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Doomed battalion : mateship and leadership in war and captivity : the Australian 2/40 Battalion 1940-45 / Peter Henning
Bib ID 6536776
Format BookBook [text, still image, volume]
Author
Henning, Peter, 1949-, author
 
Edition 2nd edition. 
Description [Exeter, Tasmania] : Peter Henning, 2014 
©2014 
xiii, 557 pages : illustrations, facsimiles, maps, portraits ; 24 cm 
ISBN 9780987603227 (hardback)
Summary

"... the story of the men of the 2/40 Battalion – mainly Tasmanians – and its associated army units, sent to garrison an airfield in Dutch Timor immediately 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. They were then scattered in prison camps across east Asia, including Java, Sumatra, Singapore, Burma, Thailand, Japan and other places... Doomed Battalion explores the complexities of the prisoner of war experience, the nature of the men’s relationships with each other, with their officers, with other Australians and with prisoners of other nationalities in conditions of extreme hardship and the continuous struggle for survival..."--Jacket.

Notes

Original edition: Allen & Unwin, 1995. "This edition 2014 has been substantially revised and enlarged"--Title page verso.

"This revised and enlarged edition of the book first published in 1995 maintains but extends the combination of documentary material, veteran interviews, diaries and letters, using new information from both public and private sources."--Jacket.

Includes bibliographical references (pages 537-545) and index.

Subjects Australia. Army. Battalion, 2/40th -- History.  |  World War, 1939-1945 -- Prisoners and prisons -- Personal narratives, Australian.  |  Prisoners of war -- Australia.  |  Prisoners of war -- Tasmania.  |  Prisoners of war -- East Asia.  |  World War, 1939-1945 -- Psychological aspects.  |  World War, 1939-1945 -- Campaigns -- Pacific Area.  |  World War, 1939-1945 -- Regimental histories -- Australia.  |  World War, 1939-1945 -- Prisoners and prisons, Japanese.  |  World War, 1939-1945 -- Prisoners and prisons, Australian.  |  Australia -- History, Military.  |  Australian

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