Keep the men alive

Rosalind Hearder

Australian POW doctors in Japanese captivity. During the Second World War, 22,000 Australian military personnel became prisoners of war under the Japanese military. Over three and a half years, 8,000 died in captivity in desperate conditions of forced labour, disease and starvation. Many of those who returned home after the war attributed their survival to the 106 Australian medical officers imprisoned alongside them. These doctors varied in age, background and experience, but they were united in their unfailing dedication to keeping as many of the men alive as possible.

This is the story of those 106 doctors - their compassion, bravery and ingenuity - and their efforts in bringing back the 14,000 survivors. Author and historian Rosalind Hearder was awarded the inaugural C.E.W. Bean Military History Prize for her research into Australian prisoner of war medical officers.

Soft cover, photographs, 297 pages.