Now the hell will start : one soldier's flight from the greatest manhunt of World War II

Title
Now the hell will start : one soldier's flight from the greatest manhunt of World War II

Author
Koerner, Brendan I.

ISBN
9781594201738

Publication Information
New York : Penguin Press, 2008.

Physical Description
386 p. : ill., map ; 25 cm.

Personal Subject
Perry, Herman, 1922-

Subject Term
World War, 1939-1945 -- African Americans -- Biography.
 
African American soldiers -- Biography.
 
Military deserters -- United States -- Biography.
 
Escapes -- Burma -- History -- 20th century.

Geographic Term
Stilwell Road (Burma and India)

Summary
The remarkable tale of Herman Perry, a native of North Carolina who wound up going native in the Indo-Burmese jungle. Perry was shipped in a segregated labor battalion to South Asia in 1943, one of thousands of black soldiers dispatched to build the Ledo Road, from the mountains of northeast India across the tiger-infested vales of Burma. Perry could not endure the jungle's brutality, nor the racism of his white officers. Finally, in emotional collapse, he shot a white lieutenant. So began Perry's flight through one of the planet's most hostile realms. He eventually stumbled upon a village festooned with polished human skulls, where, amid a tribe of elaborately tattooed headhunters, he would find bliss--and would marry the chief 's fourteen-year-old daughter. Author Koerner spent nearly five years chasing Perry's ghost through the remotest corners of India and Burma, and uncovering the forgotten story of the Ledo Road's black G.I.s--Publisher.


LibraryMaterial TypeCall NumberItem AvailableCopiesStatus
R.H. Stafford Library (Woodbury)Book921 PERRY11Nonfiction Collection