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H.M.A.S. Armidale Survivors.

In my posts The Armidale Raft and Follow-up to the Armidale Raft, I mentioned briefly the loss of the World War Two Royal Australian Navy corvette H.M.A.S. Armidale to enemy air action in late 1942. One of the first public interviews of survivors was conducted by the ABC Radio war correspondent Peter Hemmery. The interview of Leading Signalman

A Roll of the Die.

The role of civilian industry in wartime does not feature in our telling of military history as often as the stories of those who physically risked their lives on a battlefield. However without industrial innovation and production, there can be no ‘front line’ or ‘tip of the spear.’ The following story about one private British business and their

Birth of the Australian WWII Independent Companies.

While there is no direct, unbroken lineage between today’s Australian special forces and the Australian independent companies, commando squadrons, and special units of World War Two in the Pacific, it is acknowledged that the former were the antecedents of our present Special Air Service and Commando Regiments. Despite it being common knowledge that the independent companies – the

New life for Abandoned WWII “orphan” ?

Krait-Jaywick type commando canoe find in Melbourne suburb is of Historic significance. Discovered this week in Ringwood, Vic. after the death of its owner; Mr. Hammond, is a British MKI** folboat used by Australian Commandos in the famous ‘Operation Jaywick’ raid, when they were deployed using the captured Japanese fishing boat, the MV KRAIT at the height of the

The Battle for Wau – 75 Years on.

Seventy-five years ago today marks the beginning of the Battle for Wau in the Mandated Territory of New Guinea. A Japanese regimental group built around two battalions of the 102nd Infantry Regiment attempted to capture the township and airstrip of Wau in the Bulolo Valley from ‘Kanga Force’, an Australian command, the bulk of which was the newly

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