On the 67th anniversary of Australia
The series will premiere on the History
Channel in late 2009. Entitled The
Tragedy Of The Montevideo Maru, it will tell the story of how, on 1 July
1942, the Japanese was torpedoed in the early hours of the morning off the Philippines
What the Americans did not realise at the time was that the ship was in fact a floating prison - holding over 1000 Australian POWs and civilians. Not one of them survived.
Group channel manager for Foxtel’s History Channel, Jim Buchan, said “We’re thrilled to be able to continue our commitment to commissioning vital Australian documentaries for our national audience.
“In the tradition of event television
such as The Battle of Long Tan, Beyond Kokoda, and He’s
Coming South, we regard the visual documentation of Australia
Mr Buchan said the documentaries will ensure that
the brave Australian soldiers who served on New Britain and New Ireland
The documentary is produced by film maker John Schindler.