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PostPosted: Sat Jun 17, 2017 5:43 pm 
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This follows the fate of some Australian prisoners.The events narrated will imprint the conclusion the writer had wanted to epitomise,"it all depended on your Shoko".
Incidentally the fate of the British POws is mentioned.They were immediately subjected to hard labour and derision by the IJA.This for them commenced in February 1942,some of the Australian troops weren't sent to the railway until September 1942.Russell Braddon is quoted"Changi was a rest camp compared to the railway".
The personal stories surfacing for the last time revealed not all officers were equally meritorious.
Brune mentions as many informants by name but doesn't name the biggest criminals,suffice one informant says,"he never turned up to any reunions".
Blamey is further acknowledged as a great assett,compared to Bennett who he wanted to courts martial as a deserter.That the men have someone to fear and hate does not seem to detract from their effectiveness.Reg Newton is held up as an example of a man who could deflect the Japanese wrath onto himself saving his men.Dunlop force and whether Weary eclipsed others ,such as Corlette is not covered.....Albert Coates -


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PostPosted: Sat Jun 17, 2017 6:04 pm 
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Dr.Albert Coates is remembered as saying to another doctor who complained that a knowledge of dysentery and cholera was not going to put him in good stead in Australia,"you have learnt to know when a man is sick,something others have never learned,"
The Australian part in the Malay campaign is discussed emphasising their success at Gemas ,but acknowledging the bravery of the Argylls .26/12/1941-15/16-/2/1942.The action of a chaotic retreat without communications leads to the fate of many,not heard of or seen again.The first "self-evacuees"
reached Sumatra 29/12/1941,they were sent back to Singapore.So isolating the Australian experience gives only a small glimpse of a dark past,8500 Indians volunteered to be carriers to the Japanese and moved from Singapore to Rabaul to accompany Adachi in his fight back at Aitape.There is no mention of any war crimes trials relating to the prisoners treatment.Possibly there was some justice in the Hong Kong trials.Two Japanese continued to cut the grass at Lorengau High school til 1963,only the prisoners of Sugamo were left free.Ken Jervis was the old executioner who ran the Lorengau stockade.
The tragedy of the prisoners sunk on the way to Japan is mentioned,but not those who stayed at Changi
Did the Japanese ameliorate their treatment 1944/45,or did conditions worsen.
So many questions,it's as hard as finding out about Angau at Aitape.


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