The night of a thousand suicides : the Japanese outbreak at Cowra / Teruhiko Asada ; translated from the Japanese and edited by Ray Cowan Asada, Teruhiko, 1915-

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Asada, Teruhiko, 1915-
World War (1939-1945); Australia. Army. Cowra Military Camp (1941-1947); Prisoners of war - New South Wales - Cowra - Fiction.
'Early in the morning of August 5, 1944, a thousand Japanese prisoners of war launced a desperate charge at the machine-gun posts and barbed wire surrounding their compound at Cowra, New South Wales. The break-out, they knew even before it began, was doomed to fail. Yet over 230 men died and more than 350 were injured in what must be seen as a mass suicide attempt. A number of those who were too physically incapacitated to take part took their own lives prior to the charge. Why did it happen? Teruhiko Asada's compelling first-person account of the events leading up to the break-out and its appalling aftermath gives a fascinating insight into the Japanese outlook on war and honour. Based on actual events, as recounted to the author by one of the Cowra prisoners, it sheds a vivid light on the moral code which drove a thousand men to seek death, rather than survive the shame of imprisonment"--backcover.
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