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by Tracker39
Sat Dec 15, 2012 5:35 pm
Forum: The Kokoda Track Room
Topic: Ocean Island Defence Force 1939-42 ?
Replies: 4
Views: 1553

Re: Ocean Island Defence Force 1939-42 ?

A spelling correction to my post above. "Resident Commission" should be "Resident Commissioner". I have not been able to locate any records that the Ocean Island Defence Force opposed the Japanese occupation of Ocean Island on 26 August 1942 or were engaged in hostilities anywhere in the in the Gilb...
by Tracker39
Sat Dec 15, 2012 11:51 am
Forum: The Kokoda Track Room
Topic: Ocean Island Defence Force 1939-42 ?
Replies: 4
Views: 1553

Re: Ocean Island Defence Force 1939-42 ?

It would appear that the Ocean Island Defence Force was a local part-time volunteer force. The following information has been extracted from National Archives of Australia file A5954 572/4. This file deals with defence of the phosphate trade with Nauru and Ocean Island 1939-42. A report by the Austr...
by Tracker39
Thu Dec 13, 2012 9:59 pm
Forum: The Kokoda Track Room
Topic: Garrisons on Nauru,Ocean island, Gilbert and Ellice islands?
Replies: 9
Views: 3936

Re: Garrisons on Nauru,Ocean island, Gilbert and Ellice isla

The following may be of interest. In the first week of December 1940 German surface raiders ORION and KOMET accompanied by the supply ship KULMERLAND sank five Allied ships engaged in the phosphate trade off Nauru. KOMET returned to Nauru on 27 December 1940 and shelled the phosphate loading facilii...
by Tracker39
Sun Nov 08, 2009 1:36 pm
Forum: The Kokoda Track Room
Topic: Burma Campaign
Replies: 9
Views: 2190

Re: Burma Campaign

zod56 I am a little mystified at your statement above: "The Japanese did not have any ATR or ATG in Burma." I have read a number of accounts of the Burma campaign in which the Japanese use of anti-tank guns are reported. As an example, the following extract is from a history of the British 7th Armou...
by Tracker39
Sun Nov 08, 2009 12:52 pm
Forum: The Kokoda Track Room
Topic: Burma Campaign
Replies: 9
Views: 2190

Re: Burma Campaign

redleg I offer the following comments on your ob for a Chindit Column. There were differences in the Column organization between the 1943 and 1944 Chindit expeditions. 1943 Expedition The 1943 expedition - Operation LONGCLOTH - consisted of some 3,000 personnel based on the 77th Indian Infantry Brig...
by Tracker39
Tue Jun 30, 2009 10:52 am
Forum: The Kokoda Track Room
Topic: Nissen Huts
Replies: 8
Views: 1388

Re: Nissen Huts

Dropbear Plenty of historical examples of the RAAF and US air squadrons sharing the same forward operational airfields in the SWPA. Some examples that come readily to mind are: Torokina (Bougainville), Nadzab (Lae), Tadji (Aitape), Momote (Los Negos - Manus), Morotai (Halmaheras). At Torokina on the...
by Tracker39
Sun Jun 28, 2009 9:49 pm
Forum: The Kokoda Track Room
Topic: Nissen Huts
Replies: 8
Views: 1388

Re: Nissen Huts

I spent a rather bleak (weatherwise) afternoon looking at hundreds of photos on the Australian War Memorial's Collections site of Australian base areas in the SWPA in World War II. Locations checked were Torokina (Bougainville), Jacquinot Bay (New Britain), Aitape, Wewak (New Guinea) and Tarakan Isl...
by Tracker39
Sat Jun 27, 2009 7:12 pm
Forum: The Kokoda Track Room
Topic: WWII Information Links
Replies: 7
Views: 4690

Re: WWII Information Links

The Combined Arms Research Library of the US Army's Command and General Staff College has a number of Military Intelligence Division reports produced during World War II at the following site: http://www-cgsc.army.mil/carl/wwIIspec/index.asp Dropbear should find the following reports useful for his ...
by Tracker39
Mon Dec 29, 2008 8:16 pm
Forum: The WartimeMiniatures Group Build Room
Topic: "short" 25 lb gun - 20mm scale
Replies: 76
Views: 23227

Re: "short" 25 lb gun - 20mm scale

I would take 4 guns.
by Tracker39
Mon Dec 29, 2008 8:08 pm
Forum: The WartimeMiniatures Group Build Room
Topic: Papuan and New Guinean Infantry Battalion (20mm)
Replies: 19
Views: 5527

Re: Papuan and New Guinean Infantry Battalion (20mm)

I would commit to 20 - 30 depending on variety of figures.

The technical name for the "skirt" is "lap-lap".
by Tracker39
Mon Dec 29, 2008 7:22 pm
Forum: Tavern Foyer
Topic: Introduction
Replies: 7
Views: 654

Introduction

As a new recruit I thought I would introduce myself. I am a 70 year young retired Infantryman living in Canberra - 34 years with the Colours. My main interests are military history, modelling, painting miniatures and war gaming. If knocking over toy soldiers with marbles counts as war gaming, I have...