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 1000 of those infantrymen have been Australian. by way of the top of the battle, simply one-third of them had survived and Ambon grew to become a spot of nightmares, probably the most infamous of all POW camps the warfare had seen.
Many of the boys captured have been massacred, and of these who at first 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 was once a spot nearly with out desire if you happen to hung on, made worse via the truth that the savagery inflicted on them wasn't restricted to their captors but additionally 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, patience and mateship that obtained them via a tribulation nearly very unlikely to imagine.
The tale of Ambon is one among either the depravity and the triumph of the human spirit; it's also one that is not been broadly informed. until eventually 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