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War Behind the Wire: Australian Prisoners of War

Michael Caulfield

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Prose: non-fiction, History, Australasian & Pacific history, History: specific events & topics, Prisoners of war

Michael Caulfield presents stories of Australian Prisoners of War. He captures that Aussie spirit that managed to endure through all.

Australia has a long history of private sadness and quiet courage arising from her men and women being taken as prisoners of war. More than 34 000 have so far ended up in captivity; over 100 in the Boer War, more than 4 000 in WWI, just 30 during the Korean War, none in Vietnam - and the biggest of them all, WWII, when 30 560 Australian men and women were taken prisoner - more than all the Australians killed in action during the entire six years of the war.

The total number of Australian deaths during WWII, nearly thirty per cent, one in every three, were prisoners. Many of these men and women lost years of their lives, wasting away behind the wire. They endured a world where only the basics mattered - food, discipline, some small skerrick of hope...and survival.

These are their stories.

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Praise for War Behind the Wire: Australian Prisoners of War

  • There are plenty of voices in this book and many stories. Some will make you weep and others will uplift you. They tell us a great deal about the Australian capacity to endure. - Canberra Times.

  • 'This book is a harrowing yet ultimately triumphant colleciton of wartime stories... The stories are powerful and revealing, presenting a picture of discipline, survival and hope.' - South Coast Register.

  • Captures the unique spirit of Australian prisoners of war and their spirit that managed to endure it all... This book ranges across wars and the forgotten men and women, this is a compelling insight. - Country News Insert.

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Michael Caulfield

Michael Caulfield has been a composer, musician and TV and film producer and director, both in Australia and overseas. He was the executive producer of the ABC TV series Australians at War. He has published two other books with Hachette.

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