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  • Published: 1 October 2012
  • ISBN: 9781742756141
  • Imprint: RHA eBooks Adult
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 672
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Sandakan

The Untold Story of the Sandakan Death Marches




The untold story of the Sandakan death marches of World War II.

The untold story of the Sandakan death marches of World War II.

After the fall of Singapore, in February 1942, the Japanese conquerors rounded up tens of thousands of British and Australian soldiers and shipped them to prison camps scattered throughout Hirohito’s newly won Empire.

The fall of Britain’s ‘impregnable fortress’ was the greatest humiliation in British military history, for which Churchill never forgave the Japanese.

But nothing would surpass the wretched fate of some 2,700 British and Australian prisoners who were shipped to British North Borneo later that year. They landed in Sandakan, on the east coast of the island, after a 10-day voyage on a Japanese ‘hell’ ship, and were herded into a jungle camp some eight miles inland.

Thus began the three-year ordeal of the Sandakan prisoners of war - a barely known story of unimaginable horror.

  • Published: 1 October 2012
  • ISBN: 9781742756141
  • Imprint: RHA eBooks Adult
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 672
Categories:

About the author

Paul Ham

Paul Ham is the author of Hiroshima Nagasaki (2011), Vietnam: The Australian War (2007) and Kokoda (2004). Vietnam won the New South Wales Premier’s Prize for Australian History and was shortlisted for the Prime Minister’s Prize for Non-Fiction (2008). Kokoda was shortlisted for the Walkley Award for Non-Fiction and the New South Wales Premier’s Prize for Non-Fiction.

Sandakan: The Untold Story of the Sandakan Death Marches, was published in 2012 and was shortlisted for the 2013 Prime Minister’s Literary Award for History.
His last book was 1914: The Year The World Ended.
A former Sunday Times correspondent, with a Master’s degree in Economic History from the London School of Economics, Paul now devotes most of his time to writing history. He lives in Paris and Sydney with his family.

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Praise for Sandakan

Ham has written a brave and important book. He shows his talents as a superb writer. His well-written, sometimes near lyrical phrases pains a moving, unforgettable picture. Highly recommended.

Paul Simpson, Kalgoorlie Miner, WA

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