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The Lost Battalions | Australian POW Story


The Lost Battalions A battle that could not be won. An island that could not be defended. An ally that could not be trusted. by T Gilling

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Lost Battalions Book


The story of two Australian WW2 battalions, of the 2nd AIF, the
3rd Machine Gun Battalion and the 2nd Pioneer Battalion abandoned in Java by the allies during the Japanese advance and the heroes who kept them alive in the worst of Japan's POW (prisoner of war) camps.

They were thrown into a hopeless fight against an overwhelming enemy. Later, hundreds died as prisoners of war on the Thai-Burma Railway and in the freezing coal mines of Taiwan and Japan. Through it all, wrote Weary Dunlop, they showed 'fortitude beyond anything I could have believed possible'.

Until now, the story of the 2000 diggers marooned on Java in February 1942 has been a footnote to the fall of Singapore and the bloody campaign in New Guinea. Led by an Adelaide lawyer, Brigadier Arthur Blackburn VC, and fighting with scrounged weapons, two Australian battalions - plus an assortment of cooks, laundrymen and deserters from Singapore - held up the might of the Imperial Japanese Army until ordered by their Dutch allies to surrender.

Drawing on personal diaries, official records and interviews with two of the last living survivors, this book tells the extraordinary story of the 'lads from Java', who laid down their weapons, but refused to give in.

Data sheet

Book Condition:
Outer Cover on Book:
Soft Cover
Total Pages:
Publication Date:
September 2018
1st edition
Dimensions in mm :
155 x 235 x 20

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