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World War Ii

By Bruce Scates

ISBN-10: 1107020670

ISBN-13: 9781107020672

Australians were making pilgrimages to the battlefields and cemeteries of global battle because the Forties, from the jungles of latest Guinea and South-East Asia to the mountains of Greece and the deserts of North Africa. They shuttle looking for the tales of misplaced household, to mourn the lifeless and to come back to grips with the earlier. With attribute empathy, Bruce Scates charts the heritage of pilgrimages to Crete, Kokoda, Sandakan and Hellfire move. He explores the emotional resonance that those websites have in the event you served and people who take into account. in line with surveys, interviews, large fieldwork and archival examine, Anzac trips bargains insights into the tradition of loss and commemoration and the starvation for that means so pivotal to the adventure of pilgrimage. Richly illustrated with full-colour maps and images from the Forties to this present day, Anzac trips makes a huge and relocating contribution to Australian army heritage.

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This ‘emotional labour’ was later transferred (in many cases) to efforts to find and visit a prisoner’s grave. Source: Courtesy Australian Red Cross Archives The Loss of Australia’s Prisoners of War of lack of services, even questioned the prosecution of the war. ‘It is possible that our Government could do something – or try to do something’, the brother of one prisoner wrote. ’ Fathers protested at the disgraceful incompetence that led to the fall of Singapore, mothers angrily pleaded the interests of their sons.

The absence of reliable information encouraged families of POWs to imagine the worst. Rumours of ill-treatment had filtered back to Australia from the earliest days of the Pacific War. More than a thousand Canadian troops had been taken prisoner when Hong Kong fell in December 1941. News of woefully inadequate conditions travelled home via Red Cross officials who supervised civilian exchanges. It was the beginning of what one British report called ‘a growing list of brutal outrages’. 6 The fear that ‘our boys’ were the victims of these outrages spread like wildfire through the Australian community.

17 Babb’s ‘determined little party’18 searched the line from August to October 1945. In that time they visit 144 cemeteries and recorded the location of 10 549 burials. As in the case of the Death March, more than a hundred bodies were never recovered. But again there was a difference. Aided by lists of names (sealed in bottles and entombed with the dead) most of these men could be identified. After three years of waiting the missing had at last been found. The differences between Babb’s and Sticpewich’s accounts don’t end there.

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