Wallet 1 of 1 - Typescript of address to Toowong Boy Scouts and Cubs by Osmar Julius Blau, 24 April 1997

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Accession Number AWM2020.22.213
Collection number PR01047
Collection type Digitised Collection
Record type Wallet
Item count 1
Object type Typescript
Physical description 10 Image/s captured
Maker Blau, Osmar Julius
Place made Australia
Date made 1997
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945
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Description

Collection relating to the Second World War service of SX13712 Captain Osmar Julius Blau, 27 Brigade Field Workshop, 74 Light Aid Detachment, 22 Brigade, Australia, 1942-1945.

Wallet 1 of 1 - Collection contains typescript of an address by Osmar Julius Blau that he presented to the Toowong Boy Scouts and Cubs on 24 April 1997, concerning his captivity as a prisoner of war of the Japanese, 1942-1945. It describes the military situation and fighting leading to the fall of Singapore, and Blau's part as a POW in 'A Force' under Lieutenant Colonel George Ramsay at Mergui (building an airstrip), Tavoy and Thanbyuzayat (building and maintaining part of the Thailand-Burma railway, including the Hintok bridge). It also comments on the Japanese system of work parties, the Australian officers' roles and medical conditions, including the incidence of jungle typhus.