By Bob Jackson
‘There a blue flash observed by way of a ver y vivid magnesium-type flare … Then got here a frighteningly loud yet quite flat explosion, which was once through a blast of sizzling air … All this was once via eerie silence.’
This used to be Cork health professional 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 defend within the Mitsubishi POW camp.
At the top of the struggle, a eastern oﬃcer did the unthinkable: he surrendered his samurai sword to MacCarthy, his enemy and previous prisoner.
This is the miraculous 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 eastern prisoner of war.
It is a narrative of survival, forgiveness and humanity at its so much admirable.
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