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In August 1944, 1104 Japanese prisoners of war at the Australian POW camp at Cowra stage a mass breakout. Four guards are killed in the escape, and 231 prisoners die by wounds sustained or suicide, while 334 prisoners are recaptured over the subsequent nine days. Written by Chris Hartcher <hartcher@ozemail.com.au>

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This mini-series' closing epilogue states: "On 2nd March 1946, the Japanese ship Daikai Maru steamed out of Sydney Harbour carrying the surviving Cowra prisoners. Three weeks late they disembarked onto an empty wharf in Japan and disappeared into Japanese society. Many have never told their friends, their wives or their children that they were prisoners-of-war [POWs]. Today the 4 Australians and 231 Japanese who died in the breakout lie buried in the War Cemetery at Cowra. In [a] field nearby, cattle graze amongst the ruins of the [Cowra Word War II] Prisoner-of-War Camp." See more »

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Very Good
22 March 2002 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

This is one of my favourite mini-series. It is a shame that "Cowra Breakout","The Dirtwater Dynasty" and "Against the Wind' are not put back on Television and/or DVD. All of these are very well acted, very Australian and keeps myself as a viewer,very absorbed. From memory the Cowra Breakout is set during the 2nd world war, in which our two main protaganists meet, during a very bitter battle which I think results in the capture of the japanese actor and the returning of the aussie to a N.S.W town called Cowra. The Japanese are kept as prisoners in POW there camp and our two former enemies become friends. To be captured by the enemy is to be absolutely disgraced and the only honorable thing for a Japanese POW to do is to committ suicide, which some of them try. All in all a very good mini-series with good flow and one which I believe, would be enjoyed by the rest of the world


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