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The Battle Within (C Twomey)


During the Second World War, over 22,000 Australian soldiers were held as prisoners of war. While some 8,000 died in captivity, for those who were freed and returned home to Australia, their battle was far from over. In this landmark book, Christina Twomey explores the battles that these returned soldiers faced – both on a personal front, in terms of rehabilitating themselves mentally and physically, and returning to Australian life, and on a national front, in challenging the official policies and attitudes towards them, which held for some 40 years. The book also explores the inspiring way in which many of the returned prisoners of war supported the forging of strong connections with the Asia-Pacific region and encouraging reconciliation with the Japanese.

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