Front line at Salamaua

Place Oceania: New Guinea, Mubo Salamaua Area, Salamaua
Accession Number F01621
Collection type Film
Measurement 7 min
Object type Newsreel
Physical description 35mm/b&w/sound
Maker Parer, Damien Peter
Fox Movietone News
Place made Australia
Date made June 1943-August 1943
Access Open
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945

Item copyright: Unlicensed copyright

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Movietone News newsreel version of Damien Parer's film of the fighting and supply around Salamaua. Air supply by Douglas C47 transport aircraft. Aerial strafing and bombardment of Salamaua airstrip by Douglas A-20 Bostons and Consolidated B24 Liberators. An attack on a Japanese strong point by artillery. An infantry assault with grenade. The captured Japanese position and the dead defenders. Australian casualties being treated in the combat area and evacuated by New Guinea stretcher bearers. Famous scene of wounded soldier VX132355 Private William Oswald Wallace Johnson 58/59 Australian Infantry Battalion of Trafalgar, VIC, being helped across a stream and led along a muddy track by VX89711 Sergeant Gordon Raymond Charles Ayre MM 58/59 Australian Infantry Battalion of Shepparton, VIC. (See also F01866 for original Department of Information footage and dope sheet.)