Jungle Soldier : The True Story of Freddy Spencer Chapman, Paperback Book

Jungle Soldier : The True Story of Freddy Spencer Chapman Paperback

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Arctic explorer, survival expert and naturalist Freddy Spencer Chapman was trapped behind enemy lines when the Japanese overran Malaya in 1942.

His response was to begin a commando campaign of such lethal effectiveness that the Japanese deployed an entire regiment to hunt him down, believing that a 200-strong guerrilla army was responsible for the wholesale destruction of their convoys.

He was wounded, and racked by tropical disease. His companions were killed, or captured and then beheaded.

Cut off from friendly forces, his only shelter the deep jungle, Chapman held out for three years and five months.

Jungle Soldier recounts the thrilling and unforgettable adventures of the North country orphan who survived against all odds to become a legend of guerrilla warfare.


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An undoubtably fascinating life but strangely uninvolving, and I think that a lot of this is because of Brian Moynahan's writing. I never felt te connection with Freedy Spencer Chapman that the author clearly did. This I thought was a shame, as it was clearly a hero worship event for the author. Criticisms would include the fact that FSC seems curiously souless at times, being just a man "that survived". This certainly was an epic of survival but not really of war, it is a story of surviving the harshest odds, and struggle but I never got the feeling that the Japanese were hunting FSC and I never got the feeling of tension. FSC certainily was an Englishman in the Boys Own adventure sense and that does come across. I think that the exhaustative account of FSC's various tracts across the Malayan interior got very montonous, and felt like a PhD thesis on what this man did when rather than an illustration of his life. It was good in parts, but I would not read it again

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Wow, what bravery and courage. Most would have given up but people like Chapman wouldn't know the meaning. A true hero

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