• Bastard Behind the Lines

  • The Extraordinary Story of Jock McLaren's Escape from Sandakan and His Guerrilla War Against the Japanese
  • By: Tom Gilling
  • Narrated by: David Tredinnick
  • Length: 8 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Categories: Biographies & Memoirs, Military & War
  • 4.0 out of 5 stars (2 ratings)
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He escaped from Singapore's Changi prisoner of war camp to become one of Australia's great World War II guerrilla fighters. 'The way I look at it is this...when you're behind the line and get yourself into trouble, you've got to get your bloody self out irrespective of anybody else. That's why I like it.'

Scottish-born but a Queenslander to the bone, Jock McLaren was a true Australian hero. As a prisoner, he escaped twice, first from Changi and later from the infamous Sandakan POW camp in Borneo. After paddling a dugout canoe across open sea, he fought for two years with American-led Filipino guerrillas, his exploits so audacious the Japanese put a price on his head.

At the helm of his 26-foot whaleboat, the Bastard, McLaren sailed brazenly into enemy-held harbours, wreaking havoc with his mortar and machine guns before heading back out to sea. In early 1945, he joined Australia's secretive Z Special Unit, parachuting into Borneo to carry out reconnaissance and organise anti-Japanese resistance ahead of Allied landings. He cheated death on numerous occasions and saved his own life by removing his appendix without anaesthetic, using 'two large dessert spoons' and a razor blade.

©2021 Tom Gilling (P)2021 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

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  • 06-01-21

text book rather than a story

I was hoping for an entertaining blow by account of adventure and survival behind the lines.
unfortunately this was more like a text book which questioned a number of different accounts of what happened.
not as entertaining as I'd hoped.