Captivity, Slavery and Survival as a Far East POW

The Magician Who Defied the Japanese

Peter Fyans

This is the story of Gus Anckorn, a British soldier who was captured by the Japanese and held for over three and a half years. Throughout the war, Gus entertained both fellow soldiers and Japanese guards with his magic tricks. This is an incredibly moving book and will surely be considered a classic Far East POW story.
Date Published :
April 2012
Publisher :
Pen and Sword
Language:
English
Illustration :
illustrated
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Binding. : Hardback
ISBN : 9781848846227
Pages : 256
Dimensions : 9 X 6 inches
Stock Status : In stock
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$39.95

Overview
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Captivity, Slavery and Survival as a Far East POW is the incredibly moving story of Gus Anckorn, a British soldier who was captured by the Japanese and held for over three and a half years. Before the war, Gus was a magician and throughout the war, entertained both fellow soldiers and Japanese guards with his tricks.

Gus has a brilliant sense of humor and a 'tell it as it is' attitude which got him into a number of scrapes with both the Japanese and his own side. He has a remarkable humility to his character and is extremely endearing, both in the book and face to face guaranteeing massive media attention.

Gus experienced terrible ordeals that no one should have to face. He should have been killed on four or five occasions, but remarkably survived due to quick thinking and good luck. Gus also reveals the heartache of leaving his fiancee behind and not knowing if he would ever see her again.

This is an incredibly moving book and will surely be considered as one of the classic Far East POW stories. Gus is still alive and active today, very publicity focused and well connected. He still holds the unique claim of being the youngest ever member of the Magic Circle and is now currently their oldest ever member. He is also a member of the Masons. Gus has appeared on BBC TV when they arranged for him to meet a Japanese POW camp guard on the bridge at Kwai.

About The Author
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Peter Fyans met Gus Anckorn at a charity concert and overheard him telling his wartime stories. He introduced himself and the pair have been close friends ever since. Gus’ story has been told by Peter but in his own words. Gus is still extremely active at 93 and is well known locally. Peter lives in Surrey.

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