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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TUCKWELL, Albert Frederick

Service number S56527
Headquarters / Administrative / LoC / Training units and detachments
Australian Army
Born 8 Oct 1924

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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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MCKAY, Robert Hugh

Service number SX15805
2nd/7th Independent Company
2nd AIF WW 2
Born 25 Apr 1909

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HOOD, John Louden

Service number VX60097
Lance Corporal
39th Infantry Battalion AMF
Citizen Military Forces (CMF) / Militia - WW2
Born 12 Jul 1918

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LYNAS, William James Dalton

Service number WX11027
Troops HQ (2/AIF Voyage Only)
2nd AIF WW 2
Born 20 Dec 1886

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SINCLAIR, Ivan Alfred David

Service number NX53074
2nd/10th Field Ambulance
2nd AIF WW 2
Born 20 Sep 1907

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ADAMS, Thomas George

Service number SX1812
2nd/10th Infantry Battalion
2nd AIF WW 2
Born 30 Apr 1919

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GRANEY, Patrick Charles

Service number SX8686
2nd/43rd Infantry Battalion
2nd AIF WW 2
Born 25 Dec 1917