Paul Ham Sandakan

ISBN 13: 9780857521033

Sandakan

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9780857521033: Sandakan

The brilliantly told but harrowing story of the Borneo Death Marches of 1944-5.
     After the fall of Singapore in 1942, the conquering Japanese Army transferred some 2500 British and Australian prisoners to a jungle camp at Sandakan, on the east coast of North Borneo. There they were beaten, broken, worked to death, thrown into bamboo cages on the slightest pretext and subjected to tortures so ingenious and hideous that the victims were driven to the brink of madness.

     But it was only to be the beginning of the nightmare. In late 1944 when Allied aircraft began bombing the coastal towns of Sandakan and Jesselton, the Japanese resolved to abandon the prison camp and move the prisoners 250 miles inland to Ranau. The journey there became known as the Sandakan Death marches. Of the thousand plus prisoners who set out on the epic marches, only six survived. This is both their story and the story of the fallen.

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About the Author:

PAUL HAM is the author of the highly acclaimed Kokoda, Vietnam: The Australian War and Hiroshima Nagasaki. He is the Australia Correspondent of the Sunday Times. He was born in Sydney and educated in Australia and Britain. He now lives in Sydney, having spent several years working in Britain as a journalist and publisher. The author lives in Sydney, Australia.

Review:

"The most comprehensive account written about the worst single atrocity committed against Allied prisoners of war by the Japanese. Ham has written of these events with great power and assiduous research. Surely this is now the definitive account of the Sandakan death marches" Sydney Morning Herald

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