B-24 Bridge Busters: RAF Liberators over Burma and Thailand provides a gripping and detailed account of RAF Liberator missions against the Japanese in Asia. British and Commonwealth aircrews displayed great gallantry in many instances on low-level precise bombing sorties destroying specific targets, including a great number of bridges constructed by the Japanese in their conquest to reach India. A number of detailed accounts are based upon personal flying logbooks and other unique material originating from the pilots and aircrews. 159 Squadron was the first four engined heavy bomber squadron which flew from India and operated over Burma. They instigated greater accuracy in destroying a multitude of vital targets. The legendary film The Bridge over the River Kwai (1957) evokes images that are historically set in celluloid; however, that blockbusting film had separated fact from fiction and this book examines the true events that took place through Bridge Busting , including techniques developed and deployed by the RAF against the Japanese.
Last Post Over the River Kwai is the carefully researched account of the experiences of the officers and men of 2nd Battalion The East Surreys during the Second World War.Stationed in Shanghai in the early 1940s, the Battalion was deployed to Malaya and fought gallantly to slow the Japanese advance. After heavy losses the survivors found themselves POWs in Singapore in February 1942 after the humiliating surrender which Churchill described as Britains worst ever military disaster.The next three and a half years saw members of the Battalion suffering appalling hardship at the hands of their brutal Japanese captors, whether in Singapore, on the Death Railway, Malaya or Japan itself, as wells as on hellships. Many died but remarkably the majority survived to tell their story. Their prolonged captivity with unbelievable hardship, deprivation and cruelty makes for distressing but inspiring reading.
Newspaper journalism is a romantic profession. The men and women who wrote for newspapers in the twentieth century started work in a 'Hold the front page!' atmosphere: hot metal, clicking typewriters and inky fingers. In this fascinating collection, the latest in the Scottish Working People's History Trust series, Ian MacDougall has captured the memories of 22 veteran journalists from a wide range of newspapers all over Scotland, some local, some national. The earliest entrant started work in 1929, just before the Great Depression, the latest in the mid 1950s. Their accounts, like so much of oral history, describe a physical world we have almost lost sight of since the computer revolution. But it was a different social world too: it would be unusual for school leavers today to start work as 'copy-boys' running out for cigarettes or filling gluepots for their scary older colleagues. Journalists had to turn their hands to anything from flower shows to air raids, from Hess's landing near Eaglesham to royal visits; and women often had to fight their corner to get started as young reporters. As journalist Neal Ascherson says in his foreword, the book contains 'a swathe of Scottish social history': virtually all these journalists made their way from humble backgrounds, drawn by the desire for an exciting rather than a safe job - and above all one full of human interest.
The best guide to Southeast Asia, completely updated Jungle treks, smoldering volcanos, and white-sand beaches Colorful bazaars, crafts villages, reliable jewelers and electronics stores--and where to get clothes made to order Wondrous golden palaces and ancient temple complexes Where to stay and eat, no matter what your budget Memorable accommodations, from beachside bungalows to luxurious mountaintop villas and swank urban palaces Stylish Pacific Rim cuisine, high tea in Singapore, tasty local delicacies from cafes, noodle stands, and hawker centers Fresh, thorough, practical--from writers you can trust Costs, hours, descriptions, and tips by the thousands All reviews based on visits by savvy writer-residents 58 pages of maps, vacation itineraries, and more Important Contacts A to Z; Smart Travel Tips; Fodor's Choice; What's Where; Pleasures & Pastimes; New & Noteworthy; complete index.
Discover Thailand's dynamic capital with the most incisive and entertaining guide book on the market. Whether you plan to visit the Grand Palace, drift along the Thornburi canals or sip cocktails at the Sky Bar, The Rough Guide to Bangkok will show you the ideal places to sleep, eat, drink, shop and visit along the way. Independent, trusted reviews written with Rough Guides' trademark blend of humour, honesty and insight, to help you get the most out of your visit, with options to suit every budget. Full-colour chapter maps throughout and a full-page-size city plan - to navigate Dusit's grand boulevards or the narrow streets of Chinatown without needing to get online. Stunning images - a rich collection of inspiring colourphotography. Things not to miss - Rough Guides'rundown of Bangkok's best sights and experiences. Itineraries - carefully planned routes to help you organize your trip. Detailed coverage - whether in the city centre or out in the suburbs and beyond, this travel guide has in-depth practical advice for every step of the way. Areas covered include: Ratanakosin, Banglamphu, Chinatownand Pahurat, Thonburi, Dusit, Downtown, Chatuchak Weekend Market. Attractions include: Wat Phra Kaeo, Wat Arun, National Museum, Jim Thompson's House, Chinatown, Chatuchak Weekend Market. Listings chapters - from accommodation and restaurants to clubs and live music, plus festivals, events and kids' Bangkok. Basics - essential pre-departure practical information including getting there, local transport, the media, tourist information, public holidays, costs, entry requirements and more. Background information - a Contexts chapter devoted to history, books and film, plus a handy language section and glossary. Make the Most of Your Time on Earth with The Rough Guide to Bangkok. About Rough Guides: Escape the everyday with Rough Guides. We are a leading travel publisher known for our "tell it like it is" attitude, up-to-date content and great writing. Since 1982, we've published books covering more than 120 destinations around the globe, with a never-growing series of ebooks, a range of beautiful, inspirational reference titles, and an award-winning website. We pride ourselves on our accurate, honest and informed travel guides.
Thailand has come into its own as a premier Asian destination, and Frommer's holds the key to worry-free travel in this exotic land, with insider tips on planning, getting around, etiquette, and local customs. We'll take you to spectacular beaches, majestic temples, and elephant trekking in the Northern Hills -- and we help guide travelers through the confusing, bustling, but intriguing city of Bangkok.
The updated sixth edition of the comprehensive film reference features more than 7,500 alphabetically organized entries on the artistic, technical, and commercial aspects of movies, including style, genres, actors and actresses, directors, producers, and motion picture studios. Original. 20,000 first printing.