Francis (Frank) Herbertson, Captain 2/2nd Machine Gun Battalion, interviewed by Edward Stokes for The Keith Murdoch Sound Archive of Australia in the War of 1939-45

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Accession Number S00588
Collection type Sound
Measurement 2 hr 16 min
Object type Oral history
Physical description audio cassette; TDK D60; mono
Maker Herbertson, Francis (Frank)
Date made May 1989
Access Open
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945
Copyright

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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 pre-war employment; Anzac tradition; enlistment; training at Redbank, Qld; Vickers machine gun; embarkation on the Aquitania for Middle East; arrival in Palestine at Khassa Camp; reputation of Australian troops as "20,000 thieves"; action at Trig 33; the cutting and El Alamein; withdrawal from Middle East and return to Kairi Camp, Qld; adaption to tropical climate and jungle warfare for machine gunners; New Guinea campaigns especially invasion of Red Beach at Lae; Finschhafen; Sio; returning to Australia; post-war employment.

History / Summary

Discussing pre-war employment; Anzac tradition; enlistment; training at Redbank, Qld; Vickers machine gun; embarkation on the Aquitania for Middle East; arrival in Palestine at Khassa Camp; reputation of Australian troops as "20,000 thieves"; action at Trig 33; the cutting and El Alamein; withdrawal from Middle East and return to Kairi Camp, Qld; adaption to tropical climate and jungle warfare for machine gunners; New Guinea campaigns especially invasion of Red Beach at Lae; Finschhafen; Sio; returning to Australia; post-war employment.

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