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On Big Flowery Hill A Soldier's Journal of a Secret Mission into Occupied China, 1942 John Hay
HB medium Size Edition pages brilliant overall used condition, although cover slight rubbed, marked, bumped shelf wear, secondhand book, this is a carefully selected pre-loved book.
Revealing, insightful, extremely informative covering 1942 secret mission 2,000 miles into occupied China, 25 year old John Hay kept a diary, the story of British Commando unit 204 British Military Mission into occupied China. Detailed narration of daily routine depicting the gradual decline of the mission's morale, health & military effectiveness, is juxtaposed with the young soldier's discovery of China. The country's mysterious landscapes & unexpected magnificence are seen through his eyes & portrayed here in astonishing photographs & writing of intimate directness & simplicity. More than a beautiful book this is a moving document of one man's story of war, conveyed with eloquent power of authenticity. The aim was to enter China which Japan had already invaded & to act as guerrilla warfare instructors & sabotage experts for troop of Nationalist Chinese leader Chiang Kai Shek, Once Japan declared war they were to carry out guerrilla raids to divert Japanese attentions from Allied forces elsewhere in Asia, well illustrated 30 original photographs, lots more,

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