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A unique record of 2/30 Battalion experiences, told by those who were there. Includes over 8 hours of personal interviews with members of the Battalion. Learn about their time in Training, and at war, the hardships of being a POW and what it was like for those who returned home.

Set of 5 DVD's, running time 8 hours

$60.00 (includes postage)

DVD's x 4

Hellfire Pass, Return to Sandakan, Prisoners of Propaganda & The Forgotten Force

(see details below)

Set of 4 x DVDs

$60.00 (includes postage) - save $20



Hellfire Pass

The construction of the Thai-Burma railway began in 1943 with a substantial number of Allied prisoners of war and Asian conscripts providing the bulk of the labour. By the time the railway was completed, more than 100,000 men had died in a tragic chapter of WWII, remembered as the Hellfire Pass.

This film is the journey back, some 40 years on, of a dedicated group of ex-servicemen from Australia, the UK and Holland, intent on rediscovering the treacherous cuttings and dedicating Hellfire Pass as a monument to those who died under extreme conditions.

Led by legendary hero Sir Edward "Weary" Dunlop, the Australian contingent of veterans, many in their seventies, decided to retrace the section of the line they had built in search of the site of the notorious Hintok Mountain Camp. Along the way the men share their incredible stories of comradeship and explore the bonds of friendship that enabled them to survive and ultimately return to pay their respects.

Single DVD, running time 56 minutes - Film Australia, 1987

$20.00 (includes postage)


Return to Sandakan

During World War II there were nearly 2,500 Allied prisoners held in Sandakan POW camp in British North Borneo. Along with the ravages of war and the struggle to survive abject conditions, only six of these POWs were found alive when the war finally ended. In the years that followed, the horror stories of human depravity and the atrocities committed by the Japanese at Sandakan POW camp would come to light, considered by many as one of the most devastating chapters of the Pacific War.

Recounting the tragedy and loss - the story of these POWs reveals conditions of harsh forced labour, the daunting death marches through the Borneo jungle and examines the legacy of these events today for survivors and their families.

Single DVD, running time 55 minutes - Film Australia, 1995

$20.00 (includes postage)


Prisoners of Propaganda

A revealing product of World War II and the burgeoning propaganda movement, the film Calling Australia! was commissioned by the Imperial Japanese Secret Service to instill fear and prepare the Australian public for the anticipated occupation of their country by the fearsome Japanese forces.

Exposing the "exemplary conditions" under which Australian POWs were kept, Calling Australia! remains a controversial document which has polarised historians and Australian service organisations. With those named in the film believed to be untraceable, Prisoners of Propaganda uncovers the truth, delves deep into the mystery behind the film, explores why it was made, and how it came to be forgotten.

Single DVD, running time 59 minutes - Film Australia, 1987

$20.00 (includes postage)


The Forgotten Force

Over 36,000 Australian men and women, part of the British Commonwealth Occupation Force, marched onto Japanese soil after the atomic destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Their duty was to help out and assist the people in building a new "democratic" society ravaged by war that was still very much under the influence of military rule.

With the aid of rare archival and private footage, photographs and eyewitness accounts from both sides of the war, The Forgotten Force explores Australia's key involvement in this monumental event and also reveals the unfortunate legacy felt by some of the veterans of the occupation force. Many are suffering the threat of cancer believed to be caused by their prolonged exposure to radiation whilst on duty in Japan.

For over fifty years the remediation work of the occupation force has been overlooked and unacknowledged by successive Australian governments causing an overwhelming need to review their significant achievements and to remember and reward their outstanding humanitarian work.

Single DVD, running time 56 minutes - Film Australia, 1994

$20.00 (includes postage)


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