Dowsett’s War, Part 5 – New Guinea

Papua, New Guinea, WWII

Papua, New Guinea, WWII

Additional information on the actions and struggles of the Australian troops in New Guinea.

The Rant Foundry

“Festering swamp and sodden jungle, snakes, crocodiles, myriads of scorpions, centipedes, ants, leeches, typhus bearing mites, malaria; this stone age land of
tropical diseases and appalling climate was the setting for a campaign that would cost the Japanese 100,000 lives. And it was the Japanese who chose to campaign there.”

From New Guinea – The Tide is Stemmed by John Vader.

AWM 014001 1943-01-02. Papua, Giropa Point. Australian manned M3 General Stuart tanks attacking Japanese pillboxes in the final assault on Buna. Men of D Company, 2/12th Battalion, fire on 25 Japanese defenders (not seen), using Bren Mk 1 machine guns and SMLE No. 1 Mk 3 rifles, who are fleeing from a wrecked pillbox 150 metres away. The pillbox was destroyed by the General Stuart tank also seen here. In the foreground in the heat of battle are Private J. Searle and Corporal G. G. Fletcher. This photograph was taken by…

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Everett Smith served with the Headquarters Company, 187th Regiment, 11th A/B Division during WWII. This site is in tribute to my father, "Smitty." GPCox is a member of the 11th Airborne Association. Member # 4511 and extremely proud of that fact!

Posted on September 29, 2015, in WWII and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 15 Comments.

  1. I was happy to see your blog again. It has been awhile Glad to see ya.

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  2. Excellent piece of history, having been in Papua New Guinea’s highlands in 69, I can attest to the formidable terrain and conditions, those men would have fought under, albeit my time did not entail the horrendous conditions those men were under.
    Great post.

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  3. Telling quotation – and to think Roy Dowsett was one of many

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  4. This was another place my grandfather fought. I can’t even begin to imagine. Nowadays, if you see three mosquitoes in the yard, most of us are done for the night. Thank you for reposting.

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  5. Absolutely terrible conditions to fight in. If being at war against the Japanese wasn’t bad enough, they had to combat nature too. Worthy indeed.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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