BATTLE WITHIN: POWS IN POST-WAR AUSTRALIA
This landmark and compelling book follows the stories of 15,000 Australian prisoners of war from the moment they were released by the Japanese at the end of World War II. Their struggle to rehabilitate themselves and to win compensation and acknowledgement from their own country was just beginning. This moving book shows that the battle within was both a personal and a national one as official policies and attitudes towards these men were equivocal and arbitrary for almost forty years. A grateful nation ultimately lauded and commemorated POWs as worthy veterans from the 1980s, but the real story of the fight to get there has not been told until now.