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.



More to follow........



Showing 8 people of interest from campaign

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PEARCE, George

Service number SX9706
2nd/43rd Infantry Battalion
Australian Military Forces (Army WW2)
Born 5 Feb 1918

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AGETT, Walter Kevin

Service number SX27482
2nd/27th Infantry Battalion
Australian Military Forces (Army WW2)
Born 6 Mar 1921

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MIELS, Bruce

Service number 442430
Warrant Officer
No. 457 Squadron (RAAF)
Royal Australian Air Force
Born 18 Jan 1921

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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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RULE, Victor Charles

Service number N339276
12th (NSW) Battalion VDC
Australian Military Forces (Army WW2)
Born 30 Dec 1923

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JOHNS, Roy James

Service number SX8212
2nd/48th Infantry Battalion
Australian Military Forces (Army WW2)
Born 24 Nov 1919

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WYTHE, Raymond John

Service number SX19740
58th/59th Infantry Battalion AMF
Australian Military Forces (Army WW2)
Born 9 May 1925

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BERESFORD, Richard De La Poer

Service number 141925
Flying Officer
Aircraft / Repair / Salvage Depots
Royal Australian Air Force
Born 31 Jul 1922