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            Vintage Roger: Letters from the POW Years

            Vintage Roger: Letters from the POW Years (Hardback)

            By Mortimer, Roger; Edited by Mortimer, Charlie

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            A self-deprecating and humorous account of life in the Coldstream Guards followed by a wry, witty collection of letters that provides unique insight into life as a POW during the Second World War.

            ISBN 9781472132246
            Released AU 6 Feb 2020
            Publisher Little, Brown Book Group
            Interest Age 16+ years
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            The Lost Battalions: A Battle That Could Not be Won. an Island That Could Not be Defended. an Ally That Could Not be Trusted.

            The Lost Battalions: A Battle That Could Not be Won. an Island That Could Not be Defended. an Ally That Could Not be Trusted. (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

            By Gilling, Tom

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            This is a story of forgotten Australian heroes, the soldiers of two battalions - the 2/3 Machine-Gun battalion and the 2/2 Pioneer battalion - who were on their way home from action in the Middle East to defend Australia from the Japanese when they found themselves diverted to Ja...va to face the vastly superior Japanese army sweeping through the Dutch East Indies. Condemned, for political reasons, by Churchill and the Allied leadership - and by the Australian prime minister, Curtin - to a hopeless battle alongside Dutch forces bent on capitulation, the outnumbered Australians fought heroically before being ordered by the Allied high command to join the Dutch surrender. While their compatriots from the Middle East campaign reached Australia, the men of the 2/3rd and the 2/2nd were marched into captivity and to three and half years of hell as prisoners of the Japanese. For nearly a year, their families in Australia did not know whether their missing fathers and sons were dead or alive. Scraps of information began to trickle out, via radio broadcasts and the Red Cross, about the fate of the prisoners, many of whom ended up on the infamous Thai-Burma railway while others endured atrocious conditions as prisoners in Taiwan, Korea and Japan. Several hundred never returned. The full horror of what the men endured only came to light after the wasted survivors were brought home at the end of the war. Some of these men would be key witnesses in war crimes trial against the Japanese.
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            ISBN 9781760632342
            Published AU 29 Aug 2018
            Publisher Allen & Unwin
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            Keep the Men Alive: Australian POW doctors in Japanese captivity
             

            Keep the Men Alive: Australian POW doctors in Japanese captivity (Trade Paperback / Paperback, Main)

            By Hearder, Rosalind

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            The moving and remarkable stories of the 106 Australian doctors who were prisoners of war under the Japanese in World War II.

            ISBN 9781741757385
            Published AU 1 Sep 2009
            Publisher Allen & Unwin
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            Dangerous Days: A Digger's Great Escape
             

            Dangerous Days: A Digger's Great Escape (Paperback, 2nd New edition)

            By Brough, Ernest

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            A young WWII digger's tale of his war, from signing up as a naive country boy to the horrors of battle, and a daring escape across occupied territory.

            ISBN 9780732287351
            Published AU 1 Nov 2010
            Publisher HarperCollins Publishers
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            Stoker Munro: Survivor
             

            Stoker Munro: Survivor (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

            By Spiteri, David

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            A simple, moving, vivid and heartbreaking account of one young sailor's eventful war. I heard the cries of scared men yelling they couldn't swim, but they jumped in regardless. I pulled off my new boots, dropped them on the deck and, clutching my tobacco tin, jumped overboard, fe...et first ... We were a good distance away from the sinking Perth when two more torpedoes slammed into it and we watched silently as our ship slid under. Suddenly we were alone at sea in a pitch-black night in an overcrowded Carley float. Someone said, 'Goodbye, gallant one.' Stoker Munro was just an inexperienced seventeen year old knockabout kid when he went to war, but he turned out to be an extraordinary survivor. the sinking of the Perth was only the beginning of his war. Stoker suffered through years of harsh imprisonment in Java and the infamous Changi prison camp, as well as the horrors of the thai-Burma Railway. then, just as conditions improved, he was shipped off to Japan and another disaster. Stoker Munro, Survivor is a simple but moving account of a young sailor's war, as told to his close friend, David Spiteri. Stoker's voice - clear, distinctive, laidback and larrikin, with an ability to find the humour in just about any situation - epitomises everything that is great about the ANZAC spirit: courage, resilience, and the sheer refusal to lie down and be beaten. 'the story of Stoker Darby Munro's survival is an epic of the human spirit ... In our time, when the word hero is flung around so lightly, this book reflects upon genuine heroism. We forget these stories and these lives at our peril.' Mike Carlton
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            ISBN 9780732298913
            Published AU 19 May 2014
            Publisher HarperCollins Publishers
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            A Very Long War, A
              

            A Very Long War, A (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

            By Reeson, Margaret

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            An account of the experiences of the families of men missing in the New Guinea islands during World War II. The women and children had been evacuated to Australia and were then cut off from all letters and news from their men for over three years.

            ISBN 9780522849097
            Published AU 10 Sep 1996
            Publisher Melbourne University Press
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            Shot Down: A Secret Diary of One Pows Long March to Freedom

            Shot Down: A Secret Diary of One Pows Long March to Freedom (Paperback)

            By Kerr, Alex

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            Alex's Wellington, a twin-engine bomber, was shot down over Germany in 1941. At first hospitalised with hopes of repatriation, he unexpectedly found himself a prisoner in a German POW camp. Throughout those trying four years he was held captive, Alex kept a secret diary. This boo...k reproduces his diary entries in a fascinating account of all aspects of life in a wartime prison. He describes being part of the infamous 'Long March' during which he and his comrades were strafed by Allied aircraft; 60 POWs were killed and 100 wounded. Alex escaped the march with a mate, passing through the front lines between the British and German forces to commandeer a German mayor's car and drive back to Brussels to take the next aircraft to freedom. Alex's charm and optimistic outlook will buoy the reader throughout, and the camaraderie between he and his captive comrades is always entertaining. This is an authentic World War II adventure - from being shot out of the sky, to incarceration and the ultimate triumph of escape and the end of the war.
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            ISBN 9781925275179
            Published AU 5 May 2015
            Publisher BIG SKY PUBLISHING
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            Hell On Earth: Sandakan Australia s greatest war tragedy

            Hell On Earth: Sandakan Australia s greatest war tragedy (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

            By Cunningham, Michele

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            The heart-rending story of the utter tragedy and horror of the Sandakan POW camp in North Borneo.

            ISBN 9780733629891
            Published AU 30 Jul 2013
            Publisher Hachette
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            The Enemy at Home: German internees in World War I Australia

            The Enemy at Home: German internees in World War I Australia (Paperback)

            By Helmi, Nadine; Fischer, Gerhard

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            When nearly 7,000 people with German and Austrian heritage were detained by the Australian authorities following the outbreak of World War I, Paul Dubotzki, a talented Bavarian photographer, was among them. These unlikely prisoners-of-war came from all walks of life - merchant sa...ilors, visiting academics and many, including beer baron Edmund Resch and acclaimed orthopaedic surgeon Dr Max Herz, had lived in Australia for decades. In The Enemy at Home, Dubotzki's rediscovered photographs and never-before-published excerpts from inmates' diaries reveal what life was like inside the Holsworthy, Berrima and Trial Bay internment camps. Dubotzki's stunning images offer a rare and surprising snapshot of the theatrical events, small businesses and sports that boosted the men's spirits.
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            ISBN 9781742232645
            Published AU 1 Apr 2011
            Publisher NewSouth Publishing
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            The Sportsmen of Changi

            The Sportsmen of Changi (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

            By Blackburn, Kevin

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            Japanese World War II POW camps conjure up a notorious picture of deprivation and brutality. The idea that sport, of all things, flourished in such hellish conditions is hard to envisage but the truth is, it did. Captives played Aussie Rules football and rugby at the infamous Cha...ngi prisoner-of-war camp, and tennis on the Burmese side of the BurmaThailand Railway. They played soccer, cricket, baseball or basketball, and sometimes their prison guards even joined in for a game. There were many elite sportsmen in these ranks intent on reviving their sporting careers after returning home at wars end, and many of them succeeded. The Sportsmen of Changi tells the story everyone forgot of how sport became a lifeline for POWs after the fall of Singapore, when 50 000 Australian and British soldiers became prisoners of the Japanese. Inspiring and absorbing, it shows that in unimaginable conditions people will do all they can to hold onto what makes them human.
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            ISBN 9781742233024
            Published AU 1 Feb 2012
            Publisher NewSouth Publishing
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