Worse than infantry [15 November 1945]

[Editor: A medical orderly tells of his experiences in New Guinea during World War Two. Published in The Western Mail, 15 November 1945.] You can always find some blighter worse off than yourself Worse than infantry by A.M. Beck You hear that you’re to “go in” again with an infantry company. You’re a medical orderly, […]

Ned Kelly was a Gentleman [poem, 1940s]

[Editor: A poem regarding Ned Kelly. Believed to have been written during the Second World War, when Australia was at war with the Japanese (1941-1945); possibly composed around the time of the battle of Milne Bay (August-September 1942).] Ned Kelly was a Gentleman Ned Kelly was a gentleman Many hardships did he endure. He battled […]

Fallen heroes: Love of country: Dr Prendiville’s Tribute [10 May 1945]

Fallen heroes. Love of country. Dr Prendiville’s Tribute. In St Mary’s Cathedral yesterday during his address at the V-E Day thanksgiving service the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Perth (Dr Prendiville) paid a tribute to the dead. “This is indeed a day of joy,” he said, “but that joy, unfortunately, is tinged with sorrow, for there […]

Australians capture Sattelberg [27 November 1943]

Australians capture Sattelberg From a “Mail” War Correspondent Somewhere in Australia. — Australian troops yesterday fought their way up the final slopes of a 2,500-ft. ridge, and captured Sattelberg, the main Japanese base in the Cape Huon Peninsula area of New Guinea. The last attack was made in daylight and before nightfall the Japs had […]

MacArthur’s report [27 November 1943]

[Editor: A report from General Douglas MacArthur, who held the position of Supreme Commander of Allied Forces in the Southwest Pacific Area, overseeing US, Australian, and other Allied forces.] MacArthur’s report The communique today says: — NORTH-EAST SECTOR NEW IRELAND— Kavieng Area: Our night reconnaissance units scored two direct hits on an enemy cruiser, causing […]