BOOK “Pounding Along to Singapore, a history of the 2/20 Bn. A.I.F.”
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The book “Pounding Along to Singapore” is a history of the 2/20 Battalion Australian Imperial Forces in World War II. It gives a compelling glimpse into the life of a soldier at war.
The story follows the Battalion from their formation in July 1940 through their initial training in New South Wales, their voyage to Singapore on the troopship ‘QX’ or ‘Queen Mary’, their days as part of the 22nd Brigade, 8th Division of Australian Forces in Port Dickson and Mersing in Malaya, the fighting against the Japanese on the peninsula and island of Singapore, the aftermath of surrender, ‘D’ Force POW on the Burma-Thailand railway, Kanchanaburi, Tarsau and Chungkhai camps, the end of the war and some of the health issues which beset the returning men.
The Battalion’s War Diary and Routine Orders have been interwoven with newspaper reports, and personal stories from individual soldiers. The time line is created by the eloquent and descriptive letters to and from Capt EW Gaden and his family, reflecting the views and social history of Sydney at this time. As the mother of 2 serving officers the author understands the raw emotions involved when a family member is serving overseas ‘in harm’s way’.
Interviews with survivors give a gripping account of the reality of fighting, capture and incarceration, with humour, ‘family’, and mate-ship shining through the darkest times. There is a colour section showing Bill Gaden’s POW paintings.
This is a thoroughly researched and fully indexed history – military, social and family – with the fates of most of the 500 names mentioned being recorded.