Monthly Archives: November 2014

Extract from “Commando White Diamond” by Don Astil.*

Seventy years ago^ the 2nd Australian Corps began to assume responsibility for the northern Solomons island of Bougainville from the U.S. forces which had held a foothold there for twelve months. One of the combat elements of the 3rd Australian Division, the main component of 2 Corps, was the 2/8th Australian Commando Squadron commanded by the formidable Major

Fiftieth Anniversary of the Commando Memorial Cairn at Wilson’s Promontory, Victoria.

Fifty years ago yesterday, on the 15th of November, 1964, a commemorative cairn was dedicated at Tidal River, Wilson’s Promontory, Victoria, in honour of the men of the WW2 Australian independent companies who initially trained there. Today, at the same location, an event took place that acknowledged the significance of those fifty years, and continued the tradition of

All Over – the 4th Squadron, Australian Flying Corps, WW1.

On the 10th of November, 1918, the 4th Squadron of the Australian Flying Corps, then based at Ennetiers in France and equipped with 21 serviceable Sopwith Snipes, flew a collective total of 80 hours and 10 minutes of ‘war time,’ dropped six 25-pound bombs on the enemy, and expended 1,000 rounds of small arms ammunition in strafing the

Friend or Potential Foe? The Difficult Position of the Indigenous in PNG in WW2.

I have written previously about the official recognition of the assistance of the indigenous people of Papua and New Guinea to Australian military forces in the war against Japan. Certainly without their skills and commitment to our cause, the war, particularly in the first 18 months, would have been much harder. However to paint these people as one-dimensional,