• 75th Anniversary AIF Malaya first contact with Japanese - Gemencheh Bridge, 14 January 1942

    Friday 13 January 2017 by Craig Berelle. 2 comments

    This blog recalls the 75th anniversary of the day in 1942 when members of B Coy, 2/30th Battalion, seized an opportunity as the first Australian ground force to clash with the Japanese and blow a vital bridge at Gemencheh, in the state of Negri Sembilan, Malaya.By allowing a small element of Japanese to cross over and continue east toward the town of Gemas, the Australians intended to bring to bear the strength of the main force …

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  • Anniversary of the sinking of HMAS Parramatta

    Thursday 27 November 2008 by .

    HMAS Parramatta in camouflage c. 1941

    One of the lesser known tragedies of the Second World War is the sinking of the Grimsby class sloop HMAS Parramatta. At the time, Parramatta was serving in the Mediterranean assisting with supplying the Allied garrison at Tobruk, which was under siege by German and Italian forces. In the early hours of the 27th November 1941 while escorting a convoy, Parramatta was hit by a torpedo fired from German submarine U559. The torpedo caused …

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