|Merv McRae, around 1941|
In February 1942, Singapore falls and Australian troops are ordered to surrender to the Japanese.
This is chapter 13 of the biography of just one of these prisoners -
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It is taken from the book '"But Sir" The Autobiography of a Twentieth Century Australian.
It is not by design that this is chapter thirteen, like many things from now on which were beyond our control. I don’t have a diary to work from, and don’t intend to go into detail about the Malayan campaign. This has all been well documented before in some fine books, such as "The Naked Island," "The Death Railway," and a recent publication, "Towards the Setting Sun." These are all authentic books if anyone requires a ball by ball description. Most (or maybe all) of these books have been written by officers and men who attended better schools than State School No. 2280. I only intend to write about the highs and lows of P.O.W. days, without the statistics, which aren’t available to me. I rely only on memory, which is still very clear.
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There are troubled times again, in more than one part of the world. Some of it is because of the greed for territory and influence, and some is because a minority of Muslims would like to return us all to more barbaric times - times when punishments such as stoning and beheadings were routine. Not for centuries have people behaved as the murderous cultists (ISIS or ISIL) are acting. It is looking like it will be a war between the civilised world and barbarians. It has happened before that barbarians have brought down a civilisation, so it should not be treated lightly. On the other hand, I really do not think they will succeed.
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