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The long road to Changi, Peter Ewer

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The long road to Changi
Title
The long road to Changi
Statement of responsibility
Peter Ewer
Title variation
Long road to Changi
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Australia's greatest military defeat and how it broke the bonds of empire
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Language
eng
Summary
In the 1930s while war raged in Europe, Australians were assured by politicians that the country was safe as long as the Union Jack fluttered over 'Fortress Singapore'. The reality was so different: Britain, over-stretched and under threat, skimped on the forces it needed to hold the base. When Japanese forces began flexing their muscles in the Pacific, a hasty defence plan was put in place. Australian troops, aircrews and sailors were dispatched to Singapore as much for purposes of propaganda as anything else. The understanding was that bronzed Aussies would soon put the Japs in their place. But it was so much wishful thinking. While most books centre on the horrors of the death camps, historian Peter Ewer asks how we came to be in this mess in the first place. Why was an untested Australian military contingent expected to play a leading role in halting the cream of the Japanese army? Why did British commanders and politicians send them there - then blame them for the inevitable defeat? Could this disaster have been averted? Drawing on fresh archival research, Ewer uncovers a story of incompetent planning, powerful but flawed characters and national trauma which resonates to this day. Writing from the perspectives of foot soldiers and generals, politicians and socialites, he constructs a riveting picture of a war which was lost before it began
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Ewer, Peter
Dewey number
940.5425
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • plates
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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Australian Broadcasting Corporation
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  • World War, 1939-1945
  • World War, 1939-1945
  • World War, 1939-1945
  • World War, 1939-1945
  • World War, 1939-1945
  • World War, 1939-1945
  • Singapore
  • Singapore
  • Great Britain
  • Australia
  • Australia
  • Australia
  • Great Britain
  • Great Britain
  • Singapore
  • Australia
  • Australia
Label
The long road to Changi, Peter Ewer
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 301-318) and index
Control code
000051753236
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
328 p., [8] p. of plates
Isbn
9780733331107
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Other physical details
ill.
Label
The long road to Changi, Peter Ewer
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 301-318) and index
Control code
000051753236
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
328 p., [8] p. of plates
Isbn
9780733331107
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Other physical details
ill.

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