The Far East

Books that feature military activities in South East Asia during the Second World War


A Diver's Escapades

by Glennys E Forrester-Brown
The early life and wartime experiences of Joe Forrester – a lad from the Potteries who served in the Royal Navy as a diver during World War II

A Man Alone

by Peter Court
The experiences of Sgt Robert T. (Bob) Robinson who faced insubordination from his platoon in the 14th ‘Forgotten’ Army in India & Burma during World War II
World War II memoir

A Passage to Peshawar

by Bill Precey

Misadventures of a young officer in the Indian Army during WW2
Aviation memoir

Adventures of a Flying Dutchman

by Rudolf J Idzerda
Autobiography of a WW2 pilot in the Netherlands Naval Air Service who went on to become a Rear Admiral and later a Director of the World Wildlife Fund
RAF biography

Chocks Away!

by Wing Commander John Leighton Beck DFC*
The memoirs and letters of  a WW2 bomber pilot with 214 and 159 Squadrons
Biography/World War II history

Flying Boats, Fathers & Fate

by Trevor Richter
A tale of two RAF pilots in the Far East during World War IIand the remarkable coincidence that connected them

From Port T to RAF Gan

by Peter Doling

Colourful history of the remote military base at Addu Atoll in the Maldive Islands 1941-76
Autobiography / WW2

From Ypres to Georgetown

by Bob Simmons (with Sheryl Sinclair)
An Englishman’s adventures in Europe & the Far East during World War II& postwar career in Television

Hunt Like a Tiger

by Tom Docherty

Illustrated history of 230 Squadron and its Sunderland flying boats 1939-45
World War II poetry

No Poppies in the Jungle

by Kenneth Child
War Poems & Drawings depicting the Burma Campaign during World War 2

Operation Pharos

by Ken Rosam

A history of the WW2 Allied airbase on the Cocos Keeling Islands in the Indian Ocean
RAF memoir

Over Hell and High Water

by Leslie Parsons

The author's two full tours as an RAF navigator in WW2 ~ with 622 Sqn in the UK and 99 Sqn in SE Asia
RAF memoir

Percy's Piece of the War

by Percy Shipperbottom

Exploits of an RAF High Speed Launch Wireless Operator in the UK and Far East during World War 2

Seletar: Crowning Glory

by David Taylor

An informal history of RAF Seletar, the Royal Air Force base in Singapore, from its earliest origins to the departure of the RAF in 1971, illustrated with many vintage photos
military biography WW2 SE Asia

The Tall Man Who Never Slept

by James Bradley

Biography of Cyril Wild, a Japanese-speaking British officer who played a significant role in the history of Singapore during World War 2