By Bob Jackson
‘There a blue flash followed by way of a ver y shiny magnesium-type flare … Then got here a frighteningly loud yet quite flat explosion, which used to be through a blast of sizzling air … All this was once by way of eerie silence.’
This was once Cork health care provider Aidan MacCarthy’s description of the atomic bomb explosion above Nagasaki in August 1945, simply over a mile from the place he used to be trembling in a makeshift bomb look after within the Mitsubishi POW camp.
At the tip of the battle, a jap oﬃcer did the unthinkable: he surrendered his samurai sword to MacCarthy, his enemy and previous prisoner.
This is the staggering tale of the wartime adventures of Dr Aidan MacCarthy, who survived the evacuation at Dunkirk, burning planes, sinking ships, jungle battle and appalling privation as a jap prisoner of war.
It is a narrative of survival, forgiveness and humanity at its so much admirable.
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