Dowsett’s War, Part 5 – New Guinea
Additional information on the actions and struggles of the Australian troops in New Guinea.
“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.
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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