Spurr, Russell

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SPURR, Russell

SPURR, Russell. British, b. 1922. Genres: History, Military/Defense/Arms control. Career: Trainee reporter in England, 1938-; British Broadcasting Corporation Overseas News Service, London, reporter, until 1950; worked as bureau chief for a British news agency, Calcutta, India, 1950-; Daily Express, London, stringer in Calcutta, until 1952, Far East correspondent from Japan, Malaysia, Hong Kong, and Singapore, 1952-56; Weekend (magazine), Montreal, Quebec, Canada, features writer, 1957-60; affiliated with Canada-Wide (syndication service of the Montreal Star), India, 1960-; Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Ottawa, Ontario, stringer; This Week (British public-affairs television show), London, free-lance reporter; World in Action (British television news program), producer, 1965-; BBC-TV, London, documentary producer, 1969; Visnews (television news agency), London, correspondent, Asia/Pacific manager of Hong Kong bureau, until 1974; Far Eastern Economic Review, Hong Kong, deputy editor, 1974-79; free-lance writer journalist in Hong Kong, 1979-85, and in Australia, 1986-. Publications: A Glorious Way to Die: The Kamikaze Mission of the Battleship Yamato, April, 1945, 1981; Hong Kong: A Guide, 1985; Enter the Dragon: China's Undeclared War against the United States in Korea, 1950-51, 1988; Your Excellency: The Governors of Hong Kong From the Colony's Foundation to the Present Day, 1989. Author of defense-related articles and contributor to periodicals. Died 2002.