'It made Changi seem like heaven.'
There was a place far worse than Changi - Singapore's Outram Road Gaol. Deprivation here was so extreme that there really was a fate worse than death. Stubborn Buggers is the story of 12 Australian POWs who fought and survived the battle for Malaya, then captivity and slave labour, followed by the unimaginable hardships of Outram Road Gaol.
It is a story of how they dealt with the brutality of the Japanese military police, the feared Kempeitai. And it is the story of how they found a way to go on living even when facing a future of no hope and slow death.
But Stubborn Buggers is about more than suffering and brutality. It is also a story of grit, determination, and larrikin humour. It is very much about the triumph of the human spirit.
©2014 Tim Bowden (P)2014 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd
It is always difficult to listen to other peoples suffering but inspiring to hear of the many ways an individual will be defiant, even if only in the confines of their own minds. What incredible character and courage these men had. Im humbled.
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