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The Resource The lost battalions : a battle that could not be won, an island that could not be defended, an ally that could not be trusted, Tom Gilling

The lost battalions : a battle that could not be won, an island that could not be defended, an ally that could not be trusted, Tom Gilling

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The lost battalions : a battle that could not be won, an island that could not be defended, an ally that could not be trusted
Title
The lost battalions
Title remainder
a battle that could not be won, an island that could not be defended, an ally that could not be trusted
Statement of responsibility
Tom Gilling
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Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
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
Summary
This is a story of forgotten Australian heroes, the soldiers of two battalions - the 2/3 Machine-Gun battalion and the 2/2 Pioneer battalion - who were on their way home from action in the Middle East to defend Australia from the Japanese when they found themselves diverted to Java to face the vastly superior Japanese army sweeping through the Dutch East Indies.
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10688357
Cataloging source
QPPL
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1961-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Gilling, Tom
Dewey number
940.5426
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • plates
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • World War, 1939-1945
  • World War, 1939-1945
  • World War, 1939-1945
Target audience
adult
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The lost battalions : a battle that could not be won, an island that could not be defended, an ally that could not be trusted, Tom Gilling
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Control code
000063897597
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
ix, 257 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9781760632342
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
Label
The lost battalions : a battle that could not be won, an island that could not be defended, an ally that could not be trusted, Tom Gilling
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Control code
000063897597
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
ix, 257 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9781760632342
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations

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