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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Service number 417817
Flying Officer
No. 57 Squadron (RAF)
Royal Air Force (WW2)
Born 23 Nov 1913

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MCKAY, Robert Hugh

Service number SX15805
2nd/7th Independent Company
Australian Military Forces (Army WW2)
Born 25 Apr 1909

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LEITH, Frank Andrew

Service number VX35607
2nd/5th Field Hygiene Section
Australian Military Forces (Army WW2)
Born 9 Dec 1919

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ADAMS, William James

Service number SX5457
2nd/3rd Machine Gun Battalion
Australian Military Forces (Army WW2)
Born 27 Aug 1906

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LAWSON, Kenneth Francis

Service number VX43808
2nd/21st Infantry Battalion
Australian Military Forces (Army WW2)
Born 12 Sep 1911

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Service number SX1662
2nd/33rd Infantry Battalion
Australian Military Forces (Army WW2)
Born 10 Jul 1918

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KENNY, Daniel Patrick

Service number 442551
Flying Officer
No. 77 Squadron (RAAF)
Royal Australian Air Force
Born 1 Aug 1925

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WHITEHEAD, Horace Leslie Hilton

Service number SX206...
Born 31 May 1913