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 squaddies have been Australian. via the top of the warfare, simply one-third of them had survived and Ambon turned a spot of nightmares, the most infamous of all POW camps the warfare had seen.
Many of the lads captured have been massacred, and of these who firstly survived, many later succumbed to the sadistic brutality of the japanese guards. hunger additionally took a anxious toll, after which there have been the scientific 'experiments'. It was once a spot nearly with out wish should you hung on, made worse via the truth that the savagery inflicted on them wasn't constrained to their captors but in addition got here from their very own. One soldier defined their hopelessness in the direction of the top with the awful phrases: 'The males knew they have been dying.'
Yet astoundingly there have been survivors and in Ambon they converse of not only the horrors, however the bravery, persistence and mateship that bought them via a trial virtually very unlikely to imagine.
The tale of Ambon is one in every of either the depravity and the triumph of the human spirit; it's also one that is not been greatly instructed. until eventually now.
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