(NX208095 / NX66265) Otton, Edward Douglas 'Slim' (Corporal)

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Accession Number S00596
Collection type Sound
Measurement 2 hr 5 min
Object type Oral history
Physical description audio cassette; TDK AD60; mono
Maker Otton, Edward Douglas 'Slim'
Date made 31 May 1989
Access Open
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945
Copyright

Item copyright: Status to be assessed

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

Edward Douglas "Slim" Otton, Corporal 1st Independent Company and Coastwatcher, interviewed by Daniel Connell for The Keith Murdoch Sound Archive of Australia in the War of 1939-45

Discussing enlistment in the army; selection for the Engineers; army training and appointment to 1st Independent Company to be trained as commando; psychological preparation for commando role; embarkation for Kavieng, New Ireland; distribution of commando forces in Melanesia; contact with forward columns of Japanese Army; loyalty of the Papuan New Guinean population to the Australian forces; establishment of Coastwatching Stations; escape from Japanese at Buin; health; establishment of station at Buin at commencement of Battle of the Coral Sea; coastwatching duties; language skills required for local dialects; other team members; supplies; morale; evacuation back to Australia; joining Victory Contingent in London; awarding of American Silver Star; inadequacy of recognition for coastwatching duties; training at Tabragalba Camp for "M" Special Unit of the Allied Intelligence Bureau.

History / Summary

Discussing enlistment in the army; selection for the Engineers; army training and appointment to 1st Independent Company to be trained as commando; psychological preparation for commando role; embarkation for Kavieng, New Ireland; distribution of commando forces in Melanesia; contact with forward columns of Japanese Army; loyalty of the Papuan New Guinean population to the Australian forces; establishment of Coastwatching Stations; escape from Japanese at Buin; health; establishment of station at Buin at commencement of Battle of the Coral Sea; coastwatching duties; language skills required for local dialects; other team members; supplies; morale; evacuation back to Australia; joining Victory Contingent in London; awarding of American Silver Star; inadequacy of recognition for coastwatching duties; training at Tabragalba Camp for "M" Special Unit of the Allied Intelligence Bureau.