The War Diaries of Weary Dunlop

The War Diaries of Weary Dunlop : Java and the Burma - Thailand Railway 1942-1945

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This extraordinary first-hand account of Sir Edward 'Weary' Dunlop's experiences as senior medical officer in the infamous prisoner-of-war camps in Java and on the Burma-Thailand Railway, is not only an account of great historical significance but also a testament to the ability of the human spirit to overcome the most unbearably cruel conditions.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 476 pages
  • 130 x 198 x 42mm | 557.92g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • UK ed.
  • Illustrations, facsims., maps, ports.
  • 0143003917
  • 9780143003915
  • 102,981

About Sir Edward Dunlop

Lieutenant Colonel Sir Edward 'Weary' Dunlop was an Australian surgeon who was renowned for his leadership whilst being held prisoner by the Japanese during World War II. A courageous leader and compassionate doctor, he restored morale in the terrible prison camps and jungle hospitals. After the war he continued to work as a surgeon as well as becoming involved in a number of health and educational organisations, and worked tirelessly in the community until his death in 1993. His diaries were first published in 1986.


It's difficult not to be moved and shocked by 'Weary' Dunlop's extraordinary account of life as a prisoner-of-war. The details of daily life and the trials of surgery with no equipment and no anaesthetic are told in a matter-of-fact way by a man who displayed tremendous courage and resilience in the face of brutality and desperation.
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