The War Diaries of Weary Dunlop
Java and the Burma-Thailand Railway 1942-1945
by E. E. Dunlop
Nelson Publishers, Thomas Nelson Australia, 1986, b/w phtographs, hardcover, dustjacket, ISBN 0170066673
Near Fine Condition, dustjacket has minor shelf and edge wear
'As a commanding officer and a surgeon, 'Weary' became a hero and a legend to thousands of Australians and allied prisoners, whose lives were saved with meagre medical supplies and the instruments the medical officers carried on their backs through Java and Thai jungles. He says himself: 'Of some 22,000 who entered captivity, more than 7,000 died or were killed. 'Of their sufferings ... only those who where present can fully comprehend the seeming hopelessness of it all as their bodies wasted and their friends died.''
Sir Edward describes how the camps were organised: 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.
From February 1942 he was in the following Japanese prospn camps: Bandoeng, Tjimahi, Makasura, Changi, Konyu, Hintok, Tarsau, Chungkai and Nakom Patom.'