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The Emperor's Grace

Untold Stories of the Australians Enslaved in Japan during World War II

Mark Baker



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Monash University Publishing
01 March 2021
The Emperor's Grace is the story of the men of C Force - the first contingent of Australian, British and Dutch POWs shipped from Singapore to Japan in November 1942 - who worked in the Kawasaki Shipyard in Kobe before the American firebombing campaign razed the city, and then the infamous Fukuoka coal mine before the atomic bombings brought World War II to an end.

When the Japanese seized most of South-East Asia in early 1942, they captured 22,000 Australian military personnel. More than a third would die over the next three years from malnutrition, disease and violent abuse. The horrors of the Thai-Burma Railway and Sandakan are well documented. Less well known is the fate of the 3,800 Australians sent to work as slave labourers in the factories and mines of mainland Japan.

The Emperor's Grace is a compelling story of hardship, heroism and endurance - and the ultimate triumph of the human spirit - told for the first time from the unpublished diaries, memoirs and personal accounts of the men who survived.
By:   Mark Baker
Imprint:   Monash University Publishing
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 152mm, 
ISBN:   9781922464033
ISBN 10:   1922464031
Pages:   240
Publication Date:   01 March 2021
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Mark Baker is one of Australias most experienced journalists. He is a former Senior Editor of The Age, Editor of The Canberra Times and Managing Editor (National) of Fairfax Media. During 13 years as a foreign correspondent for Fairfax, News Corp and The Financial Times he had postings in China, Hong Kong, Thailand, Singapore and Papua New Guinea. He covered the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and was wounded while covering the civil war in Bougainville in the early 1990s. He has also served as Political Editor and Canberra Bureau Chief of The Age. Mark Baker is now publisher of the independent online magazine Inside Story. His most recent book was Philip Schuler: The Remarkable Life of One of Australias Greatest War Correspondents.

Reviews for The Emperor's Grace: Untold Stories of the Australians Enslaved in Japan during World War II

'Baker has written an overdue tribute to an overlooked writer. It tells a story that is powerful and true.' --The Australian Regarding the author's previous book, Phillip Schuler: 'This well-researched biography of Phillip Schuler is a most impressive achievement.' --Sydney Morning Herald

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