Blog: Second World War
Bryant’s Diary: Friday 14th March 1941
I had a cow of a night last night. The wind became very strong and my eyes, ears, mouth and nose became choked with sand. I spent all day making a dug out for myself. It can do anything now. As a matter of fact we had a shower of rain today, but it was only slight. Still no more air raids.
Bryant’s Diary: Saturday 15th March 1941
Bryant’s Diary: Friday 7th March 1941
Bryant's Diary: Friday 21st February 1941
Retired back to Wadi Chariar and took up positions in old Turkish trenches.
Cosgriff's Diary: Friday 21st February 1941
Cosgriff's Diary: Friday 14th February 1941
Pro pace [For peace]. Only Horan and Carroll at Mass. Lecture on Arabic – too hard for me. Tim and Owen here for lunch. Visited McCormack and Ronald. Hours too long at evening meets. Arthur Amies the only one working. Horan filling his torch.
Cosgriff's Diary: Friday 7th February 1941
Fallen soldiers. Letters from Aileen, Elsa, home (2), Dr Pascal. Tom missed out on mail – sent cable. Pay day 13 pounds short. Alex this arvo with Len. Bath in Errington’s bath-room. Met Sam Johnston at Windsor Hotel. Found whereabouts of Owen Steele. Coffee with Campbell and Honils. Home at 12:30.
Late last year the Memorial received a pair of Second World War escape and evasion (E&E) boots as part of a donation.
65 years ago a very special operation began to provide food to the starving civilians in the German occupied Netherlands. During the harsh winter of 1944-1945 the Dutch population endured a major famine. Known as the ‘hungerwinter’ it was concentrated in the densely populated urban areas bounded by Amsterdam, Utrecht, Rotterdam and The Hague. By 1945 the daily ration had been reduced to 600 calories – a third of what it had been in 1941.
Although outside main combat areas during the Second World War, India became an important region for the RAAF, and for many RAAF personnel attached to RAF units. In some RAF squadrons, ten percent of the crews were Australians, many of them transferred from training or bomber units based in England.