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Infantryman and Commando – Colonel George Warfe D.S.O., M.C. – Part II.

In early 1943, George Warfe was a Captain, Temporary Major, and Officer Commanding the 2/3rd Australian Independent Company in the Wau-Salamaua Campaign in New Guinea. He was an active leader, physically fit and willing to do whatever he ordered his subordinates to do. At one stage he personally manned a Vickers Medium Machine Gun and staged a long-range

Supply in the Jungle – by Air.

Conventional wisdom has it that the Second World War in the Pacific was won by the Allies in two ways: supremacy in the air, and supremacy, or at least effectiveness, in the means and methods of supply. The air war in the Pacific, particularly in the South-West Pacific Area where Australian air and ground forces operated, has received

Memory Lingers.

For military historians and enthusiasts such as myself, armed conflicts cease on a nominated date. Governments count the financial and material cost, the combatants fold their tents and head off ‘home’ and that is the end of it. We move on. The public finds something else to focus upon. For those who have lost loved ones however, ‘moving

Gallipoli – The Lead-up (Part 2).

(Continued): The next meeting of the War Council on the 23rd of January confirmed the tentative decision of the 13th. The naval attack on the Dardanelles, with the ultimate objective being the capture of Constantinople, would proceed, the only military assistance envisaged being small parties of Royal Marines to complete the demolition of forts damaged by the bombardment.

Gallipoli – The Lead-Up (Part 1).

As early as the 19th of December, 1906, the possibility of the Turkish Dardanelles being a target in the event of war was being treated with caution, particularly in regards to a purely naval expedition without the aid of substantial forces on the ground. On the eve of the Great War, the 3rd of August, 1914, Britain announced

Wandumi, New Guinea, the 29th of January, 1943 – An Introduction.

2345 hours [11:45pm] 29th January, 1943, Wau, New Guinea: “Sitrep from Kanga stated at 0930 in the Wandumi area enemy strength was estimated to be from 300 to 500 on our direct front and large numbers by-passing fwd positions.” A ‘sitrep’ was a Situation Report and ‘Kanga’ was the name of the local area military headquarters which had

Infantryman and Commando – Colonel George Warfe D.S.O., M.C. – Part 1.

Colonel George Warfe was one of the most famous names in the Second A.I.F. during World War Two, at the very least within the Sixth Australian Division where he served most of his six years in uniform. Men who had never met him had heard of his exploits, and the stories of his experiences spread, embellished here and

Never Returned – Disappearance in the Markham.

On or about the 1st of June, 1942, three Australian soldiers were imprisoned by the Japanese in the town of Lae, in a roughly built cell made of local materials, which was then riddled with machine-gun bullets. They became the first Australian prisoners to be murdered on the mainland of what was then known as the Mandated Territory

Forever – Military Historian and Author John Laffin – My Bookshelf Part VIII.

Born in 1922 in Sydney, Australia, with both his parents serving in the Great War and he himself serving for five years in the Second World War, John Laffin was a respected military historian and prolific author, with “nearly 130 books to his name.” Laffin set in motion the founding of the organisation “Families and Friends of the

Chemical Warfare in the South West Pacific Area.

There is no public record of chemical warfare agents being used by either the Australians and Americans or their enemies of the time, the Japanese, in the war in the South West Pacific during World War Two. This is not to say, however, that both sides were not prepared for such an eventuality. After the widespread use of
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