Monthly Archives: December 2013

“A” Company, 2/1st Australian Machine Gun Battalion (Wau-Salamaua Campaign: Units Part I).

In the jungle warfare of World War Two in Papua and New Guinea, the infantry – of both sides – was the primary ‘hammer’ of success or failure. A foot soldier, however, cannot operate without a good deal of support, and it is these lesser-known units that I intend to shine a brief spotlight upon in the context

Not Without its Sorrow… A Christmas Greeting from France, 1918.

I hesitate to quote from a document verbatim and then put it forward as the sum total of a blog entry, however on occasion I believe it is warranted to minimise the commentary and let the original author speak for him/her self. Such is the case with the following, a poignant suggested text for a Christmas greeting to

A Concise History of the 2nd Australian Field Regiment, R.A.A., WW2.

The 2nd Field Regiment R.A.A. [Royal Australian Artillery] had existed in various forms as a C.M.F. [Civilian Military Forces – ‘Militia’] unit since the early months of 1921, but as of the 1st of February, 1941, it consisted of two field batteries, the 4th and 5th – the 6th Battery not being formed until May of the following year – with 18 pounder

Indigenous Recognition – Papua and New Guinea, WW2.

There exists in some circles the belief that the indigenous people of Papua and New Guinea who helped the Allied cause in the Second World War were ignored and their service unacknowledged in any way. A quick and easy search of the records of the Australian New Guinea Administrative Unit – the organisation that administered the welfare of