My interview with Eddy Boas survivor of Bergen Belsen and author of I am not a victim, I am a survivor.
The Japanese Imperial Armed forces did claim they were honorable and conducted themselves in the way of the Bushido. In reality there was very little honour in how they conducted themselves, especially when it came to treating prisoners of war. The Bushido code consists of a set of 8 virtues, one of them being Benevolence orContinue reading “The cowardly execution of Sgt.Leonard Siffleet.”
In the beginning Back in nineteen fifty-five Man didn’t know about a rock ‘n’ roll show And all that jive. The above line is the start of the AC/DC classic let there be Rock. The whole song is basically a history lesson in Rock N Roll, brought to us by the one and only BonContinue reading “Bon Scott-Let there be Rock”
The Rum Rebellion of 1808 was the only successful armed takeover of government in Australian history. During the 19th century, it was widely referred to as the Great Rebellion. The Governor of New South Wales, William Bligh, was deposed by the New South Wales Corps under the command of Major George Johnston, working closely with John Macarthur, on 26 January 1808, 20 years to the dayContinue reading “Rum Rebellion-Happy Australia Day”
During the war in Papua New Guinea, the local population who were sympathetic to the Australian troops would assist where they could. Notably they would help in transporting stores and equipment over the rough terrain. Teams carried seriously wounded and sick Australian soldiers all the way back to their bases. Their compassion and care ofContinue reading “The Fuzzy Wuzzy angels-Forgotten Heroes.”
Oskar Speck (1907–1995) was a German canoeist who paddled by folding kayak from Germany to Australia over the period 1932-1939. A Hamburg electrical contractor made unemployed during the Weimar-period Depression, he left Germany to seek work in the Cypriot copper mines, departing from Ulm and travelling south via the Danube. En route, he changed plan and decidedContinue reading “The unfortunate and yet fortunate adventure of Oskar Speck”
The Cowra breakout occurred on 5 August 1944, when at least 1,104 Japanese prisoners of war attempted to escape from a prisoner of war camp near Cowra, in New South Wales, Australia. It was the largest prison escape of World War II, as well as one of the bloodiest. During the ensuing manhunt, 4Continue reading “Cowra breakout”