Wartime Issue 21

Summer 2003

PAPUA: 60th Anniversary Reflections

  • Reflections by Steve Gower.  
    The Director of the Australian War Memorial's comment
  • The ‘other man by Anthony Staunton.  
    Mystery surrounds the award of two Victoria Crosses during the First World War.
  • Reflections on bloody Papua battle compiled by Ian Hodges and Daniel Oakman.  
    Photo-essay on the 60th anniversary of the crucial Buna, Gona and Sanananda campaigns.
  • Missionary victims in Papua by Tony Matthews.  
    The brutal death of two women missionaries in 1942.
  • Australia’s Boer War by Craig Wilcox.  
    Extracts from an important new book: On the veld; and The killing of Jan Dolley.
  • The birth of regiments: Sudan 1885 by Ken Wright.  
    Colonial allegiance to the empire led to the first contingent of soldiers leaving Australian shores to defend British interests.
  • The battle of Magdhaba by Ian Hodges.  
    A courageous ANZAC mounted unit won a decisive battle and signalled the end of desert fighting.
  • Images from the war against terrorism by Claire Baddeley.  
    Official artist Peter Churcher’s compelling on-the-spot images make an outstanding contribution to the Memorial’s collection.
  • Death due to friendly fire by Ashley Ekins.  
    The life and death of WO2 Jack Kirby.
  • Minelaying in Cats by David Vincent.  
    Ungainly Catalina flying boats and amphibians that were widely used during the Second World War served Australia well.
  • Cats on the Swan by Brad Manera.  
  • Dear Miss Chomley by Nola Anderson.  
    Two First World War prisoner-of-war stories.
  • Bismarck Sea by Robert Nichols.  
    US and Australian air power destroys an entire convoy.
  • To the bitter end by Damien Fenton.  
    HMAS Australia’s introduction to combat – against the French in 1940.
  • ‘Our little Imbros cottage’ by Peter Stanley.  
    Charles Bean’s cottage on the island of Imbros still survives.
  • Eyewitness: Sergeant D. R. Baker            
    A digger’s letter describing the landing at ANZAC Cove.
  • Murder at Sutton Veny by Peter Burness.  
    An Australian executed for murder during the First World War.
  • Despatches       
    Newsletter of the australian War Memorial ANZAC Foundation
  • Plus regular features, including book reviews, letters and Memorial news.

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