Wartime Issue 31

Winter 2005

60th Anniversary of the end of the Second World War

  • Reflections by Helen Withnell.  
    The Acting Director of the Australian War Memorial's comment
  • The last raid by John White.  
    Beauforts in the last RAAF action of the war.
  • The ‘lucky’ ship by Robert Nichols.  
    The RAN’s last major action of the war.
  • Soldier of ‘utmost courage’: Diver Derrick by Peter Stanley.  
    Tarakan was one of the final bloody campaigns of the Pacific war.
  • DISCUSSION: The end of the war by Garth Pratten, Tom Lewis and Chris Clark.  
    Eminent historians respond to our questions.
  • DISCUSSION: Dropping the bomb by Gar Alperovitz, Peter Stanley and Teruko Blair.  
    On the 60th anniversary two historians and a Hiroshima survivor reflect on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
  • Winning the peace by Craig Wilcox.  
    How the war changed Australia.
  • Accepting the Japanese surrender by Eric Carpenter.  
    An iconic photograph reveals an Australian commander’s attitudes toward his foe.
  • The humiliation of defeat by Steven Bullard.  
    A Japanese surrender on Bougainville.
  • Ambush at Manggar by Mark Johnston.  
    Grim fighting at Balikpapan in the final days of the war.
  • The birth of a remarkable institution by Peter Londey.  
    The San Francisco UN conference, 1945.
  • Roy and Nancy by Vanessa Seekee.  
    The only wedding in the Torres Strait during the Second World War.
  • Code war by Chris Clark.  
    The story of Central Bureau.
  • The campaign for Crete: May 1941 by Al Palazzo.  
    A brief but vicious battle.
  • Looking back by Carla Marchant.  
    A Canberra artist offers a retrospective interpretation.
  • Traitor or unsung patriot by Steven Bullard.  
    Court martial of an Australian for treachery at the end of the war.
  • Eyewitness: ‘If you didn’t scrounge, you died’  
  • Eddie Gilbert recalls his time in Tan Tui prisoner-of-war camp.
  • Plus regular features, including book reviews, letters and Memorial news.

Cover image of Issue 31

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