|Object type||Black & white - Print silver gelatin|
|Place made||Pacific Islands: New Caledonia, Noumea, Ouen Toro|
|Date made||c May 1941|
Second World War, 1939-1945
Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain
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An informal portrait of three members of Robin Force beside one the two six inch heavy coastal ...
An informal portrait of three members of Robin Force beside one the two six inch heavy coastal artillery guns in a battery recently completed at Ouen Toro, a position overlooking Noumea. Lieutenant Robert Gabriel NX19753 Greene is central looking directly at the camera behind Lieutenant Greene is an unidentified soldier. NX65838 (N79665) Thomas Paul (Paul) Kneen, Runner and Batman to NX71033 Captain (Capt) Charles Harris Arnell Carty-Salmon, Royal Australian Artillery (RAA), sits astride the barrel of one of the two guns that were part of the reinforcements sent by the Australian War Cabinet to bolster the Free French forces defending New Caledonia. Robin Force consisted mainly of the 3rd Independent (Commando) Company, but also included an artillery component commanded by Capt Carty-Salmon, Royal Australian Artillery (RAA). The gunners and supporting engineers arrived at Noumea on 21 July 1941 and commenced work on the two gun positions. Capt Carty-Salmon's team quickly constructed the gun emplacements, assembled the guns with support from local labour and trained the Free French Militia in their use.