“Riveting, tough, shifting.”—The Observer, “Compelling . . .A ebook that should be learn.”—Daily Mail. A story of virtually unattainable struggling.” –BBC Radio 4. “Urquhart grabs our consideration with unforgettable tales.”—Minneapolis Megastar-Tribune

This is the strange story of a tender guy, conscripted at nineteen, who survived now not only one however 3 separate encounters with loss of life—encounters which killed just about all his comrades. Silent for over fifty years, that is Alistair Urquhart’s strange, shifting, and inspirational story of survival in opposition to the chances.

Alistair Urquhart was once a number of the Gordon Highlanders captured via the Eastern in Singapore all through International Conflict II. He now not simplest survived 750 days within the jungle operating as a slave at the infamous “loss of life railway” and the bridge at the River Kwai, however he was once due to this fact taken prisoner on one of the crucial Eastern “hellships” which was once later torpedoed, killing just about everybody on board—however now not Urquhart.

He spent 5 days adrift on a raft within the South China Sea prior to being rescued via a Eastern whaling send. He was once then taken to Japan and compelled to paintings in a mine close to Nagasaki. months later he was once struck via the blast from the atomic bomb—dropped simply ten miles away.

In overdue August 1945, now a slightly-residing skeleton, he was once freed via the American Army and was once in a position to wash for the primary time in 3 and a part years.