Category: Battles and Campaigns

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A Thousand Miles to Freedom

Eighty years ago, in what was one of the longest and most arduous rescue trips in the Pacific war zone, five civilians, survivors of a party of twenty-nine, got clear of the Japanese at...

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The Pacific War Buna-Gona 1942

I’m putting you in command at Buna. Relieve Harding . . . I want you to remove all officers who won’t fight. Relieve regimental and battalion commanders; if necessary, put sergeants in charge of...

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Turning Point in WWII

The Battle for Milne Bay—Japan’s first defeat on land in the Second World War—was a defining moment in the evolution of the indomitable Australian fighting spirit. For the men of the AIF, the militia...

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The Flying Cowboy

SQUADRON LEADER PETER TURNBULL DFC He was called ‘The Flying Cowboy’ and was known for his ‘magnificent fighting spirit and great skill’ during the Second World War but, to his family, Squadron Leader Peter...

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The Pacific War Milne Bay 1942

Australian troops had, at Milne Bay, inflicted on the Japanese their first undoubted defeat on land. Some of us may forget that, of all the Allies, it was the Australians who first broke the...

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THE PACIFIC WAR Kokoda 1942

They carried stretchers over seemingly impassable barriers, with the patient reasonably comfortable. The care they give to the patient is magnificent. If night finds the stretcher still on the trail, they will find a...

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The Kokoda Correction

One of Australia’s longest running controversies which still ignites passion on both sides of the debate—often fuelled by myth and mis-information—is what to call the wartime overland route from Port Moresby to Kokoda—is it...