Monthly Archives: November 2013

Australians in New Caledonia, 1942 – An Extract from “Proud to be Third.”

Following is a brief extract from the WW2 memoirs of J.C. ‘Jack’ Pevely as featured in “Proud to be Third,” my first book. In the section below, Jack writes of his time with No.3 Australian Independent Company in New Caledonia in 1941-42 where he was a medical sergeant in the R.A.P. (Regimental Aid Post). “My next move was

Dien Bien Phu and Gallipoli – My Bookshelf Part IV.

Dien Bien Phu. Sixty years ago today, French colonial forces parachuted into a valley in north-western Vietnam and captured from the Viet Minh a cluster of villages known as Dien Bien Phu. The siege that followed was one of the most significant in modern times and the subject of Howard R. Simpson’s book “Dien Bien Phu: The Epic

A Weary Road – Remembering the ‘Broken’ of War.

I was prompted yesterday to dust off a book which I had purchased some time ago but had never sat down to read. “Shattered Anzacs” by Marina Larsson focuses not on the dead of the Great War, but on those who survived and returned home wounded – in body or mind – and the impact this had on

How to Wear your Beret Correctly.

Regular readers of this blog will be aware that one of the topics I am most passionate about is the World War Two Australian Independent Companies and Commando Squadrons. As part of their uniform, the coys wore a beret, though in action many of the men chose to wear the standard Australian ‘Hat, Khaki, fur felt.’ The beret

Australian Commando Squadron Leader: Major Norm Winning M.B.E.

Sometimes people survive the experience of war only to perish in circumstances that appear divinely unjust or ‘unfair’. Such is the story of Major Norman Isaac Winning, M.B.E. Born on the 27th of May, 1906 in Oban, Scotland, Winning was a ‘planter,’ possibly in the then Netherlands East Indies (now Indonesia) before enlisting in the A.I.F. one year