#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
A Japanese soldier, Yasuno Chikao, prepares to behead Australian Sergeant Leonard G. Siffleet at Aitape in New Guinea. The Australian commando from "M" Special Unit was captured while his small patrol was operating deep behind enemy lines. 1943. The photograph was discovered on the body of a dead Japanese major near Hollandia by American troops in April 1944.
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.
Underneath of RAAF Sabre A94-983 during handling display at RAAF Museum Air Pageant 2012. The first time this areoplane had been displayed at a Point Cook air show since its restoration at Temora Aviation Museum. It is operated by TAM. Photograph by Wendy Wilson.
Sgt Hajime Toyoshima, the first Japanese POW. He was the pilot of Mitsubishi A6M2 Zero from the Japanese imperial navy aircraft carrier Hiryu, who participated in the first air raid on Darwin. During the raid his plane was damaged and he made a crash landing on Melville Island. He was disarmed and captured by aborigines who then took him to Bathurst Island and handed him over to Sgt Leslie J Powell (right), 23 Field Company, Royal Australian Engineers.