In 1942, After just 70 days of desperate fighting, what was left of the British Army had surrendered. The British Empire was on its knees. And so begins the Japanese Occupation of terror. But, In the depths of the harsh Malayan jungle, a small group of courageous British officers remained behind. Their mission: to train the native guerrilla forces and to battle on. The Jungle Is Neutral is Spencer Chapman’s incredible story of his three years in the jungle. A moving, unforgettable saga of deadly encounters with the enemy, fortitude, horrifying diseases, death, and ultimately, victory.
“Fascinating…a thrilling story in a brave man’s life.” The New York Times
“One of the greatest of war stories of individual enterprise and adventure.” Daily Express
“Well-written…filled with fascinating information and exciting adventures.” The Nation
About the Author
Frederick Spencer Chapman was born in 1907. He read English and History at Cambridge. Taking part in expeditions to Greenland and to Himalaya, Chapman made the first ascent of Chomolhari, in 1937. After Dunkirk, he was assigned to a Special Training Centre as a Commando instructor. In September 1941 he was posted to Malaya to help organise local resistance against the impending Japanese invasion. It was the beginning of his career as a truly outstanding strategist of guerrilla warfare. His four thrilling, danger-filled years spent in the jungle with the Malayan People’s Anti-Japanese Army are the theme of The Jungle Is Neutral.
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