St. Leonards, NSW, Australia : Allen & Unwin, 1993.
Book — xxiii, 179 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
A Sunday lament-- it's good being free-- too much of a good thing-- the most exciting day-- undreamed-of luxury-- a would-be correspondent-- finally, some money!-- all this mail!-- moving out-- in touch with things again-- this accursed lack of pence-- "you understand?"-- news from home!-- another anniversary apart-- free to shake the shackles-- we're well on the way!-- lost and found-- 2/2 Australian Pioneer Battalion prisoners of wars.
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This work tells how one prisoner of war prepared himself, mentally and physically, for his journey home after three and a half years of brutal captivity in Java, Burma and Thailand during World War II. Staff Sergeant Cecil Dickson was a member of the 2/2 Australian Pioneer Battalion, which was forced to surrender to the Japanese in March 1942. His engineering unit bore the heaviest work in constructing the Burma-Thailand railway. The author draws on Dickson's letters home to his wife, and on research and interviews with many surviving Pioneers, to paint a dramatic picture of prisoner-of-war life under the Japanese. Readers can discover what it felt like to emerge abruptly from one day's starvation to the next day's air-drops, and from being in regimented captivity to being in charge of one's own time again. Dickson's writings also provide a glimpse of one man's determination to free his mind from continued captivity by replacing bitter memories with the sights and sounds of post-war Bangkok, and with tender thoughts of reunion with loved ones. (source: Nielsen Book Data)