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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SMITH, Ivan Lockhart

Service number VX44388
Major
1st Australian Parachute Battalion
2nd AIF WW 2
Born 2 May 1915

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WYTHE, Raymond John

Service number SX19740
Private
58th/59th Infantry Battalion AMF
Citizen Military Forces (CMF) / Militia - WW2
Born 9 May 1925

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LAWSON, Kenneth Francis

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

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KENNY, Daniel Patrick

Service number 442551
Flying Officer
Born 1 Aug 1925

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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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WEHL, Frederick George

Service number 16680
Gunner
2nd/10th Field Regiment
2nd AIF WW 2
Born 27 Feb 1906

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LEITH, Frank Andrew

Service number VX35607
Private
2nd/5th Field Hygiene Section
2nd AIF WW 2
Born 9 Dec 1919