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The latest book by Syed Ali Hamid honors a respected soldier and statesman in Pakistan, Sahabzada Yaqub Khan. This depicts the history of Lieutenant General Sahabzada Yaqub Khan’s Second World War career and experience as a prisoner of war has been meticulously put together by Major General Syed Ali Hamid. He used his prisoner of war journal as the main source. It shares his experience in several prisoners of war camps, and his duty with the 18th King Edward VII’s Cavalry in North Africa, and for the first time, it exposes what it was like for an Indian Army officer to be a prisoner of war.
Syed Ali Hamid has written a lively, entertaining and insightful account of the wartime exploits of Sahabzada Yaqub Khan in North Africa and then as a Prisoner of War in Italy and Germany — highly recommended. Tim Moremon. Ph.D. in War studies. Military historian, freelance writer academic.
Major-General Hamid is just the right person to write this book – he knows the history, culture, and people, and he understands the military mentality from the inside. Generously illustrated, decorated with poems in a variety of languages, an ideal book for anyone interested in WWII. ~Dr. Ghee Bowman, author of The Indian Contingent
Personally feel no one else could have done justice to the subject spun a compelling and heart-wrenching tale of a young officer in captivity of the enemy from the jottings of an old diary kept in prisoner of war camp. Kudos to the author on achieving a herculean task. ~Waheed Khalfe Journalist.