Tag Archives: Bulolo

Guns and ‘Dirty’ Gold: A New Guinea Invasion-Time Mystery.

Prior to the Second World War in the Pacific, the territories of Papua and New Guinea to the north of Australia had been the scene of several gold rushes. One such area that was still being worked at the outbreak of the war was the Wau-Bulolo Valley in the Mandated Territory of New Guinea. It was here, during

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

“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

The First Casualty.

It was five minutes prior to noon on Wednesday the 21st of January 1942, and Kevin Parer, the owner and pilot of an air freighting business, was sitting in the cockpit of his aircraft on the ‘drome just outside the busy coastal township of Salamaua in what was then known as the Mandated Territory of New Guinea. Without