The War Diaries of Weary Dunlop : Java and the Burma-Thailand Railway 1942-1945

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More than 40 years ago Sir Edward Dunlop, then a Lieutenant-Colonel, began these diaries at the start of his imprisonment by the Japanese in Java and on the Burma-Thailand railway. His meticulous observations of prison camp life were concealed all through the war, and by the time peace came in 1945, he carried with him a unique record of the lives of prisoners-of-war. As a commanding officer and a surgeon, "Weary" became a hero and a legend to thousands of Australian and Allied prisoners, whose lives were saved with meagre medical supplies and the instruments the medical officers carried on their backs through Java and the Thai jungles. Sir Edward describes how the camps were organized, he records deaths, cholera epidemics, operations, and torture, his own - rare - despair, the movement of prisoners up and down the line, and his constant struggle to protect the sick from being drafted into Japanese work parties.

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Lieutenant Colonel Sir Edward 'Weary' Dunlop was an Australian surgeon who was renowned for his leadership whilst being held prisoner by the Japanese during World War II. A courageous leader and compassionate doctor, he restored morale in the terrible prison camps and jungle hospitals. After the war he continued to work as a surgeon as well as becoming involved in a number of health and educational organisations, and worked tirelessly in the community until his death in 1993. His diaries were first published in 1986.

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It's difficult not to be moved and shocked by 'Weary' Dunlop's extraordinary account of life as a prisoner-of-war. The details of daily life and the trials of surgery with no equipment and no anaesthetic are told in a matter-of-fact way by a man who displayed tremendous courage and resilience in the face of brutality and desperation.

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