Tomorrow You Die: The Astonishing Survival Story of a Second World War Prisoner of the Japanese

Tomorrow You Die The Astonishing Survival Story of a Second World War Prisoner of the Japanese Andy Coogan was born in Glasgow in the oldest child of poor Irish immigrants He was tipped for Olympic glory but a promising running career was interrupted by war service His capture during the

  • Title: Tomorrow You Die: The Astonishing Survival Story of a Second World War Prisoner of the Japanese
  • Author: Andy Coogan
  • ISBN: 9781780575698
  • Page: 296
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Andy Coogan was born in Glasgow in 1917, the oldest child of poor Irish immigrants He was tipped for Olympic glory, but a promising running career was interrupted by war service His capture during the fall of Singapore marked the beginning of a three and a half year nightmare of starvation, torture and disease Andy was imprisoned in the notorious Changi camp before beinAndy Coogan was born in Glasgow in 1917, the oldest child of poor Irish immigrants He was tipped for Olympic glory, but a promising running career was interrupted by war service His capture during the fall of Singapore marked the beginning of a three and a half year nightmare of starvation, torture and disease Andy was imprisoned in the notorious Changi camp before being transported to Taiwan, where he worked as a slave in a copper mine and was twice ordered to dig his own grave He was later taken to Japan on a hell ship voyage that nearly killed him, but Andy s athleticism and spirit enabled him to survive an ordeal in which many died From his poverty stricken boyhood in the slums of the Gorbals to the atomic wasteland of Nagasaki, Andy s life story is vividly recounted in Tomorrow You Die , an epic, compassionate tale that will shock, enthral and inspire.

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  • Andy Coogan

    Andy Coogan was a Scottish author, World War II veteran and former champion runner.Born in Glasgow, the oldest child of poor Irish immigrants, Coogan s promising athletic career was interrupted by the outbreak of World War II As a young man, his goal was to compete in the Olympic Games for Great Britain, but the terrible consequences of war and imprisonment left him physically unable to continue this pursuit.Captured during the Fall of Singapore, Coogan was interned at the Changi camp site of the modern day Changi Prison before being transported to Taiwan, where he worked as a slave in a copper mine and was twice ordered to dig his own grave He was later sent to Japan on a hell ship voyage that nearly killed him.After the war, Coogan returned to Scotland and founded Tayside Amateur Athletic Club, competing in veteran athletics and devoting himself to encouraging everyone in the community to participate in sport.In August 2012, Mainstream Publishing published Coogan s autobiography Tomorrow You Die The Astonishing Survival Story of a Second World War Prisoner of the Japanese the story of his poverty stricken boyhood in the slums of the Gorbals to the atomic wasteland of Nagasaki

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  • Over the years I have read countless books and seen many documentaries on the war in Europe, the third Reich, the Nazis' the holocaust, the Battle of Britain, D- Day, the list is endless. We did projects on it at school, had discussions about it and even now you can come across the odd article in the media, whether it be on the television, regarding an old Vet' or in a paper commemorating some battle, but information about events in the far east, apart from the American losses in the Pacific and [...]


  • From his poverty-stricken boyhood in the slums of the Gorbals to the atomic wasteland of Nagasaki, Andy's life story is vividly recounted in Tomorrow You DieA true story of survival and humanity (and lack of it). It's reassuring to read that despite the cruelties and brutalities there was place for friendship, kindness and heroism.And the light shines on in the darkness, and the darkness has never put it out.John 1:5



  • Mr. Coogan starts out writing about his childhood in Glasgow as the son of poor Irish immigrants. His childhood was rough and I guess it helped him survive Japanese brutality in the way that he did. Anyone who has read about Japanese aggression in Singapore during the war would have been appalled. To witness it and have the forbearance to live through it is something else. Like Alistair Urquhart (the author of The Forgotten Highlander), Mr. Coogan tells it like it is, and doesn't sugarcoat anyth [...]


  • Este libro son las memorias de un soldado escocés desde su infancia hasta el final de la Segunda Guerra Mundial, escritas por un hombre ya de 90 años.Las memorias tienen dos partes: la infancia de pobreza en Glasgow y el cautiverio a manos japonesas en la II GM. En ambas hay motivos sobrados para llorar.Es todo un canto a la Humanidad, en el que el autor siempre sabe sacarle el lado bueno a las cosas, casi siempre ensalzando valores muy positivos como la solidaridad, el compañerismo y el perd [...]


  • Reading any memoir of someone who survived Japanese captivity during WW2 is humbling and sad. What many of them had to endure was barbaric and often sadistic. What makes this book different to the rest is the fact that Andy Coogan was a high-level athlete before he joined the Army. The self-discipline, courage and physical stamina that enabled him to excel at competitive running, really helped him to cope with the hardships of life as a POW. Inspirational.



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