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آبان ۲۸, ۱۳۹۹ در ۲:۰۸ ق.ظ #7193Virginia Dietzمیهمان
The Story of Billy Young
by Anthony Hill
- ISBN: 9780670076178 (0670076171)
- Author: Anthony Hill
- Release date: July 25, 2012
- Language: english
- Publisher: Penguin Books Australia
- Format: paperback, 432 pages
About The Book
Billy Young was a boy of 15 when he joined the AIF in 1941. He was an orphan — hungry, broke, with nowhere to sleep — and the army offered him a feed, a blanket and five shillings a day in his pocket.
The trouble was, the army sent him off to Malaya where he became a POW when Singapore fell to the Japanese. From Changi, ‘Billy the Kid’ went on to spend the rest of his teenage years in some of the most barbaric Japanese prisons: the notorious labour camp at Sandakan (from which he escaped), and solitary confinement in the horrific Outram Road prison.
Billy survived by a combination of luck, larrikin humour and native cunning, learned as a market boy growing up in Sydney during the Depression. He has lasted into old age by virtue of his extraordinary spirit.
In this powerful account of one of the youngest-ever prisoners of war, award-winning author Anthony Hill takes us into the hearts and minds of the POWs, who refused to ever wholly submit to their captors.
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