- Member since
- 22nd April 2008
Historian specialising in the South East Asian Region.
- April 2008
Gerald Foe reviewed Pearl Harbor in Honolulu, United States
Like other sites of major incidents of warfare, Pearl Harbour must be spoken about in two different ways: as Hawaii’s largest natural harbour enclosed by green volcanic hills and as a place lodged in the history of human warfare.
The bombing of th…"
Before the bomb Nagasaki was Japan’s first city of ship building a free port and the background for Puccini’s ‘Madame Butterfly’. Around 80,000 people were incinerated in the SECOND nuclear bomb blast. 80,000 more were seriously injured and hundreds of…"
Gerald Foe reviewed Cu Chi Tunnels in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
The National Front for the Liberation of South Vietnam used subterfuge and stealth to send America packing, they hid from view in the arterial network of tunnels spreading out from beneath Ho Chi Minh City. 75 miles worth have been strengthened and rest…"
Gerald Foe reviewed Sandakan Memorial in Sandakan, Malaysia
The Empire of Japan of World War II badly mistreated its prisoners of war with a reputation for inhumanity, and none fared worse than Allied prisoners at Sandakan camp forced on Death Marches into the surrounding thick jungle.
The Japanese ran labour ca…"
Gerald Foe reviewed Choeung Ek in Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Choeung Ek was one of the Khmer Rouge’s Killing Fields. This spot, once an orchard, just south of Phnom Penh witnessed the execution and mass burial of around 9,000 people between 1975 and 79. The grim memorials are a clear Perspex Buddhist temple cont…"
Before the Khmer Rouge Tuol Sleng (nee Svay) was a high school during the regime it became the most nocuous of prisons and now the building houses a museum to the genocide. Classrooms were converted into torture chambers, halls into cells, all the wind…"