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            Accommodating the King's Hard Bargain: Military Detention in the Australian Army 1914-1947

            Accommodating the King's Hard Bargain: Military Detention in the Australian Army 1914-1947 (Hardback)

            By Wilson, Graham

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            Like all crime and punishment, military detention in the Australian Army has a long and fraught history. Accommodating The King's Hard Bargain tells the gritty story of military detention and punishment dating from colonial times with a focus on the system rather than the individ...ual soldier.World War I was Australia's first experience of a mass army and the detention experience was complex, encompassing short and long-term detention, from punishment in the field to incarceration in British and Australian military detention facilities. The World War II experience was similarly complex, with detention facilities in England, Palestine and Malaya, mainland Australia and New Guinea. Eventually the management of army detention would become the purview of an independent, specialist service. With the end of the war, the army reconsidered detention and, based on lessons learned, established a single 'corrective establishment', its emphasis on rehabilitation. As Accommodating The King's Hard Bargain graphically illustrates, the road from colonial experience to today's tri-service corrective establishment was long and rocky. Armies are powerful instruments, but also fragile entities, their capability resting on discipline. It is in pursuit of this war-winning intangible that detention facilities are considered necessary - a necessity that continues in the modern army.
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            ISBN 9781925275834
            Published AU 5 Feb 2016
            Publisher BIG SKY PUBLISHING
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            The Hell Pit of Sendryu: A POW Story of Survival on the Death Railway and Nagasaki

            The Hell Pit of Sendryu: A POW Story of Survival on the Death Railway and Nagasaki (Paperback)

            By Brigginshaw, Jim

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            Jim Bodero spent much of World War Two in several versions of hell. Taken prisoner when Singapore fell into Japanese hands early in 1942, he - along with thousands of fellow POWs - was conscripted as a slave labourer. He was deep underground, in a coal mine near Nagasaki, when th...e US dropped its second atomic bomb, on 9 August 1945. The blast that obliterated the city and incinerated 66,000 people freed Jim from his living hell below the ground. But his struggles were far from over. Badly debilitated by the daily privations of working in the mine, weakened by chronic starvation, as well as suffering from the tropical diseases he contracted during his time on the Death Railway and on nightmarish prisoner-transport ships, he was more dead than alive. Jim was repatriated to Australia, but his war never really ended, its legacy a lifetime of pain. Jim's story reveals some of the darkest chapters of the twentieth century. His suffering at the hands of a sadistic enemy was extreme, but through those and all the subsequent years, he never lost his sense of humour. His story is infused with it and, as such, is a glowing testament to the resilience that has sustained Australians at war, especially when the going got tough.
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            ISBN 9781925520996
            Published AU 5 May 2018
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            Ray Parkin on a POW's Survival
             

            Ray Parkin on a POW's Survival (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

            By Parkin, Ray

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            At risk of death, prisoner of war Ray Parkin secretly kept a journal of the months in 1943-44 he spent working on the Thai-Burma Railway. His account, first published as Into the Smother , received international acclaim for its realistic depiction of POWs living, working and dyin...g in a Japanese camp deep in the Thai jungle.
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            ISBN 9780522851960
            Published AU 4 Apr 2005
            Publisher Melbourne University Press
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            Series Melbourne University Press Masterworks
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            The Changi Brownlow: An inspirational story of the Aussie spirit

            The Changi Brownlow: An inspirational story of the Aussie spirit (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

            By Perry, Roland

            After Singapore fell to the Japanese in early 1942, 70000 prisoners, including 15000 Australians, were held as POWs at the notorious Changi prison. To amuse themselves, a group of sportsmen created an Aussie Football League, complete with tribunal, selection panel, umpires and co...aches, a final game, and a Brownlow Medal.
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            ISBN 9780733624643
            Published AU 1 Aug 2010
            Publisher Hachette
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            Series Hachette Military Collection
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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
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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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            Behind Bamboo: Hell On The Burma Railway
             

            Behind Bamboo: Hell On The Burma Railway (Paperback)

            By Rivett, Rohan

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            Foreword by Sir Edward 'Weary' Dunlop. Described by Weary Dunlop as 'the classic account of prisoner-of-war life', Behind Bamboo is Rohan Rivett's story of his time as a POW during the Second World War, and particularly his experiences on the notorious Burma railway. Rivett, a jo...urnalist in Singapore when it fell to the Japanese in 1942, escaped south - across the treacherous Bangka Strait - to Indonesia. But freedom was short-lived; soon Rivett was just one of thousands of Japanese POWs struggling for existence. The struggle was to last for more than three years. Brutal in its honesty and haunting in its realism, Behind Bamboo is a compelling testament to the Australians' will to survive and their unassailable spirit in the face of the most callous inhumanity.
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            ISBN 9780143573180
            Published AU 25 Feb 2015
            Publisher Penguin
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            Sandakan: The Untold Story of the Sandakan Death Marches

            Sandakan: The Untold Story of the Sandakan Death Marches (Trade Paperback / Paperback, 2nd edition)

            By Ham, Paul

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            This is the story of the three-year ordeal of the Sandakan prisoners of war - a barely known episode of unimaginable horror. After the fall of Singapore in February 1942, the Japanese conquerors transferred 2500 British and Australian prisoners to a jungle camp some eight miles i...nland of Sandakan, on the east coast of North Borneo. For decades after the Second World War, the Australian and British governments would refuse to divulge the truth of what happened there, for fear of traumatising the families of the victims and enraging the people. The prisoners were broken, beaten, worked to death, thrown into bamboo cages on the slightest pretext, starved and subjected to tortures so ingenious and hideous that none survived the onslaught with their minds intact, and only an incredibly resilient few managed to withstand the pain without yielding to the hated Kempei-tai, the Japanese military police. But this was only the beginning of the nightmare. In late 1944, Allied aircraft were attacking the coastal towns of Sandakan and Jesselton. To escape the bombardment, the Japanese resolved to abandon the Sandakan Prison Camp and move 250 miles inland to Ranau, taking the prisoners with them as slave labour, carriers and draught horses. Their journey became known as the Sandakan Death Marches. Of the 1000-plus prisoners sent on the Death Marches, only six - all of them Australians - survived. This important and harrowing book narrates the full story of Sandakan, as told through the experiences of many of the participants. Paul Ham has interviewed the families of survivors and the deceased, in Australia, Britain and Borneo, and consulted thousands of court documents in an effort to piece together exactly what happened to the people who suffered and died in British North Borneo, and who was responsible.
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            ISBN 9781864711417
            Published AU 3 Jun 2013
            Publisher Random House
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            The Changi Brownlow: An inspirational story of the Aussie spirit

            The Changi Brownlow: An inspirational story of the Aussie spirit (Paperback)

            By Perry, Roland

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            This is the moving, powerful and surprising story of a group of Australian POWs who organise an Australian Rules Football competition under the worst conditions imaginable - inside Changi prison.

            ISBN 9780733629754
            Published AU 31 Jul 2012
            Publisher Hachette
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            Series Hachette Military Collection
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            The Story Of Billy Young
             

            The Story Of Billy Young (Paperback)

            By Hill, Anthony

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            A powerful account of one of the youngest-ever prisoners of war. Award-winning author Anthony Hill takes us into the hearts and minds of the POWs, who refused to ever wholly submit to their captors. Billy Young was a boy of 15 when he joined the AIF in 1941.

            ISBN 9780143569138
            Published AU 23 Jul 2014
            Publisher Penguin
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