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Abandoned And Sacrificed: The Tragedy Of The Montevideo Maru


This is the forgotten story of Australia’s worst maritime disaster.

In 1942, over 1000 prisoners and internees perished as the Japanese-requisitioned Montevideo Maru was sunk by a lone American submarine. Experience maritime war historian Dr Kathryn Spurling tells how the victims – priests, soldiers and civilians, many barely adults – came to perish on the Japanese hell ship and reveals why the Australian Government continued to cover-up the details of the sinking long after the end of the war.