Title: You’ll Die in Singapore – The True Account of one of the most Amazing POW Escapes in WW2
Author: McCormac, Charles
Edition: 1st Edition
Publication Date: 2009
Cover: Soft Cover without Dust Jacket – 232 pages
Comments: This is the true account of one of the most amazing POW escapes in WWII. Weakened by hunger, thirst and ill-treatment, author Charles McCormac, then a World War Two prisoner-of-war in Japanese-occupied Singapore, knew that if he did not escape he would die. With 16 other Australian and British prisoners, he broke out of Pasir Panjang camp and began an epic two-thousand-mile escape from the island of Singapore, through the jungles of Indonesia to Australia.
With no compass and no map, and only the goodwill of villagers and their own wits to rely on, the Australian and British POWs’ escape took a staggering five months and only two out of the original 17 men survived: one Australian, Donaldson, and one Brit, McCormac (the author).
You’ll Die in Singapore is Charles McCormac’s compelling true account of one of the most horrifying and amazing escapes in World War Two. McCormac and his taciturn Aussie sidekick Donaldson completely outwitted the enemy despite extraordinary odds against them. It is a story of courage, endurance and compassion and makes for a very gripping read.
Charles McCormac was born in England and educated in Australia before joining the RAF at the age of 18. He fought in WWII, was captured and imprisoned in Singapore and was one of only two men to survive a dramatic five-month great escape from Singapore to Australia. Upon returning to Britain, he was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal. He passed away in 1985 at the age of 70.