By Roger Maynard
In February, 1942, Ambon, an Indonesian island north of Darwin, fell to the japanese military and the Allied forces protecting it have been captured. Over one thousand of those squaddies have been Australian. by means of the top of the battle, simply one-third of them had survived and Ambon grew to become a spot of nightmares, the most infamous of all POW camps the struggle had seen.
Many of the lads captured have been massacred, and of these who firstly survived, many later succumbed to the sadistic brutality of the japanese guards. hunger additionally took a nervous toll, after which there have been the clinical 'experiments'. It used to be a spot virtually with out wish should you hung on, made worse by way of the truth that the savagery inflicted on them wasn't restricted to their captors but in addition got here from their very own. One soldier defined their hopelessness in the direction of the tip with the awful phrases: 'The males knew they have been dying.'
Yet astoundingly there have been survivors and in Ambon they communicate of not only the horrors, however the bravery, persistence and mateship that bought them via a tribulation virtually most unlikely to imagine.
The tale of Ambon is one in every of either the depravity and the triumph of the human spirit; it's also one that isn't been largely instructed. till now.
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Ambon: The truth about one of the most brutal POW camps in World War II and the triumph of the Aussie spirit (Hachette Military Collection) by Roger Maynard