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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Showing 8 people of interest from campaign

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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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LAWSON, Kenneth Francis

Service number VX43808
2nd/21st Infantry Battalion
2nd AIF WW 2
Born 12 Sep 1911

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BLACKBURN, Arthur Seaforth

Service number SX6962
Java Task Force
2nd AIF WW 2
Born 25 Nov 1892

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LINTON, Reuben Charles Henry

Service number SX20274
2nd/7th Independent Company
2nd AIF WW 2
Born 30 Aug 1916

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KINGSBURY, Bruce Steel

Service number VX19139
2nd/14th Infantry Battalion
2nd AIF WW 2
Born 29 May 1918

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PARKER, Arthur

Service number N108252
Lance Bombardier
New Guinea Area (Lark Force)
2nd AIF WW 2
Born 30 Mar 1923

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PENNIFOLD, Alfred James

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

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WHITTICK, Harry James

Service number 8018
Flying Officer
RAF Station (Tempsford)
Royal Australian Air Force
Born 17 May 1920