The World: Shattering Images

In Australia's elections later this year, one issue that may affect the outcome is 30 years old. The problem facing Liberal Prime Minister William McMahon, who has a tough fight ahead to stay in office, is how to handle the country's World War II archives, which are supposed to stay sealed until 1990.

If rumor is correct, the archives will pretty well destroy the Australian notion that the nation's World War II soldiers were a breed of bronzed supermen. During the retreat from Singapore, 300 Aussie soldiers are said to have pushed aside women and children at gunpoint in order to get...

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