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A hero British officer's dramatic escape from a Japanese POW camp can finally be told after his war diaries came to light 76 years later.
Major John Monro was captured at the Battle of Hong Kong in December 1941 but two months later successfully escaped from the notorious Japanese POW camp at Sham Shui Po.
He sneaked through a hole in the barbed wire at the perimeter of the water locked camp then waded into the sea, dragging a life raft he had built out of any materials he could muster behind him while trying to avoid detection.
Upon reaching land, he disappeared into the dense Chinese countryside and embarked on an epic 1,200 mile trek across inhospitable terrain to reach China's wartime capital at Chongqing, reaching the destination two months later.