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5.0 out of 5 stars An unsung hero, 10 Nov 2009
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This review is from: The War Diaries of "Weary" Dunlop: Java and the Burma-Thailand Railway, 1942-45 (A Penguin original) (Paperback)
I recently finished reading "Surviving the Sword" an account of the horrors suffered by Allied PoWs at the hands of the Japanese during WW2 and encountered the name of Weary Dunlop. From that moment on I had to know more about this amazing man who had saved hundreds of men from death in the prison camps.

I've just finished reading his diaries and would wholeheartedly recommend them as a fantastic insight into the horror of the world the prisoners found themselves in and the salvation that Weary Dunlop brought to so many. The diary is written in a staccato style and does not flow as a normal historical account would, however it was written at a time where diaries were banned by their captors and by someone who had so very little time.

The impression you are left with is of a compassionate doctor and a disciplined soldier who never considered himself to be a hero, but just a professional man doing what was required at the time. His humour, compassion and grief at the losses suffered are exquisite and as the realisation dawns on you about just how far he went to fight for every prisoner you realise what an incredible man he was.

I have just ordered his biography and will write a review of that once I have read it. I would recommend this book absolutely, for it shows humanity in the darkest places and shows the reader just what a true hero is. God bless Weary Dunlop
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Initial post: 23 Jun 2011 21:00:42 BDT
Evan says:
He's not an unsung hero in Australia.

In reply to an earlier post on 30 Jun 2011 09:04:48 BDT
I'm pleased to hear it. Unfortunately, he is here in the UK and that is a crying shame.
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