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The Cowra Breakout

Mat McLachlan

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True stories, True war & combat stories, Australasian & Pacific history, Second World War, Warfare & defence, Prisoners of war

The Cowra Breakout is a riveting read that brings to light the missing piece of Australia's World War II history - the story of the only battle of that war to be fought on Australian soil, told by bestselling historian Mat McLachlan (Walking with the Anzacs, Gallipoli: The Battlefield Guide).

The riveting story of the missing piece of Australia's World War II history, told by bestselling historian Mat McLachlan (Walking with the Anzacs, Gallipoli: The Battlefield Guide).

During World War II, in the town of Cowra in central New South Wales, Japanese prisoners of war were held in a POW camp. By August 1944, over a thousand were interned and on the icy night of August 5th they staged one of the largest prison breakouts in history, launching the only land battle of World War II to be fought on Australian soil. Five Australian soldiers and more than 230 Japanese POWs would die during what became known as The Cowra Breakout.

This compelling and fascinating book, written by one of Australia's leading battlefield historians, vividly traces the full story of the Breakout. It is a tale of proud warriors and misfit Australian soldiers. Of negligence and complacency, and of authorities too slow to recognise danger before it occurred - and too quick to cover it up when it was too late. But mostly it is a story about raw human emotions, and the extremes that people will go to when they feel all hope is lost.

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Mat McLachlan

Mat McLachlan is one of Australia's leading battlefield historians and media presenters in the history space. He is also the author of Gallipoli: The Battlefield Guide and The Cowra
Breakout, and the founder of Mat McLachlan Battlefield Tours, which sends thousands of Australians to visit battlefields around the world each year.
As a media presenter, Mat is a regular on TV and radio and in print. He produces and hosts three of the leading history podcasts in Australia: Living History, BattleWalks and Pete & Gary's Military History. He appears regularly
as a history expert on all major Australian television and radio networks, and reaches over five million viewers on YouTube each year.

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