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78 years since Australia’s biggest prison breakout

Jim Wilson
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Aussie author Mat McLachlan’s new book “The Cowra Breakout” takes you back to an incredible chapter in our state’s history.

The Cowra breakout occurred on 5 August 1944, when 1,104 Japanese prisoners of war attempted to escape from a prisoner of war camp near Cowra, in New South Wales, Australia. It was the largest prison escape of World War II, as well as one of the bloodiest. During the escape and ensuing manhunt, four Australian soldiers and 231 Japanese soldiers were killed. The remaining escapees were re-captured and imprisoned.

Tragically, 5 Aussie soldiers and more than 230 prisoners lost their lives.

Today is the 78th anniversary of this significant event in our nation’s history.

Mat McLachlan told Jim Wilson it was a “well-orchesrated plan”.

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Image: SMH

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