Graham Apthorpe’s latest book, detailing the man who inspired the Cowra Prisoner of War Camp Breakout was launched at a small ceremony on Saturday, August 5.
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Graham said he enjoyed researching the book and wanted to bring out the humanity of the Breakout.
“I really wanted to tell this particular story because Second Lieutenant Maseo Naka was a real person,” he said.
“He was a good soldier and he was a good enemy in the sense that he caused trouble the way that soldiers should when performing their duty.
“There are a few people I want to thank, Professor Peter Stanley who was the Head Historian at the Australian War Memorial, Steve Bullard for your advice over the years and Koko, whenever I asked a question of Koko she would always very quickly respond,” he said.
Cowra Mayor, Cr Bill West, said it was his pleasure to launch the book.
“This book has been eight years in the making and it tells what I think is a very important story,” he said.
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