No Mercy, No Leniency: Communist Mistreatment of British Prisoners of War in Korea - Cyril CunninghamLondon: Leo Cooper, 2000, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good+ — in Very Good+ Dust Wrapper.
Includes: Black & white photographs; Maps (1); Glossary; Appendix;
From the cover: “Although much has been written about the mistreatment of American and other POWs in Korea, for the past fifty years the true story of British prisoners during the Korean War has remained untold. No Mercy, No Leniency rectifies this omission with authority.
Cyril Cunningham was Scientific Advisor to A19, the MOD Prisoner of War Intelligence Organization, and one of the principal debriefers of repatriated prisoners. He also wrote an unpublished official report. He is therefore uniquely qualified to relate this fascinating and often shocking saga.
Far from sensationalizing the cruelties perpetrated by the Communists on their helpless prisoners, the author describes the mistreatment with a clear sense of proportion. His description of the different approaches adopted by the North Koreans and the Chinese and the reactions of their victims makes compelling reading. The real secrets of Communist ‘brainwashing’, indoctrination and interrogation techniques are revealed. The book also discloses for the first time the scale of escape attempts and resistance activities of the prisoners which unexpectedly sabotaged the Chinese Communists’ traditional POW policy.
While there are many outstanding examples of personal courage, the treachery of a minority who betrayed their fellow prisoners is also revealed as is the extent of voluntary and involuntary political cooperation with their captors.
No Mercy, No Leniency is a long overdue analysis of a large scale programme of prolonged and systematic human rights abuse. It will surely come to be regarded as the authoritative study of this shameful chapter of man’s habitual inhumanity to his fellow man.”