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The Resource Australian POWs : the untold stories of WWI, David Coombes

Australian POWs : the untold stories of WWI, David Coombes

Label
Australian POWs : the untold stories of WWI
Title
Australian POWs
Title remainder
the untold stories of WWI
Statement of responsibility
David Coombes
Title variation
  • Untold stories of WWI
  • Australian prisoners of war
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
The experiences of Australian prisoners of war (POWs) or Kriegsgefangeners held captive in Germany has been largely forgotten or ignored -- overshadowed by the horrid stories of Australians imprisoned by the Japanese during World War Two. Yet the stories not only provide an account of what those young Australian soldiers experienced and the spirit they showed in responding to captivity, but also for the insight they provide into Germany in the last eighteen months of the war. Coombes draws upon previous inaccessible records -- including the interviews conducted many years before by Chalk -- as well as private papers and unpublished manuscripts. He paints a vivid picture of young soldiers who survived the trauma of battle, only to find themselves facing an unknown fate at the hands of an often vindictive and cruel enemy. These 'comrades in distress', many wounded and traumatised by trench warfare, quickly discovered the bond of brotherhood, often the key to survival in a harsh environment with little food, poor medical treatment, back-breaking work and the anguish of confinement. What emerges in the pages of this amazingly detailed account is the typical Australian sense of humour and the sheer will to live that marked these men. Above all, it was their determination to be free and to return once more to their families that ensured their survival; often against overwhelming odds. Australian POWs is a fitting tribute to the World War One soldiers and POWs. David Coombes highlights the ordeals these men went through, their stoicism in enduring their mistreatment, and the fearlessness of a few in launching ingenious attempts to escape. He proves beyond doubt that their stories are by no means less compelling than those of their World War II brothers
Biography type
contains biographical information
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1950-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Coombes, David
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
  • portraits
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • Australia
  • World War, 1914-1918
  • World War, 1914-1918
  • Prisoners of war
  • Prisoners of war
  • World War, 1914-1918
  • World War, 1914-1918
  • Australia
Target audience
adult
Label
Australian POWs : the untold stories of WWI, David Coombes
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Note
  • Originally published as: Crossing the wire. Newport, NSW : Big Sky Publishing, 2011
  • Copyright page from original book
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent.
  • rdacontent.
Control code
p2251757296
Dimensions
25 cm.
Edition
Large print edition.
Extent
xii, 741 pages (large print)
Form of item
large print
Isbn
9780369363671
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps, portraits
Specific material designation
large print
Label
Australian POWs : the untold stories of WWI, David Coombes
Publication
Copyright
Note
  • Originally published as: Crossing the wire. Newport, NSW : Big Sky Publishing, 2011
  • Copyright page from original book
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent.
  • rdacontent.
Control code
p2251757296
Dimensions
25 cm.
Edition
Large print edition.
Extent
xii, 741 pages (large print)
Form of item
large print
Isbn
9780369363671
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps, portraits
Specific material designation
large print

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