Wilson’s Promontory in Victoria is a nature reserve and popular camping destination, however during the years 1941-42 it was the training location for eight of Australia’s independent companies, later renamed commando squadrons. As with all military training, the conditions needed to be as realistic as possible, and consequently accidents happened. In mid 1941, Corporal Jack Arden was a
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I must admit at the beginning of this post that I am biased regarding one of the books I intend to mention: “Nothing is Forever” by Colonel Ron Garland., M.C. and Bar. My much admired late paternal grandfather was a member of the independent company about which Garland wrote, and in which Garland was briefly a junior officer.
In late February, 1943, the 2/8th Australian Independent Company, under the command of Major C.W. Bayly, was camped in the vicinity of Darwin, the Northern Territory, training and patrolling various areas including Casuarina Beach “both day and night.” Having completed their initial independent company training at the Guerilla Warfare School, Foster, Victoria in mid September, 1942, the 2/8th