Jack Lawrence (Smoky) Howson as a private 39th Battalion, New Guinea, 1942-1945, interviewed by Harry Martin for the Keith Murdoch Sound Archive of Australia in the War of 1939-45.

Unit 39th Australian Infantry Battalion
Accession Number S00501
Collection type Sound
Measurement 2 hr 32 min
Object type Oral history
Physical description audio cassette; BASF Ferro Super I 60; mono
Maker Howson, Jack Lawrence (Smokey)
Martin, Harry
Place made Australia: Victoria, Melbourne, Caulfield
Date made 5 November 1988
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

Discusses prewar education; religion; economic depression, class differences, prewar employment, conscription; enlistment; army training; embarkation; authority; Australia; 39th Battalion; casualties; health; food and equipment supplies; humour; AIF/Militia relations; postwar employment; demobilisation; homecoming; troopship SS Aquitania; unit solidarity; battle tactics; combat conditions; conflict with officers; Salvation Army; Australian American relations, relation to authority; field ambulance duties. Mentions Buna, Uberi, Deniki, Kokoda, Oivi, Isurava, Hombrom Bluff, Golden Stairs, Seven Mile, Port Moresby, Wewak, Papua New Guinea; Bill Merritt, H. N. Sorenson.