Hidden Battlefields – New Guinea

New Guinea 10/24/44

New Guinea ’44

With Smitty’s letters coming close to New Guinea, this wonderful poem seemed to correspond.

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I recently came across the following poem in Jungle Warfare – With The Australian Army In The South Pacific (1944) and as I read, its verses struck me as not only timeless, but also somehow relevant to our world today. In it, the author ponders the overgrown state of the tropical jungles he has encountered, and as he observes the shattered palm battlefields he sees the ghosts of those who fought there, and feels the weight of their sacrifice and the obligation it carries – to never again be repeated. His poetry delves into the simple and often primal feelings that drive ordinary men and women feel to serve their countries in times of war, yet yearns for a world where such sacrifice is not necessary.

It was penned during 1944 in New Guinea by Maurice Lindsay Bull, a Victorian soldier with the Australian Army.

Hidden Battlefields – New Guinea

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About GP Cox

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 October 1, 2016, in Uncategorized, WWII and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 21 Comments.

  1. This poem touch me diep in my he

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  2. A very very thought provoking poem gp, thanks for posting, they are timeless words and makes me ponder on what I will see when I get around to seeing Vietnam for the second time.
    Cheers

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  3. The poem brought tears to my eyes. I cannot understand why our politicians seem determined to throw away what these men gave their lives to protect.

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    • Isn’t THAT the truth. I believe some of that is the problem that our politicians never bothered to serve themselves – they don’t have a clue, but treat our military as pawns in some obnoxious game.

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  4. Powerful writing, I do think your ‘Hidden Battlefields’ heading is most appropriate for these theatres that have tended to have been thrust into the background by other engagements.

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  5. A very beautiful poem that speaks volumes. Thank you for reblogging that!

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  6. The poem is SO poignant and powerful…and reading it brought streams of tears.
    I long for a world where we do not need soldiers, but since that will never be…there are not enough words to express how VERY grateful I am for those who have served, and those who serve today.
    Thank you for sharing it with us, GP.
    HUGS and Have a happy whee-kend! 🙂

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  7. Come to think of it … You are very good at writing poems youreself! 🙂

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  8. Thank you so much for reblogging and making us familiar with this wonderful poem, dear GP Cox.
    Hope you are doing fine, have a wonderful weekend,
    Dina & co x

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  9. Wünsche dir lieber Freund ein schönes Weekend und alles Liebe von mir Gislinde

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