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Comments26/02/2017 #15 Anonymous#14 Ken, I'm inclined to agree on your lessons learned answer. I have followed Uncle Jim's story through official histories. "22 Battalion" by Jim Henderson covers his end on page 155
http://nzetc.victoria.ac.nz/tm/scholarly/tei-WH2-22Ba-c5.html#name-011013-mention View more#14 Ken, I'm inclined to agree on your lessons learned answer. I have followed Uncle Jim's story through official histories. "22 Battalion" by Jim Henderson covers his end on page 155
"Anti-tank mines which had been placed about 5 Brigade's defences were supposed to be lifted for the retreat (Brigadier Kippenberger writes: ‘I gave special, and I thought clear, orders for lifting our minefield’;13 this was not 22 Battalion's responsibility), but this had not been done previously. The close columns of infantry were marching under the escarpment when a carrier tried to pass on the left of the infantry and exploded two mines. The blinding flashes and two great explosions were only a few yards from the marching troops, ‘and many of us thinking “Christ the sods are on us and throwing bombs”—the scatter, most moving up the escarpment like goats and some throwing themselves towards the direction of the enemy.’ Havoc and a fortunately brief panic broke out, while the wounded cried out pitifully. At least twenty-five men were lost here; how many belonged to 22 Battalion the records do not show. John Riddiford's14 platoon (No. 14) certainly suffered: so did 15 Platoon, in which Frank Algie,15 Dick Bentley, Jim Bryson16 and Harold True17 were killed and twelve others wounded, among them the All Black, Jack Sullivan. The battalion's carriers picked up a number of severely wounded men and placed them on top of the mortar ammunition which had been packed in the carriers."
There is a painting by War Artist Peter McIntyre which is titled "The breakthrough, Minqar Qa'im, 27-28 June 1942" http://warart.archives.govt.nz/node/78
It is a powerful painting, just like the one in your post of the attack on Darwin.
Perhaps I will travel to El Alamein to see his gravestone. The picture of it I have seen is just like that of your uncle's. Close26/02/2017 #14 Ken Boddie#13 Coincidentally, Michael, I also lost an uncle in North Africa. I hope you can find time to read my story about finding his grave here: https://www.bebee.com/producer/@ken-boddie/goodbye-uncle-eddie-sorry-we-never-met View more#13 Coincidentally, Michael, I also lost an uncle in North Africa. I hope you can find time to read my story about finding his grave here: https://www.bebee.com/producer/@ken-boddie/goodbye-uncle-eddie-sorry-we-never-met
As for your query about lessons learnt, perhaps we should look to the Chinese philosophers:
"War not determine who is right, but who is left!" 😟 Close25/02/2017 #13 Anonymous@Ken Boddie , it is an eloquent piece. My own day of reflection is 27 June, the date my uncle Jim was killed in 1942 in North Africa. Perhaps one day I might go to Egypt to see El Alamein, a name etched in my memory through years attending ANZAC day ceremonies with my mother, his sister.
The call to remember the mistakes of history is often made. Clearly the attacking side at this time had not learned a key lesson of warfare past which is to heed the constraints of time and distance. I wonder Ken, what do you think are the lessons here?25/02/2017 #11 Ken Boddie#9 Well stated, Dean-san, and may I add that it's generations of experiences like trench and jungle warfare and the odd wastefully, suicidal Gallipoli landing, that has fostered an indomitable attitude of "She'll be right, mate" in the Aussie 'digger'. So next time the world is presented with a 'troop' of young Aussie youths behaving badly overseas, spare a thought for their forefathers, who spilt their blood in fights that were not theirs, and look for the larrikin humour and cameraderie beneath the hooligan bluster.25/02/2017 #6 Ken Boddie#3 No racial slur intended, Dean-san. I was merely enthralled by the comparison between the peaceful evening last week and the life changing scenes of 75 years ago, and, as I commented to @Devesh 🐝 Bhatt View more#3 No racial slur intended, Dean-san. I was merely enthralled by the comparison between the peaceful evening last week and the life changing scenes of 75 years ago, and, as I commented to @Devesh 🐝 Bhatt below, mankind's ongoing inhumanity to man and our frequent incapability of learning from our mistakes of the past, collectively.
As for the BOD 001 mock vehicle plate, there was nothing subtle here at all I'm afraid. 'The Bod' has been a nickname of mine off and on for a few years, along with 'Bodski', depending on the company I am keeping at the time. Can't say I really respond to 'The Bod', but anything's better than "Hey, you!" 😟
I much prefer it when the young ladies call me Uncle Ken. 😊 Close25/02/2017 #5 Ken Boddie#2 You've got me stumped, Paul. I need to defer to other sources and track down what I can find out on the resurrection of the city following Cyclone Tracy. Always having stayed on the Esplanade, where the hotels, of course, face the sea (and those sunsets), and working in Coconut Grove, a commercial suburb north of the CBD, your observation has gone past the keeper. I'll get back to you on this one.
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