Monthly Archives: October 2013

Communist Counter-Insurgency – Sir Robert Thompson.

The September/October 2013 issue of Modern War magazine features a surprising article on a British man named Sir Robert Thompson. I write ‘surprising’ because Sir Robert’s name does not often appear during discussions on post WW2 conflicts in Asia, even though for a period his counter-insurgency doctrine was influential. According to Kelly Bell, the author of the article,

2/7th Australian Independent Company (Part 1).

The 2/7th Australian Independent Company/Commando Squadron is the only one of Australia’s eight original World War Two Independent Companies not to have a company/squadron history, so I think it only fitting that I post snippets of information from their – admittedly sparse – official war diaries so the public may gain a rough impression of the unit. To

Tired of Killing – Mont Brehain, October, 1918.

“The price of victory was paid with the lives of many very gallant officers, N.C.O.s and men whose loss in the closing stages of the war – perhaps in our last battle all regret.” So wrote the philosophical war diarist of the 24th Australian Infantry Battalion, 6th Brigade, 2nd Division, of the 1st  A.I.F. on the 5th of