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Aussie Soldier Prisoner of War

Aussie Soldier Prisoner of War [Kindle Edition]

Craig Smith , Denny Neave
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34,737 Australian service personnel were prisoners of war during the Boer War, World War I, World War II and the Korean War. Some lived to tell their story of survival through extreme hardship and to carry with them the burden of those who died. For many, their greatest victory would be in the simple act of surviving.

The courage of the thousands of POWs, men and women, who served their country is integral to the Australian identity and history. Just as our national character was forged on the shores of Gallipoli, capture as a prisoner of war tested courage, defiance, mateship and required as much strength of character as any hard fought battle.

Aussie Soldier - Prisoners of War shares the voices of those who found themselves on the wrong side of the wire. It brings together an unforgettable collection of memories and experiences to be treasured as part of our military history.

These vivid and compelling stories show the extremes of war; the generosity of human nature and the cruelty, hate and indifference that human beings can inflict on each other.

The reminisces of our POW’s will take you on their very personal journeys through capture, conditions, escape attempts, punishment, humour, keeping up morale and for those lucky enough, the taste of freedom.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2691 KB
  • Print Length: 292 pages
  • Publisher: Big Sky Publishing (12 Sep 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S. r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005MR43FY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #184,602 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beaut! 8 April 2012
By Chopper
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You may think "oh, another P.O.W. book".
It is not that. It is more.
To quote from the book "We must not allow the history books to go unchallenged in countries where horrific crimes against our soldiers were perpetrated".
The revisionists of history are among us. By reading books like this I feel able to deny these mealy mouthed deniers with hard facts.

This lengthy, but never boring, book holds the recollections of many Aussie p.o.w.'s.
It covers conflicts from Boer war through to the Korean war.
The book is compiled in a logical sequence and covers many different soldiers accounts from Capture & processing through daily life
to freedom & coming home.
Parts of it are very funny -
A soldier creeps away from his trench to defecate and is just settling down to business when
"..............I heard the distinctive click of a Mauser being cocked and saw a Kraut pointing his rifle at me with a big grin on his ugly face. "halten Soldaten! hande Hoch!" He then said a phrase in English..... " "for you the war is over" Quickest **** in my entire life!"

There is other Aussie humour which makes it a good read, but also the agony and desperation of being a P.O.W. in the hands of the Turks, S.S., or the Imperial Japanese forces is reflected upon.

It is very well researched and impeccably presented. One minor grumble which i believe is no fault of the publishers or authors is, the lovely illustrations are very diffcult to read on a Kindle 4 and i had to resort to a magnifying glass to see them. Maybe I am getting old?
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad 3 Feb 2013
By Arth
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Worth a read but got a bit repetitive with story lines coming from different people but same issues. An ok sort of read
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4.0 out of 5 stars History Illuminated 17 April 2012
By Teribus
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During my regular trawl of the books on offer I came across this volume, which I thought might be quite good as military history from the American Civil War up to and including Vietnam is of particular interest to me.
This was in fact a revelatory read. I had, through various acounts I had read, known about the brutality and privations suffered by prisoners of war at the hands of their captors but this book further illuminated the depths that some peoples will plumb to further degrade their prisoners.
Descriptions of the sheer cruelty meted out by the various foes, in this case Axis forces,should stand as a permanent reminder to all that beyond the battlefield the longer, more insidious war goes on.
An informative read that instilled compassion for those so grieviously harmed, some of whom paid with their life.
I read this on my Kindle and if I had one complaint, and it is only a minor one,it was that the illustrations, photos, etc were not very clear but this did not spoil my appreciation of the book, which I would thoroughly recommend.
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