Monthly Archives: June 2013

The U.S. 162nd Infantry R.C.T. at Nassau Bay – The Wau-Salamaua Campaign Part I.

In the first minutes of the 30th of June, 1943, seventy years ago today, men from the 1st Battalion of the United States’ 162nd Infantry Regimental Combat Team stumbled ashore through heavy surf at a place called Nassau Bay in the then Australian Mandated Territory of New Guinea. Guided in to their objective by a platoon from the

“Commando Kayak” by John Hoehn – An Extract.*

“During subsequent meetings at Victoria Barracks, the two got around to talking about the demise of ISD, as it would affect both of them, but in different ways. It was obvious that the US brass did not like the London based SOE exercising control over clandestine operations in the Pacific theatre through their Australian operating arm. Mott had

Leadership and Landscape – My Book Collection Part I.

“Hi, my name is Darren, and I’m a book addict.” There, I admitted it. I don’t intend to diminish the experiences of anyone who is or has been truly addicted to a substance, but rather to state that books are one of the very few material items that I have difficulty resisting. Some years ago I decided that

Desertion in Papua.

While recently scanning through downloaded WW2 Australian Army War Diary files (courtesy of the Australian War Memorial) during one of my not-uncommon periods of procrastination, I stumbled upon an intriguing story concerning of a behaviour we almost never hear about in popular military history: desertion to the enemy during a time of war. While charges of desertion were