2/ 15 Regiment Doctor' War Rowly Richards POW Book
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2/ 15 Regiment Doctor' War Rowly Richards POW Book


A DOCTOR'S WAR. By Rowley Richards

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A DOCTOR'S WAR. By Rowley Richards. Richards was a doctor with the 2nd 15th Field Regiment. He describes the brief but costly fighting for Malaya and Singapore. Imprisonment at Changi and the unremitting labor of the Burma Thai Railway at Moulmein Burma. Later transported to Japan on the Rakuyo Maru.

After the end of the Second World War, Australia's Directorate of War Graves Services uncovered an extraordinary of document hidden in a bottle buried in a grave in Singapore. It was a summary of the secret diary of Dr Rowley Richards, a POW and medical officer on the notorious Burma Siam Thai Railway.

Richards, who was just 23 when broke out, witnessed the horror of camp life first-hand and through his work treating fellow prisoners suffering from harsh conditions. In a series of diaries he recorded the everyday brutality of the POW camps and also the courage, humour and mateship of his comrades. Just before being transferred to prison in Japan, he buried a summary of his contraband writings. Astonishingly it was returned to him intact. Based on the diary summary and of Richards' other wartime writing, A DOCTOR'S WAR is an intensely compelling memoir of battle, imprisonment and survival; a poignant story of hope and optimism in the face of great humanity. It is one of the last great stories to emerge from the Second World War.

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Book Condition:
Shelf wear to board edges otherwise near new
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Dimensions in mm :
155 x 235 x 27
Cover Type:
Soft Cover

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