Frederick R From as the sergeant Platoon Sergeant Anti-tank Platoon 3rd Battalion The Royal Australian Regiment (3 RAR), Korea 1950-1951, interviewed by Bill Fogarty

Accession Number S02649
Collection type Sound
Measurement 1 hr 9 min
Object type Oral history
Physical description 1/4 inch sound tape reel; BASF SM 468; 15/16 ips/2.4 cm.s; two track mono; 10 inch NAB
Maker From, Frederick Rennie
Fogarty, William 'Bill' Lawrance
Australian War Memorial
Preston, Lenny
Date made 15 May 2002
Access Open
Conflict Korea, 1950-1953
Copyright Item copyright: © Australian War Memorial
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Description

Frederick From speaks about his early childhood and education: enlisting in the AIF in the Second World War; training in Egypt; sailing for Cyprus and pleasant experiences there; sailing for Haifa; experiences en route to Aleppo [Halab, Syria]; fighting in New Guinea on the Sanananda Track; transferring to the RAAF and being commissioned as an air gunner; enlisting in the Army for service in Korea; the composition of an antitank platoon and its equipment; his first firing of the anti-tank gun; method of employment of an anti-tank platoon in support of infantry; a withdrawal when supporting the battle of Broken Bridge; talk of senior officers; operations around Taedong; rescuing a truck full of mortar bombs; a discussion of personal clothing and small-arms; the advantages of going without socks; interruptions to preparations for ANZAC Day 1951; a Chinese sniper attacks; re-equipping with abandoned US equipment during withdrawal; destroying a pill-box with the anti-tank gun; a probable Chinese spy; being wounded and evacuated; his views on American hospitals; an enjoyable convalescence in Japan; his return to Australia and the end of his Army service.