Harold Sydney Charles (Syd) Heylen, as a Private, 39th Battalion and 1st Australian Entertainment Unit, interviewed by Ros Bowden for The Keith Murdoch Sound Archive of Australia in the War of 1939-45

Accession Number S00589
Collection type Sound
Measurement 1 hr 25 min
Object type Oral history
Physical description Cassette
Maker Heylen, Harold Sydney Charles (Syd)
Bowden, Ros
Date made 16 June 1989
Access Open
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945
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Source credit to The Keith Murdoch Sound Archive of Australia in the war of 1939-45

Discussing under age enlistment; training at Dromana; embarkation on the Aquitania for Port Moresby; camp at Tubusereia; lack of training for jungle warfare; contact with Papuan's; Kokoda Campaigns; offer made by Colonel Jim Davidson to join 50-50 army show; mixing with professional entertainers; standards of morality; effect of change from Militia to AIF on 39th Battalion identity; entertainers and army discipline; return to Australia; popular songs.