Category: Wartime

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Bert Kienzle: The Architect of Kokoda

Captain Herbert Thomson ‘Bert’ Kienzle was born in Fiji in 1905 of Samoan, English, German descent. In WWI he and his family were all imprisoned in internment camps at Bourke and Molonglo because of...

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Robinson Sakiki, MM

Increased social media during the lockdown Anzac Day period prompted the emergence of extraordinary ‘lost’ history of Papua New Guineans who fought bravely alongside Australians and Americans in WWII. One captivating post by Kokoda...

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The Swamp Ghost

The Swamp Ghost was the nickname given to a WWII B17E bomber wreck that was located inland of Dyke Ackland Bay, in the Agaiembo swamp, in today’s Oro Province of PNG. The wreck rested...

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One of these days we’ll get to Kokoda …

Soldier’s Grim Story of the Kokoda Trail Kokoda was arguably Australia’s most significant campaign of WWII. More Australians died in the seven months in 1942 of fighting in Papua, and the Japanese came closer...

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The Bone Man of Aitape

I had just finished the book The Bone Man of Kokoda, lent to me by that Aitape Big Man, Robert Parer, when it occurred to me that I knew another Bone Man, Tadashi Nishibaki...