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A Doctor's War

Our Price: AU$24.95 Inc GST
Media: BOOK - paperback, 384 pages
Author: R. Richards
Year: 2006
Other Data: b&w & colour photos, bibliog, index
ISBN: 9780732280093

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Product Code: HCP009
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One of the last great stories to emerge from World War II, this is an account of the horrors of battle, imprisonment and survival as seen through the eyes of a young doctor.

Eminent surgeon Rowley Richards was a young doctor and officer in the army reserve when war broke out. He embarked for Singapore in 1941, a year before the Allies capitulated to invading Japanese forces. Richards became a POW and, as a medical officer, found himself tending to other prisoners in shocking conditions.

In a diary, he recorded the horrors he witnessed as well as the courage, humour and mateship of his fellow prisoners. As the Allies advanced, he buried his writings in a bottle in a soldier's grave and made a map of the site which, remarkably, stayed intact during his transfer and imprisonment in Japan.

Dr Rowley Richards' memoir begins with his carefree childhood in Australia, covers time spent in conditions which could - and did - prove fatal to so many others, and describes a vigorous and busy post-war career as a doctor. An engagingly personal story, it's also a reflection on humanity and on the will to survive.


Part 1: Beginnings
1. A Quiet Boyhood
2. Australia at War
3. Bound for Action

Part 2: From Soldiers to Slaves
4. The Malayan Campaign
5. Into Captivity
6. 'A' Force

Part 3: The Burma-Siam Railway
7. Railway Life
8. A New Year
9. Line Laying
10. A New Killer
11. Death Camps
12. A Brief Respite
13. New Journeys

Part 4: The Japan Party
14. Buried Treasure
15. All at Sea
16. Rescued
17. Sakata
18. Liberation at Last

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