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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PARKER, Arthur

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

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HELE, Ivor Henry Thomas

Service number SX7174
Australian Ancillary Unit Korea
Australian Army
Born 13 Jun 1912

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CASSON, Florence Rebecca

Service number SFX13418
2nd/13th Australian General Hospital
2nd AIF WW 2
Born 6 Mar 1903

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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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WHITEHEAD, Horace Leslie Hilton

Service number SX206...
Born 31 May 1913

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SCHMITT, William Hurtle

Service number SX9929
2nd/3rd Machine Gun Battalion
2nd AIF WW 2
Born 30 Apr 1918

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ROUSE, Maxwell Hainsworth

Service number SX9707
8th Division Salvage Unit
2nd AIF WW 2
Born 2 Jan 1913

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HEWITSON, Clarence Mervyn

Service number SX7511
2nd/43rd Infantry Battalion
2nd AIF WW 2
Born 18 May 1914