Harvey Haig Blundell, Signaller 55/53rd Battalion, interviewed by Daniel Connell for the Keith Murdoch Sound Archives of Australia in the War of 1939-45

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Accession Number S00576
Collection type Sound
Measurement 1 hr 2 min
Object type Oral history
Physical description audio cassette; TDK AD60; two track mono
Maker Blundell, Harvey Haig
Place made Australia: New South Wales, Sydney, Carramar
Date made 26 May 1989
Access Open
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945
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

Discussing call up notice for 53rd Battalion; army training at Ingleburn Camp; selection as signaller; embarkation for New Guinea on the Aquitania; arrival at Port Moresby; poor morale of battalion due to inadequate preparations for New Guinea; reaction of battalion members to term "choco"; air raids on Port Moresby and looting of Burns Philp stores; movement of C Company to Koitaki and then to Kokoda Trail; retreat from Kokoda Trail; combining 53rd and 55th Battalions and criticisms of 53rd Battalion; tensions between AIF and Militia; Australian Comforts Fund Services; Sanananda Campaign; medical evacuation to Australia; hospitalisation; rejoins Battalion; casualty rates in Sanananda Campaign; post-war health.