"Black, White and Yellow"

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Accession Number MSS0704
Collection type Manuscript
Measurement 1 wallet: 1 cm
Object type Manuscript
Maker Selby, David Mayer
Place made Australia
Date made 1942
Access Open
Related File This file can be copied or viewed via the Memorial’s Reading Room. AWM93 50/2/23/235
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945
Copying Provisions Copying is permitted for the purposes of research and study, subject to physical condition
Description

Collection relating to the service of Major David Mayer Selby, 1 Australian Anti-Aircraft Regiment. Collection consists of a 170 page, typed, carbon bound manuscript titled "Black, White and Yellow" by David Mayer Selby. The manuscript is a personal account of the fall of Rabaul and subsequent events. Selby was commander of 1 Australian Anti-Aircraft Regiment which was composed of 54 officers and men, mostly under the age of 19, and only two old-fashioned 3-inch guns. The manuscript covers training in New Britain, Japanese air raids and ground invasion of Rabaul, and the retreat into the mountains. Topics described include massacres (Tol), shortage of food, medical supplies, weapons, attitudes of natives and missionaries, and eventual rescue. This manuscript was published in 1955 as "Hell and High Fever".