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Titre : Doomed Battalion : Mateship and Leadership ...
Éditeur : Allen & Unwin, Sydney, NSW, Australia
Date d'édition : 1995
Reliure : Soft Cover
Etat du livre : Good+
Edition : FIRST EDITION
Foxing to endpapers and edges of pages 'yellowed'. 407 pages with b/w illustrations. The story of nearly one thousand Australian soldiers of the 2/40 Battalion - mainly Tasmanians - who were sent to garrison an airfield in Dutch Timor immediatly after the Japanese entered the Second World War. Assigned a hopeless military task within a misguided strategy, they were captured a week after the fall of Singapore in February 1942. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. N° de réf. du libraire 008901
Synopsis : This is the story of a dozen Australian soldiers of the 2/40 Battalion - mainly Tasmanians - who were sent to garrison an airfield in Dutch Timor immediately after the Japanese entered the Second World War. Assigned a hopless military task with a misguided strategy, they were captured a week after the fall of Singapore in February 1942. For the next three and a half years they were more thoroughly scattered in prison camps throughout Asia than the men of any comparable Australian unit. Their experiences represent a microcosm of the experience of Australians in Japanese hands in the Pacific theatre. Using a combination of documentary material and interviews, the book represents a reconstruction and analysis of the fighting in Dutch Timor. It is a study of the complexities of the prisoner of war experience: the psychology of incarceration; the nature of prisoners' relationships with other Australians, their officers and prisoners of other nationalities; and the operation of mateship and leadership under extreme hardship.
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