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ID number S00501
Title 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.
Collection Sound
Object type Oral history
Place made Australia: Victoria, Melbourne, Caulfield
Date made 5 November 1988
Physical description audio cassette; BASF Ferro Super I 60; mono
Credit line The Keith Murdoch Sound Archive of Australia in the war of 1939-45 Sound   
Note Open
Copying provision Copy provided for personal non-commercial use


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.


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