A STOCKBROKER before the Second World War, Tony Branfoot was sent out to the Dutch East Indies with a squadron of his tank regiment in 1942, and was later captured by the Japanese in Java. He spent the rest of the war in captivity, from 1943 in the camps of the Spice Islands (Moluccas).
The story of the camps in these enchantingly named islands, though little publicised, is one of deprivation and cruelty equal to anything experienced by captives of the Japanese elsewhere. Of the 4,000 to 5,000 prisoners of war sent to work in the Spice Islands â â€ mainly British and Dutch servicemen â â€ half had perished before the war's end. ... [more]