#auspol Aitape, New Guinea. 24 October 1943. A photograph found on the body of a dead Japanese soldier showing, from left to right, NX143314 Sergeant (Sgt) Leonard G. Siffleet of "M" Special Unit with Private (Pte) Pattiwahl and Pte Reharin, Ambonese members of the Netherlands East Indies Forces. The three men are standing blindfolded on open ground and Siffleet has a thin rope tied around his upper body and arms. The three men were executed by order of Vice Admiral Kamada
During the early 1930's, Australian sailors proceed on leave, probably from their ship moored in Sydney Harbour. They are coming ashore at the Ferry Wharf, Garden Island Naval Dockard, Sydney, with the fleet oiler, HMAS Kurumba, alongside the dockyard oil wharf. Also interesting that the photograph was probably taken prior to 0800, as Kurumba has not yet hoisted the quarterdeck ensign. Steve Given collection
AC! Sentinel - The outbreak of war found Australia with no modern tank force and little industrial infrastructure. The AC1 Sentinel was a home-grown tank developed at lightning speed to fight off the anticipated Japanese invasion. #worldwar2 #tanks
Sentinel. A novelty, the Sentinel was the only Australian designed tank to be produced in large numbers. A medium tank design mounting a 2lbr, the tank never saw service except in a training role, as Australian armored units were equipped with allied designs.