Prime The Changi Brownlow –

The Changi Brownlow After Singapore falls to the Japanese early in , prisoners including Australians, are held as POWs at the notorious Changi prison, Singapore To amuse themselves and fellow inmates, a group of sportsmen led by the indefatigable and popular Chicken Smallhorn, created an Australian Football League, complete with tribunal, selection panel, umpires and coaches The final game of the one and only season was between Victoria and the Rest of Australia, which attracted spectators, and a unique Brownlow Medal was awarded in this unlikely setting under the curious gaze of Japanese prison guards Meet the main characters behind this spectacle Peter Chitty, the farm hand from Snowy River country with unfathomable physical and mental fortitude, and one of eight in his immediate family who volunteer to fight and serve in WW Chicken Smallhorn, the Brownlow medal winning little man with the huge heart and Weary Dunlop, the courageous doctor, who cares for the POWs as they endure malnutrition, disease and often inhuman treatment This is a story of courage and the invincibility of the human spirit, and highlights not only the Australian love of sport, but its power to offer consolation in times of extreme hardship What a great read I enjoyed this so muchthan Narrow Road to the Deep North, which I thought was terrific as well But this was the real McCoy A most moving experience. Focuses on the fall of Singapore and the subsequent building of the Thai Burma railway Despite the title, the football games at Changi were a sideshow event Very readable and a reminder of the bastardy of the Japanese army.

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