(V65593) Boland, Jack Wallis (Private), 39th Battalion, interviewed by Harry Martin for the Keith Murdoch Sound Archive of Australia in the War of 1939-45


Discusses prewar employment; religion; education; politics; joined militia; at age twenty one conscripted to 39th Battalion in Melbourne; transported by train to Sydney; embarkation on SS Aquitania; arrival in Port Moresby; march to Seven Mile Drome; training; officers; shortage of food; relations with natives; bromide; promoted to corporal; moving up the track; first encounter with Japanese; morale; Australian American relations; insubordination; health; food and equipment supplies; discipline; demobilisation; air raids; terrain; tactics; combat conditions; unit solidarity; casualties; Japanese Army; AIF Militia relations. Mentions Melbourne, Bacchus March, VIC; Townsville, QLD; Sydney, NSW; Port Moresby, Seven Mile, Kokoda Track, Sanananda, Uberi, Deniki, Pirivi, Eora Creek, Gona, Haddies village, Isurava, Popondetta, Huggin's Perimeter, Papua New Guinea; Damien Parer; Brigadier Selwyn Porter; General Sir Thomas Blamey.