Bastard Behind the Lines: The Extraordinary Story of Jock McLaren's Escape from Sandakan and His Guerrilla War Against the Japanese Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
He escaped from Singapore's Changi prisoner of war camp to become one of Australia's great World War II guerrilla fighters. 'The way I look at it is this...when you're behind the line and get yourself into trouble, you've got to get your bloody self out irrespective of anybody else. That's why I like it.'
Scottish-born but a Queenslander to the bone, Jock McLaren was a true Australian hero. As a prisoner, he escaped twice, first from Changi and later from the infamous Sandakan POW camp in Borneo. After paddling a dugout canoe across open sea, he fought for two years with American-led Filipino guerrillas, his exploits so audacious the Japanese put a price on his head.
At the helm of his 26-foot whaleboat, the Bastard, McLaren sailed brazenly into enemy-held harbours, wreaking havoc with his mortar and machine guns before heading back out to sea. In early 1945, he joined Australia's secretive Z Special Unit, parachuting into Borneo to carry out reconnaissance and organise anti-Japanese resistance ahead of Allied landings. He cheated death on numerous occasions and saved his own life by removing his appendix without anaesthetic, using 'two large dessert spoons' and a razor blade.
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|Listening Length||8 hours and 54 minutes|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com.au Release Date||01 May 2021|
|Publisher||Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd|
|Best Sellers Rank|| 46,251 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
71 in Special Forces Military History
73 in World War II Biographies (Audible Books & Originals)
225 in History of Special & Elite Military Forces