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Sandakan: A Conspiracy of Silence

Sandakan: A Conspiracy of Silence
 

The story of the Sandakan prisoner of war camp during the closing years of World War II. Of the 1793 Australian and 641 British servicemen held in the North Borneo camp and its surrounds, only six Australians survived.

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ISBN 9781863512237
Replacement this title has been replaced by: 9781863512459
Published 27 May 1999 by Sally Milner Publishing Pty Lt
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
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Author(s) By Silver, Lynette Ramsay
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ISBN-13 9781863512237
ISBN-10 1863512233
Stock Out of stock
Status Out of print
Publisher Sally Milner Publishing Pty Lt
Imprint Sally Milner Publishing Pty Ltd
Publication Date 27 May 1999
Publication Country Australia Australia
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Author(s) By Silver, Lynette Ramsay
Category World History: Second World War
European History
Asian / Middle Eastern History
Military History
Battles & Campaigns
Prisoners Of War
Australian
Number of Pages 384
Dimensions Width: 150mm
Height: 230mm
Weight Not specified - defaults to 600g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
NBS Text Military History
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 940.547252
Catalogue Code Not specified

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The story of the Sandakan prisoner of war camp during the closing years of World War II. Of the 1793 Australian and 641 British servicemen held in the North Borneo camp and its surrounds, only six Australians survived. The Australians and British in the camp were mostly those captured by the Japanese during the fall of Singapore. The book details their last days of freedom in Singapore, their captivity, transfer to North Borneo and the appalling conditions in the camp, where they were forced to labour, day and day out, while being provided with little food. The Allies were aware of the location of these prisoners and the conditions under which they were suffering. A plan was put together towards the end of the war to rescue them, as it was known that the Japanese were eliminating prisoners of war as they were forced to retreat. The rescue attempt was bungled through incompetence. Almost all of the men died because of mistakes and stupidity in the senior ranks of the services back in Australia. More than 1000 could have been saved. The records were hidden so that the mistake would not be revealed.

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