This translation from Chinese brings to an English language readership one of the finest examples of people-to-people co-operation between China and Britain. It should not be forgotten.
The translator, Brian Finch, was commissioned into the Middlesex Regiment in 1960 and served with one of the survivors of the Lisbon Maru Incident, sparking a life-long interest.
A story of horror, hardship, and extraordinary courage.
A FAITHFUL RECORD OF THE LISBON MARU INCIDENT translates an original Chinese publication covering an important chapter in Hong Kong’s wartime history, with additional material and commentary. It gives details of the Lisbon Maru Incident of 1942, seen through the eyes of the Chinese fishermen who rescued hundreds of British prisoners of war from Hong Kong, whose ship had been torpedoed. A Faithful Record also recounts the visit to Zhoushan in 2005 of one of the survivors and his emotional reunion with those who saved him. It also describes a visit to Hong Kong in the same year of the last few remaining fishermen who had taken part in the rescue.
“Today, this human tragedy – and the heroism it inspired – is no longer forgotten.”
— Tony Banham, author of The Sinking of the “Lisbon Maru”: Britain’s Forgotten Wartime Tragedy and Not the Slightest Chance: The Defence of Hong Kong 1941.
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