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How do you survive with your beaten starved and humiliated as a prisoner of war in a camp on the Thai Burma Railway? 'You stick together. That's what you do,' says David Digger Barrett. 'You scam, lie, steal, cheat and hate the bastards with as much energy is you love and protect your mates.'


David 'Digger' Barrett was given his nickname at an early age by his father. It was prophetic: as an eighteen-year-old looking for fun and adventure, he enlisted as a private and served in World War II. After surviving the Malayan campaign, he would spend over three years as a Japanese prisoner of war.


It would take Digger more than fifty years to rid his mind of the hate he had for the guards of the Imperial Japanese Army. His story of courage, mateship and survival takes him from the prison camps of Thailand and Burma to the fight for reparations for all Australian POWs of the Japanese.

Digger's Story

  • ISBN: 978-1-923061-88-0

    Size: 152mm x 228mm

    Format: Paperback

    Pages: 320pp

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