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Title:
The Lost Battalions (MP3)
Written by:
Tom Gilling 
Read by:
David Tredinnick 
Format:
Unabridged MP3 CD Audio Book 
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Duration:
9 hours 34 minutes 
MP3 size:
395 MB 
Published:
February 28 2019 
Available Date:
February 28 2019 
Age Category:
Adult 
ISBN:
9781489487179 
Genres:
Non-fiction; Australian; World War II 
Publisher:
ABC Audio 
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A battle that could not be won. An island that could not be defended. An ally that could not be trusted.

They were thrown into a hopeless fight against an overwhelming enemy. Later, hundreds died as prisoners of war on the Thai-Burma Railway and in the freezing coal mines of Taiwan and Japan. Through it all, wrote Weary Dunlop, they showed ‘fortitude beyond anything I could have believed possible’. Until now, the story of the 2000 diggers marooned on Java in February 1942 has been a footnote to the fall of Singapore and the bloody campaign in New Guinea. Led by an Adelaide lawyer, Brigadier Arthur Blackburn VC, and fighting with scrounged weapons, two Australian battalions – plus an assortment of cooks, laundrymen and deserters from Singapore – held up the might of the Imperial Japanese Army until ordered by their Dutch allies to surrender. Drawing on personal diaries, official records and interviews with two of the last living survivors, this book tells the extraordinary story of the ‘lads from Java’, who laid down their weapons, but refused to give in.