Sergeant Leslie James (Les) Thredgold, SX5155, and Corporal Edgar Norman (Norm) George, SX3814, interviewed by Peter Brune

Accession Number S02340
Collection type Sound
Object type Oral history
Physical description audio cassette; SONY HF 120; two track mono
Maker George, Edgar Norman (Norm)
Thredgold, Leslie James (Les)
Brune, Peter
Date made 7 December 1986
Access Open
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945
Copyright Item copyright: © Australian War Memorial
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Description

Leslie James Thredgold as a sergeant 2/27th Battalion and Edgar Norman George as a corporal 2/27th Battalion New Guinea, 1942-1943, interviewed by the author Peter Brune as research for his books on Second World War New Guinea conflicts.
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History / Summary

Thredgold and George discuss their training in Queensland, impressions of the officers, the conditions on the Kokoda Track, villages such as Efogi, Mission Ridge and Brigade Hill. They talk about the battle, Japanese firepower, Mission Hut, orders to withdraw, being cut off, the stretchers and condition of the wounded along with the general physical condition of the men and the shortage of food. Also discussed is the Koitaki Parade, views of the 2/16th Battalion, Charforce, going back along the track to Kokada, burying the dead at Brigade Hill and the conditions at Gona. They conclude with final thoughts about their experiences.

  • Listen to Sergeant Leslie James (Les) Thredgold, SX5155, and Corporal Edgar Norman (Norm) George, SX3814, interviewed by Peter Brune
  • Listen to Part 2 of Sergeant Leslie James (Les) Thredgold, SX5155, and Corporal Edgar Norman (Norm) George, SX3814, interviewed by Peter Brune
  • Listen to Part 3 of Sergeant Leslie James (Les) Thredgold, SX5155, and Corporal Edgar Norman (Norm) George, SX3814, interviewed by Peter Brune