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Sunday, February 22, 2009

Air Raid Shelters - Elizabeth St, Brisbane

During WWII numerous Air Raid Shelters were built in Elizabeth Street, Brisbane, Queensland. A large water pipe was also installed in the street to fight fires during and after any possible Japanese air raid. It was supplied with water from the Brisbane River. Large pumps and motors were installed on the banks of the Brisbane River to pump the water through the large pipes.

Saturday, February 21, 2009

RAAF Eastern Area Headquarters

RAAF Eastern Area Headquarters
was established at "Kilmory", 6 Wentworth Street, Edgecliff, Sydney on 15 May 1942.

61st Machine Records Unit

61st Machine Records Unit was located in the Edwards Dunlop building in Edward Street, Brisbane during WWII. This unit used IBM Tabulators to record the details and locations of all US Army personnel in the Southwest Pacific Area. The former Edwards Dunlop building is now the Catholic Centre.

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Monday, February 9, 2009

Monkton Farleigh Ammo Depot

A large area of the old stone quarry workings at Monkton Farleigh in Wiltshire were converted into the country's largest ammunition depot during WWII. The tunnels span some 80 acres and are arranged into districts.

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Saturday, February 7, 2009

New Book - "Morning of the Rising Sun"

Morning of the Rising Sun
The Heroic Story of the Battles for Guadalcanal

By Kenneth I. Friedman, Ph. D

A monumental series of battles between the Americans and the Japanese Empire occurred between 7 August 1942 and 8 February 1943 that changed the course of the War in the Pacific.

The greatest amphibious operation ever launched by the U.S. Navy to date took place on 7 August 1942. What followed was the one of the longest, bloodiest, and pulse-pounding series of battles in the history of warfare. The fate of the Pacific war hung in the balance.

Please click on the link above to see a web page about this new book called "Morning of the Rising Sun".

New Book - "Refugees and Rebels"

"Refugees and Rebels"
"Indonesian Exiles in Wartime Australia"

by Jan Lingard

In accounts of wartime Australia the influx of over 5,000 Indonesian men women and children has been largely overlooked. These people were military personnel, merchant sailors, civilians and even political prisoners of the Dutch, all evacuees from the Japanese occupied Netherlands East Indies. They arrived as subjects of the Dutch colonial empire, and the majority of them left after the war as rebels – supporting the fledgling Indonesian republic which Soekarno had proclaimed when the Japanese surrendered.

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Tuesday, February 3, 2009

New Book - "Dearest Bert"

"Dearest Bert - A Collection of Letters from World War II Hero, Alvin Mueller, Jr."
By Roxolin Bose Krueger

Alvin J. Mueller, Jr. joined the U.S. Army Air Corps and eventually became a decorated B-17 bomber pilot in the war in the Southwest Pacific Area (SWPA).

In 1942, 31 year old Alvin J. Mueller wrote letters home from the war. He described his day to day life and his role in the USAAC. His loving wife Roberta Mueller kept Alvin's letters. She carefully folded them into envelopes and placed them in order into her scrapbooks.

When Roberta died in 1998, Roxolin Krueger took home her late aunty's scrapbooks containing the letters which had been kept in her attic.

Roxolin Krueger upon reading the letters, realised their importance and compiled this book "Dearest Bert" utilising the letters from Alvin.

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Sunday, February 1, 2009

Record Treasure Haul from WWII Shipwreck

An American salvage company is claiming a
record treasure haul from a World War II shipwreck

According to Sub Sea Research, there are 70 tonnes of platinum, 10 tonnes of gold and about 1.5 tonnes of industrial diamonds and gemstones within the shipwreck.

At today's market prices, the ship could contain between $6 billion and $11 billion worth of treasure.
worth billions of dollars.

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