Max Butler, Sally's father, was a member of the 2/40th, a battalion of volunteers from the bottom of the world, mostly Tasmanian, almost 900 men; many were sons of World War I veterans, sons who were never given a fighting chance when they were effectively abandoned on Timor - courtesy of the unprepared authorities - with a few rifles and old Lewis guns, insufficient submachine guns and precious little ammunition. The Australian military underestimated Japanese capabilities and strength and Churchill decided that Australia's first duty lay in the defence, not of Australia, but of Burma - all for Britain.
All this together with orders such as those coming from Major General Sydney Howell, 'to put up the best defence possible with the resources you have at your disposal'. These men turned and faced the onslaught. With absolute courage. Timor was the last of the islands to fall to the Japanese. The prisoners they became were spread throughout the Japanese prisoner-of-war camps scattered over the Pacific. Where their real nightmares began...About the Author:
Sally was born in Tasmania in 1953. She got a BA in politics and history before going to live in Australia where she had a variety of jobs including in television and radio. She then got a Diploma of Journalism and is married with two children.
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Descripción Hachette Australia, Sydney Australia, 2010. Soft Cover. Estado de conservación: New. No Jacket. First Edition. 375 pages, b&w photographs, end notes. The search by the author to really 'find out about her father', a member of the 2/40th AIF Battalion in World War II, who was captured by the Japanese and spent over three years in horrific conditions in pow camps, including the infamous Thai-Burma Railway. He survived but like so many of the 22,000 Australian pow's he could not, or would not, talk about the events even to his family. Nº de ref. de la librería 337836