VJ75 – Leicestershire Prisoners of War in the Far East 1941 - 45

27 August - 01 November 2020


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This exhibition opens on 27th August 2020 at Newarke Houses to commemorate the 75th anniversary of VJ Day, when Japan agreed to surrender and end World War Two on August 15th 1945.

VJ75 – Leicestershire Prisoners of War in the Far East 1941 - 45

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The war in the Far East has always been less well known than the war in Europe but many Britons made great sacrifices in Burma and elsewhere. This display explores the personal stories of men of the Leicestershire Regiment and other local people who were captured by the Japanese. These prisoners of war suffered great hardships but also showed a remarkable will to survive. Objects on display include a chess set made by prisoners of war, photographs, medals and other mementos.

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