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The War Diaries of "Weary" Dunlop: Java and the Burma-Thailand Railway, 1942-45 (A Penguin original) Paperback – March 28, 1991


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  • Series: A Penguin original
  • Paperback: 504 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd; New edition edition (March 28, 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140128611
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140128611
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 1.2 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,065,888 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Chimonsho on May 4, 2007
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Well, why not the lead surgeon on the Death Railway? Sir Edward "Weary" Dunlop earned his knighthood and medals from 1942-45 not by killing, but by saving lives and easing suffering. One of the most horrific experiences in the history of war, the Burma-Thailand Railway reportedly cost one life for every sleeper laid down over hundreds of miles. But Weary's monumental humanity moderated and ultimately triumphed over Japan's inhumanity toward the POWs and Asian civilians abused as slave labor. He performed wonders in sustaining morale, and repeatedly endured beatings and mistreatment protecting prisoners too weak to meet Japanese work demands. These diaries are very raw data. They contain graphic details of brutality and abominable conditions, but also some severe judgements of other officers, whose decisions made under duress were not always understood by Weary at the time. Thus the diaries must be used with caution; also, the focus on European prisoners diverts attention from the millions of Asians who suffered far more grievously from Japanese atrocities. These crimes must never be forgotten, because they show that war is so horrible it should only be a last resort. Weary devoted his remarkable life to aiding others, including working to reconcile the former warring nations. Despite his WW2 ordeal, when Australia allied with the US in Vietnam, he volunteered to return to Southeast Asia---to heal civilian victims of that war. An inspiration to all he encountered, he ranks among the towering figures of the 20th century. In "Bridge on the River Kwai" James Donald's surgeon character is directly modeled after Weary Dunlop.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lincster45 on August 11, 2013
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Weary Dunlop was one of Australia's heroes, perhaps one of the greatest Aussies to live in the 20th Century. He describes his time as a POW and what he was able to do to save so many lives. It's not an easy read, but it is a good read. I have been to Hellfire pass and across the real Bridge over the River Kwai and been to the cemetery in Kanchanaburi.... so many died, but so many lived thanks Weary. Any veteran or war history buff will find this a document to the horrors of war.

Thank you Weary for all you did to help so many.
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Some may say what a long drawn out story, it certainly was along drawn out war his diaries were lucky to be written given the terrible circumstances that prevailed during that period. This isn't a story so much, more an account of the misery and hardship that Australian and allied soldiers unlucky enough to be captured by the Japanese . I found it hard to keep on reading at times but as a tribute to the great surgeon soldier I persevered to the end. I'm sure that without his determination and professionalism a lot more diggers would not have returned home .Any accolades received by him wouldn't have been enough in my view
he was a great man a humble man and certainly right for that period.
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By Brenda King on June 30, 2014
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This book gives an insght to the Australian service men who served in WW2.
Words cannot describe the respect I have for them all.
The power of mates serving under the harshest conditions. Lest we Forget
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jkh on June 7, 2013
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A great book for a wet weekend as its hard to put down. A terrific way to learn history. Fabulous!
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