Walter 'Wal' Stanley Gudgeon (VX4934) as a Lieutenant, the 2/8th Battalion, 1940-1943, interviewed by Harry Martin for The Keith Murdoch Sound Archive of Australia in the War of 1939-1945

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Accession Number S01048
Collection type Sound
Measurement 4 hr 8 min
Object type Oral history
Physical description audio cassette; TDK AR60; mono
Maker Gudgeon, Walter Stanley (Wal)
Martin, Harry
Date made 30 May 1991 and 3 June 1991
Access Open
Conflict Period 1910-1919
Period 1930-1939
Second World War, 1939-1945
Period 1920-1929
First World War, 1914-1918
Period 1900-1909
Period 1940-1949
Copyright Item copyright: © Australian War Memorial
Creative Commons License This item is licensed under CC BY-NC
Copying Provisions Copy provided for personal non-commercial use
Source credit to The Keith Murdoch Sound Archive of Australia in the war of 1939-45
Description

Born in England 1904, one of seven children, early working life in England, travels to Australia on Orsova on 10 pound assisted passage, being a child in England during the First World War, joins CMF transfers to AIF as WO1 quartermaster, serves in Middle East, Egypt, Libya, Greece, Crete. Describes German paratroop landings on Crete. Troops didn't regard German soldiers as superior. Australians had great self esteem but were let down by lack of equipment and supplies. Evacuation of surviving forces to Egypt. Recuperates, doesn't rejoin 2/8th but serves in depot stores. Returns to Australia in 1943 on HMT Redula, terrible conditions on board.

History / Summary

Born in England 1904, one of seven children, early working life in England, travels to Australia on Orsova on 10 pound assisted passage, joins CMF transfers to AIF as WO1 quartermaster, serves in Middle East, Egypt, Libya, Greece, Crete. Describes German paratroop landings on Crete. Troops didn't regard German soldiers as superior. Australians had great self esteem but were let down by lack of equipment and supplies. Evacuation of surviving forces to Egypt. Recuperates, doesn't rejoin 2/8th but serves in depot stores. Returns to Australia in 1943 on HMT Redula, terrible conditions on board.

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