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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Names

Showing 8 people of interest from campaign

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SINCLAIR, Ivan Alfred David

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

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DALLING, Charles Edwin Kevin

Service number SX12007
Private
2nd/27th Infantry Battalion
2nd AIF WW 2
Born 23 Feb 1920

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PEARCE, Harold

Service number SX2139
Private
2nd/48th Infantry Battalion
2nd AIF WW 2
Born 23 Jan 1920

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MACDONALD, George Gordon

Service number SX3238
Lieutenant
2nd/27th Infantry Battalion
2nd AIF WW 2
Born 8 Apr 1919

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HELE, Ivor Henry Thomas

Service number SX700092
Major
Australian Ancillary Unit Korea
Australian Army
Born 13 Jun 1912

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PENNIFOLD, Alfred James

Service number 3549
Captain
25th/33rd Garrison Battalion
Citizen Military Forces (CMF) / Militia - WW2
Born 14 Jun 1887

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WHALLEY, James Michael

Service number QX14323
Gunner
2nd/10th Field Regiment
2nd AIF WW 2
Born 19 Apr 1912

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GOED, George Kemp

Service number SX4301
Corporal
2nd/27th Infantry Battalion
2nd AIF WW 2
Born 2 Jan 1919