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The Vivian Bullwinkel story takes the reader through her early years in Broken Hill and her struggle to become a certified nurse. She joined the A.A.N.S. at the outbreak of war in Europe and enjoyed the balmy days of pre-war Malacca and Singapore until the surprise attack by the Japanese in December 1941. In 70 days the victorious Japanese captured Malaya and landed on Singapore Island where the Australian Military Hospitals overflowed with wounded and staff worked around the clock under shell and mortar fire. Ordered to evacuate, to escape a looting, raping and murderous enemy, their ship was bombed and sunk off Bangka Island. Vivian and other survivors were lined up and shot by a Japanese patrol. Only Vivian survived by playing dead after receiving a bullet wound to her side. After existing in the jungle for several weeks, where she cared for a badly wounded British soldier, they finally surrendered. For the next three and a half years Vivian and the surviving Australian Sisters were constantly moved, starved, worked unmercifully and tortured.
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Book Description Hesperian Press, 1999. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. Seller Inventory # 010631