin Daws would support his notion, pointing out the racism of the Japanese toward all other races (179). The flamboyant Carlos Romulo, however, is more specific in his accusations about spies. He discusses "massive Japanese espionage activity" in the Philippines prior to the war and cites bars around military bases as prime hangouts for picking up useful information from relaxed and intoxicated American soldiers. He also claims that many of the finest propagandists in the Far East and especially in the Philippines either were, or traveled as, Buddhist monks.

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