It is 1941, and the German High Command has sent General Irwin Rommel and the Afrika Korps to bolster the faltering Italian ground forces in North Africa and take over the beleaguered fortress of Tobruk. The defenders hang on grimly, but prisoners are taken on both sides in the ebb and flow of battle.In Greece and Crete, the reverse occurs; Commonwealth forces are overwhelmed by the might of the Wermacht, and many fall into the hands of the Germans. Many of the Australian and New Zealand prisoners eventually find themselves incarcerated in Campo 57, Gruppignano in north east Italy, under the iron fist of the notorious Colonel Calcaterra of the Caribinieri.Unbroken is the true story of Australian POWs, their capture, their attempted escapes and their ultimate liberation.
WR Beecroft was born in Launceston, Tasmania in 1936. After attending state schools there, he joined the Tasmanian Railways as an apprentice Fitter & Turner, gaining an engineering diploma at night school. His career in engineering took him around the world managing construction projects, including manufacturing plants for Ford Motor Co. and several Embassy buildings for the Australian Government. In 1993 he returned to Australia to start a successful manufacturing and export business, but has now retired with wife Jennie to their acreage property in Queensland.