Pounding along to Singapore

Caroline Gaden

The story of the 2/20th Battalion includes letters of Captain E.W. Gaden of D Force who was a Prisoner of War of the Japanese from 1940 to 1945.

After finding letters written by her father-in-law Captain Bill Gaden to his family during the Second World War, Caroline Gaden was intrigued. As the mother of two serving officers, she understands the raw emotions involved when a family member is overseas in harm’s way. As she pieced together the story around Bill’s descriptive letters, a unique perspective of the 2/20 Battalion AIF emerged.

Here is an insight into the lives of the men during their initial training in Australia, through their preparation in Malaya and their fierce and bloody battles with the Japanese. Caroline cleverly weaves extracts from the Battalion’s Routine Orders and War Diary with Bill’s letters to describe events and put them in context with personal stories and the emotional connection to the families back home.

A military history, a social history and a family history wrapped together, this book provides a compelling glimpse into the life of a soldier at war.

Soft cover, photographs, 320 pages.

Pounding along to Singapore