In the Shadow of Death

The Story of a Medic on the Burma Railway 1942-45

Idris James Barwick

Date Published :
February 2022
Publisher :
Pen and Sword
Editor :
Elizabeth Garland
Illustration :
32 photos
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Binding. : Hardback
ISBN : 9781844152469
Pages : 224
Dimensions : 9.25 X 6.25 inches
Stock Status : Out of stock
Binding. : Paperback
ISBN : 9781399014427
Pages : 304
Dimensions : 9.1 X 6.1 inches
Stock Status : In stock


Idris (Taff) James was a driver in the Royal Army Service Corps and one of the thousands of young British soldiers taken prisoner by the Japanese in early 1942. He was ordered to become a ‘medic’ by his Company Commander, who must have been a very shrewd judge of character. His account of the conditions and suffering endured by his fellow prisoners and himself makes for the most extraordinary and disturbing reading. Taff suffered from dysentery, malaria, beri beri and cholera but, unlike so many, he survived. His description of the courage of his fellow captives and, regrettably, the failings of some in authority, give grounds for serious thought. If you only read one book by a POW of the Japanese, this is the one.

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