By Bob Jackson
‘There a blue flash observed by way of a ver y shiny magnesium-type flare … Then got here a frighteningly loud yet particularly flat explosion, which used to be by way of a blast of sizzling air … All this was once by means of eerie silence.’
This used to be Cork healthcare professional Aidan MacCarthy’s description of the atomic bomb explosion above Nagasaki in August 1945, simply over a mile from the place he was once trembling in a makeshift bomb defend within the Mitsubishi POW camp.
At the tip of the struggle, a jap oﬃcer did the unthinkable: he surrendered his samurai sword to MacCarthy, his enemy and previous prisoner.
This is the surprising tale of the wartime adventures of Dr Aidan MacCarthy, who survived the evacuation at Dunkirk, burning planes, sinking ships, jungle struggle and appalling privation as a eastern prisoner of war.
It is a narrative of survival, forgiveness and humanity at its so much admirable.
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A Doctor's Sword: How an Irish Doctor Survived War, Captivity and the Atomic Bomb by Bob Jackson