Synopses & Reviews
During World War II, 22,000 Australian military personnel became prisoners of war under the Japanese military. Over three and a half years, 8,000 died in captivity, in desperate conditions of forced labor, disease, and starvation. Many of those who returned home after the war attributed their survival to the 106 Australian medical officers imprisoned alongside them. These doctors varied in age, background, and experience, but they were united in their unfailing dedication to keeping as many of the men alive as possible. This is the story of those 106 doctorstheir compassion, bravery, and ingenuityand their efforts in bringing back the 14,000 survivors.
About the Author
Dr. Rosalind Hearder has taught at the University of Melbourne and worked at the Australian War Memorial, most recently as a member of an Australian National University-Australian War Memorial team writing the Official History of the Australian Peacekeeping and Post-Cold War Operations. She has received a number of impressive awards and grants including a Fulbright postdoctoral fellowship in 2006-07.