1954 - Drage, Charles, "Two-Gun Cohen", Jonathan Cape, London, March 1954

Sat, 09/24/2022 - 12:53
Date picture taken
22 Mar 1954


Drage, Charles, Two-Gun Cohen, Jonathan Cape, London, March 1954

Michael Alderton (essarem) notes: From 28 December 1941, while awaiting his fate in the Hong Kong Hotel, up until 2 February 1942 when he was called from the Stanley internment camp by the Kempeitai, General Cohen had had time to think up a plausible story of his life that would stand up to the interrogation he was expecting to receive from the Kempetai. He had had about five weeks to work on it whilst whiling away the hours in captivity; first in the Hong Kong Hotel, then in the Chinese hotel at North Point, and finally during his first few days at Stanley. His story had to be deliberately evasive, but not wholly untruthful, and testable under cross examination by the Japanese secret police. Following this traumatic experience, he would have just under two years of confinement in the Stanley camp to work up the Kempeitai ‘biography’ into an idea for a motion picture, in which he included some of his fellow detainees in the story. By 1954, aspects of this dumbed down, lightened up, version of his life story, worked up into an enthralling film storyline, complete with dialogue and scene settings, and stored in his prodigious memory, will have found its way into Commander Charles Drage’s book titled Two Gun Cohen.

The two Chinese characters appearing on the book cover, and written in General Cohen’s own hand, are his Chinese name of Mah Kun (馬坤).