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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LAWSON, Kenneth Francis

Service number VX43808
2nd/21st Infantry Battalion
Australian Military Forces (Army WW2)
Born 12 Sep 1911

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GIDDINGS, Bryan Wilba

Service number 416949
Pilot Officer
No. 97 Squadron (RAF)
Royal Air Force (WW2)
Born 19 Mar 1915

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KINGSBURY, Bruce Steel

Service number VX19139
2nd/14th Infantry Battalion
Australian Military Forces (Army WW2)
Born 29 May 1918

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PARKER, Arthur

Service number N108252
Lance Bombardier
Lark Force- New Britain
2nd AIF WW 2
Born 30 Mar 1923

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WYTHE, Raymond John

Service number SX19740
58th/59th Infantry Battalion AMF
Citizen Military Forces (CMF) / Militia - WW2
Born 9 May 1925

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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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CLARKE, Hugh Vincent

Service number QX17307
2nd/10th Field Regiment
Australian Military Forces (Army WW2)
Born 1 Jul 1919

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BALDWIN, Raymond Gordon Wilson

Service number SX2905
2nd/27th Infantry Battalion
Australian Military Forces (Army WW2)
Born 2 Oct 1921