Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Kokoda Track: Post Scripts One and Two

Battlefield Discovered
Slamdunk sent me a link to the latest information on the Kokoda Track, the jungle-and-mountain road where the New Guinea Campaign took place in World War II. In my first post, I indicated that many Australians make pilgirmage to New Guinea to honor the sacrifice of those veterans, those that died and those that lived afterward with malaria and the knowledge of great privation and suffering.

Former Army Captain Brian Freeman was looking for a hospital site in the jungle, sixty years later--and found more than he expected--the remains of a huge battle at Eora Creek. The pictures are great and the article very interesting. I think it adds to the visualization of the terrain as well.

My first post is here: The Kokoda Track, part I
My second post is here: The Kokoda Track, part II
My third post is here, about the 93rd Engineers: How to Build a Landing Strip in a New Guinea Swamp

Better Photographs and Interesting Artifacts
Some time ago, I received a very nice letter from a representative of the Australian War Memorial. All the pictures I used can be perused in full size at the Australian War Memorial site.  In addition, they have battalion diaries on-line in facsimile and other artifacts to view to your heart's content. It's truly a wonderful site to explore.

Thank you, Slamdunk!
And thanks to Ms. H for telling me about the wonderful Memorial site!

6 comments:

RD said...

WoW. That is amazing. What a great follow up post!

Ann T. said...

Dear RD,
Thank you! I think it is fascinating. I am sure the war historians of both Australia and Japan want to recover as much as possible, and the people of Japan are anxious to recover their lost ones.

I would love to be there!
Ann T.

the observer said...

Ann T:
It's funny, I looked at some D Day photos yesterday. All those bullets, mortars, vehicles, etc. etc. Are they still digging stuff up from the war in France?

Great f/u here.

The Observer

Ann T. said...

Dear The Observer,
I think they are interested in the New Guinea find partly to restore these dead soldiers to the care of Japan's government and people. And to learn more about the conduct of battle for military historians in Australia and elsewhere.

I must admit I don't know about France, and last of all,

I'm laughing. What is the great f/u here????

LOL, please explain if you can, because I think I need to fix something,
Ann T.

the observer said...

Ann T:
I didn't mean to confuse you there. I lapsed into medical chart-ese there. f/u = "follow up"--a phrase we use a lot in the ER, as in: "Plan: f/u c primary physician; return to ER for further problems."

I wish I had $1 for each time I said or wrote that phrase--I could retire much more comfortably!

The Observer

Ann T. said...

Dear The Observer,
I am either hugely relieved or hugely disappointed that you retained your character. ROFLMAO!!

Follow up is good! Thank you, I understand everything now.

Laughing again,
Ann T.