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The Cowra Breakout

Mat McLachlan

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True stories, True war & combat stories, Second World 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 the author of Walking with the Anzacs and Gallipoli: The Battlefield Guide, and the founder of Mat McLachlan Battlefield Tours, which sends thousands of Australians to visit battlefields around the world each year, including Cowra.

As a media presenter, Mat is a regular on TV and radio and in print. His Living History podcast reaches more than 5 million Australian history enthusiasts each week, and he produces the BattleWalks and Pete & Gary's Military History podcasts. Mat also produces and presents history documentaries for various networks. 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. He lives in Sydney with his wife and children.

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