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  • Bastard Behind the Lines

  • The Extraordinary Story of Jock McLaren's Escape from Sandakan and His Guerrilla War Against the Japanese
  • By: Tom Gilling
  • Narrated by: David Tredinnick
  • Length: 8 hrs and 54 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (10 ratings)

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Bastard Behind the Lines

By: Tom Gilling
Narrated by: David Tredinnick
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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. 

Drawing on Allied and Japanese wartime documents, Bastard Behind the Lines brings the story of a courageous digger vividly to life and throws light on a rarely explored aspect of Australia’s Pacific war.

©2021 Tom Gilling (P)2021 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

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it may or may not have happened

every single thing that happened may or may not have happened.. every time .. to the point it gets boring .. just make it a story and it happened 80 years ago.. just decide on 1 story not 3 possible stories... just to keep the story moving ..

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