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Descent into Hell : The fall of Singapore - Pudu and Changi - the Thai Burma railway - Peter Brune

Descent into Hell

The fall of Singapore - Pudu and Changi - the Thai Burma railway

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'No man has the command of words needed for conveying...the courage and the cowardice; the loyalty and the treachery; the dedication and the dereliction; the strengths and the frailties; the kindness and the brutality; the integrity and depravity; the magnificence and the enormities of men, as revealed by and to those fated to pass through the entrails of hell, in Thailand Burma, during and after the Railway was built.'

Descent into Hell is a scrupulously researched and groundbreaking account of one of the most traumatic calamities in Australian history - the Malayan Campaign, the fall of Singapore and the subsequent horrors of the Thai-Burma Railway. Unpicking the myths and legends of the war, Peter Brune goes to the heart of the Australian experience. He describes the shambolic planning by the British in Singapore and the failures and incompetence of some of the Australian command. He debunks the claims about Australian deserters in Singapore, and we learn of the black market in Changi and the beatings, torture and murder on the Thai-Burma Railway.

Here too are stories of the war's many heroes and villains: of officers who looked after their men and optimised their chances of survival, and others who looked after themselves at their men's expense; the heroes of battle who became ineffectual and lost in the camps and on the Railway, and the least liked and least respected battlefield officers who came to be great leaders. And then there are countless acts of kindness and decency performed by one POW for another in the most cruel of circumstances.

Impressive, compelling and rich in human spirit, Descent into Hell is an unprecedented chronicle by one of Australia's finest military historians.

About the Author

Peter Brune is one of Australia's leading military historians. He is author of the bestselling and highly acclaimed A Bastard of a Place: the Australians in Papua, as wll as Those Ragged Bloody Heroes: from the Kokoda Trail to Gona Beach 1942, The Spell Broken: exploding the myth of Japanese invincibility and We Band of Brothers: a biography of Ralph Honner, soldier and statesman and is co-author with Neil McDonald of 200 Shots: Damien Parer and George Silk and the Australians at War in New Guinea. He lives in Adelaide.

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4.0

very good book

By snow

from Brisbane Qld Aus

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Pros

  • Informative
  • Well Written

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Older Readers
    • Reference

    Comments about Descent into Hell:

    i have had no problems with any delivery.

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    2.0

    Average

    By John

    from Brisbane

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    Pros

      Cons

      • Difficult To Follow

      Best Uses

      • Reference

      Comments about Descent into Hell:

      The Fall of Singapore is a subject every Australian should learn about because it had a big impact on our national history.

      However this book is hard to follow, it feels like the author was overwhelmed by the amount of information and facts they researched and struggled to communicate all this material in an effective and interesting way.

      Probably should have written two books, one on the Fall of Singapore and then another on the story of imprisonment.

      Because the story of both of these events, from the Australian perspective could and should be developed even more so that readers can understand the experiences of individual participants even more, which is what the many books on Kokoda have managed to do so well.

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      A book is not an undergraduate lecture!

      By Fred the voracious reader

      from Adelaide

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          Comments about Descent into Hell:

          Hugely researched,but so poorly written!
          "As previously mentioned","As the reader has noted","As we will see/have seen" and many other statements used to open paragraphs are used ad nauseam. This has been apparently written straight from recordings, and thus produces a very poor reward for 9 years work.
          Very unconvincing conclusion.
          So much information regurgitated so badly,really makes it a waste of time to read seven hundred plus pages.

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          ISBN: 9781741145342
          ISBN-10: 1741145341
          Audience: General
          Format: Paperback
          Language: English
          Number Of Pages: 816
          Published: 1st August 2014
          Publisher: Allen & Unwin
          Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.3
          Weight (kg): 0.3
          Edition Number: 1