This is the story of the three-year ordeal of the Sandakan prisoners of war. After the fall of Singapore in February 1942, the Japanese conquerors transferred 2700 British and Australian prisoners to a jungle camp some eight miles inland of Sandakan, in North Borneo.
For decades after the Second World War, the Australian and British governments would refuse to divulge the truth of what happened here, for fear of traumatising the families of the victims. Of the 2700 prisoners originally sent to Sandakan, only six - all of them Australians - would survive.
This important and harrowing book narrates the full story of Sandakan, as told through the experiences of the participants.
About the Author
Paul Ham is an Australian historian who specialises in the 20th century history of war, politics and diplomacy. His books have received critical acclaim in Britain and Australia.
Between 1984 and 1998 Ham worked in London as a business and investment journalist - for the Financial Times Group and the Sunday Times (as its investment editor, 1994-1998).
In 1992 he co-founded a financial newsletter publishing company, whose titles included 'Governance' and 'The Money Laundering Bulletin', which he sold in 1997. For part of that period Ham also worked part-time, as the editor of 'Amnesty', the magazine of the British headquarters of Amnesty International.
On his return to Australia, in 1998, Ham was appointed the Australia correspondent for The London Sunday Times.
Format: Audio CD
Published: 1st October 2012
Weight (kg): 0.5