Sisters Behind the Wire: Reappraising Australian Military Nursing and Internment in the Pacific during World War II

July 2011
Medical History;Jul2011, Vol. 55 Issue 3, p419
Academic Journal
Case Study
A case study is presented on the Australian Army Nursing Service (AANS) during World War II, focusing on Australian nurses held captive by Japanese forces on Sumatra. It examines the nurses' experiences as prisoners of war (POWs) and considers their writings published after their release. The author comments on historiography and collective memory surrounding their stories. The ‘Bangka Island Massacre,’ a massacre of several nurses by Japanese soldiers on Bangka Island, is also considered.


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