Enlistment/Embarkation WW2 (World War 2, 3 September 1939 to 2 September 1945)

About This Campaign

World War 2 did not break out unheralded.  The resurgence of Germany under Hitler had begun in earnest in 1933, and then in rapid succession its territorial ambitions in Alsace-Lorraine (French border) "Sudetenland" in Czechoslovakia and the Munich Crisis became precursors to the invasion of Poland which was the trigger for the British declaration of War,  followed immediately by Australia and the rest of the Commonwealth, bringing them into global conflict for the second time in just 25 years.

Australia, and the rest of the Western World, was not well prepared for War.  Its military forces had been run down and everyone seemed to have hoped if not believed that war might be averted.

WIth war in Europe declared, attention was turned to raising the forces required. Some had a weather eye on Japan, an Ally in the First World War, but now it had been engaged in an imperialist conflict of its creation in Manchurai and China since 1936, and had entered into an Alliance with Germany and Italy, becoming the so-called  Axis Powers.

It was going to be a long hard war.



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WELCH, Robert Howard

Service number 484
2nd Light Horse Brigade Field Ambulance
Born 1885

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MEDLAND, Harold Edward John

Service number SX16040
2nd/7th Independent Company
2nd AIF WW 2
Born 22 Aug 1920

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JOHNS, Roy James

Service number SX8212
2nd/48th Infantry Battalion
2nd AIF WW 2
Born 24 Nov 1919

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SMITH, Ivan Lockhart

Service number VX44388
1st Australian Parachute Battalion
2nd AIF WW 2
Born 2 May 1915

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Service number 409851
Flight Sergeant
No. 458 Squadron (RAAF)
Royal Australian Air Force
Born 3 Apr 1922

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FARMER, Donald Craig

Service number 416251
Flight Sergeant
No. 1 Squadron (RAAF)
Royal Australian Air Force
Born 3 Sep 1922

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CALDWELL, Murray Ross

Service number SX24011
13th Field Regiment
Citizen Military Forces (CMF) / Militia - WW2
Born 22 Feb 1918

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SCHMITT, William Hurtle

Service number SX9929
2nd/3rd Machine Gun Battalion
2nd AIF WW 2
Born 30 Apr 1918