Jack Humphries Stevens, as a Private, 55/53rd Battalion, interviewed by Daniel Connell for the Keith Murdoch Sound Archives of Australia in the War of 1939-45

Accession Number S00580
Collection type Sound
Measurement 2 hr 57 min
Object type Oral history
Physical description audio cassette; TDK D60; two track mono
Maker Stevens, Jack Humphries
Place made Australia: New South Wales, Sydney, Alexandria
Date made 18 April 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

Discussing pre-war employment; call-up for 55th Battalion; army training at Greta Camp; tensions between AIF and Militia recruits; embarkation for Port Moresby; description of bombing of the Macdhui; casualties; Kokoda Trail campaign; lack of training; casualties in the 2/3rd and 55/53rd Battalions at Sanananda; futility of some exercises; contact with American servicemen; the Ey Rifle; health; medical evacuation to Port Moresby; rejoining battalion at Bougainville and description of Torokina Base; transfer of battalion to Rabaul; Japanese prisoners of war; demobilisation; war service.