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Ambon: The Truth about One of the Most Brutal POW Camps in World War II and the Triumph of the Aussie Spirit
In February 1942 the Indonesian island of Ambon fell to the might of the advancing Japanese war machine. Among the captured Allied forces was a unit of 1150 Australian soldiers known as Gull Force, who had been sent to defend the island - a strategy doomed from the very beginning. Several hundred Australians were massacred in cold blood soon after the Japanese invasion. ...more
Paperback, 334 pages
Published July 29th 2014 by Hachette Australia
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I visited the Ambon war memorial in 1995, as part of a visit to my wife's paternal relatives there. The experience was extremely moving. The silence of the cemetery contrasted with the loudness of tropical hustle and bustle, whilst the manicured lawns and graves dramatically juxtaposed the tired dilapidation of the surrounding villages. And so many graves, sadly, bore the text 'greater love hath no man...' despite their identity simply marked unknown. On top of this, there were so many graves, ...more
Very descriptive and detailed account of the atrocities meted out to Australian, Dutch and American POWs on the island of Ambon by their Japanese captors. It also details the stupidity of the ADF in its planning for war in the Pacific. Worth a read for those interested in Australian History.