The Unforgettable Story of the Dog Who Went to War and Became A True Hero

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British bestselling author Damien Lewis is an award-winning journalist who has spent twenty years reporting from war, disaster, and conflict zones. Now Lewis brings his first-rate narrative skills to bear on the inspiriting tale of Judy--an English pointer who perhaps was the only canine prisoner of war.

After being bombed and shipwrecked repeatedly while serving for several wild and war-torn years as a mascot of the World War II Royal Navy Yangtze river gunboats the Gnat and the Grasshopper , Judy ended up in Japanese prisoner of war camps in North Sumatra. Along with locals as slave labor, the American, Australian, and British POWs were forced to build a 1,200-mile single-track railroad through the most horrifying jungles and treacherous mountain passes. Like the one immortalized in the film The Bridge on the River Kwai , this was the other death-railroad building project where POWs slaved under subhuman conditions.

In the midst of this living hell was a beautiful and regal-looking liver and white English pointer named Judy. Whether she was scavenging food to help feed the starving inmates of a hellish Japanese POW camp, or by her presence alone bringing inspiration and hope to men, she was cherished and adored by the Allied servicemen who fought to survive alongside her.

Judy's uncanny ability to sense danger, matched with her quick thinking and impossible daring saved countless lives. More than a close companion she shared in both the men's tragedies and joys. It was in recognition of the extraordinary friendship and protection she offered amidst the unforgiving and savage environment of a Japanese prison camp in Indonesia that she gained her formal status as a POW. From the author of The Dog Who Could Fly and the co-author of Sergeant Rex and It's All About Treo comes one of the most heartwarming and inspiring tales you will ever read.
Publisher: New York : Quercus, ©2014.
ISBN: 9781623654429
Characteristics: xxii, 295 pages ;,24 cm.


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Feb 25, 2017

What a great book. I couldn't put it down. I hadn't known several aspects of the war, including the boats on the Yangtze, and the railroad building by POW's in that area. Judy was a completely amazing dog, and I am glad I got to know about her.

caj1222204441801 Feb 18, 2015

what an inspirational book about Judy and her plight as a prisoner of war. well written and a joy to read. it makes you thankful for what you have each and every day.

Dec 22, 2014

This is great read...all about a gun boat dog and how she helps her fellow sailors and then prisoners of war from the Yangtze to POW camps in Sumatra and other locations.
Good Read.
Check out The Dog Who Could Fly by the same author about a different war and different dog.

Dec 22, 2014

I had read a previous book about the Dog Who Could Fly by this same author. Different time period and different war. I knew this one would be excellent also. I wasn't so aware of the British Gun Boats up and down the Yangtze and what happened after Japan invaded...it's pretty brutal but there is hope and the resilience of the human spirit.. Definitely worth the read!

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