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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PEARCE, Harold

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

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ADAMS, William James

Service number SX5457
2nd/3rd Machine Gun Battalion
2nd AIF WW 2
Born 27 Aug 1906

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PEARCE, George

Service number SX9706
2nd/43rd Infantry Battalion
2nd AIF WW 2
Born 5 Feb 1918

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WHALLEY, James Michael

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

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

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HOOD, John Louden

Service number VX60097
Lance Corporal
39th Infantry Battalion AMF
Australian Military Forces (AMF) - WW2
Born 12 Jul 1918

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EDWARDS, John Joseph

Service number SX9168
2nd/3rd Machine Gun Battalion
2nd AIF WW 2
Born 31 Dec 1911

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TUCKWELL, Albert Frederick

Service number S56527
Headquarters / Administrative / LoC / Training units and detachments
Australian Army
Born 8 Oct 1924