Explore: Australian prisoners of war 1940-1945
More than 30,000 Australians became prisoners of war between 1940 and 1945. This section provides images and the personal story of one prisoner. Explore the galleries 'camps', 'ingenuity' and 'surviving' for a sense of the POW experience.
Patsy Adam-Smith, Prisoners of War: from Gallipoli to Korea, Ringwood, 1992.
Betty Jeffrey, White Coolies, Sydney, 1954.
Hank Nelson, Prisoners of war: Australians under Nippon, Sydney, 1985.
Carolyn Newman (ed), Legacies of our Fathers, Lothian, Melbourne, 2005.
Lynette Ramsay Silver, Sandakan: a conspiracy of silence, Kuala Lumpur, 2001.
Richard Reid, The Burma Thailand Railway 1942-1943, Canberra, 1998.
Richard Reid, In Captivity: Australian Prisoners of War in the 20th Century, Canberra, 1999.
Richard Reid, Laden, Fevered, Starved: the POWs of Sandakan, North Borneo, 1945, Department of Veterans' Affairs, Canberra, 1999.
Richard Reid and John Moremon, Stolen Years: Australian prisoners of war, Canberra, 2002.
Rohan Rivett, Behind Bamboo; an inside story of the Japanese Prison Camps, Sydney, 1946.
Operation CLICK: Anzac to Kokoda
is a classroom resource which draws on and encourages the use of the following Veterans' Affairs websites:
You may download Work sheets - provided in PDF file format.
The resource book and CD-ROM package contains lessons that can be used in many contexts in History and Studies of Society and Environment (SOSE) classrooms. They were written by experienced history teachers with three aims in mind: