Category Archives: Middle East

Last letter from the Middle East…and the start of Operation Stepsister

This is a letter to Mr and Mrs Laird whose family were very welcoming to Dad and his mate Graeme Watts on New Year’s Eve and subsequent days in January 1941.  I assume Dad asked them to send it to … Continue reading

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A camel caravan in the snow

              TX1004 Max Hickman 2/33rd Battalion AIF Abroad 5th January 1942 Dear Mother & Dad We’re into another year.  I wonder what it holds.  The passing of the old and the beginning of the … Continue reading

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Two letters: a glorious seven days’ leave in the Holy Land

    23rd Dec 1941 TX 1004 Max Hickman 2/33rd Battn AIF Abroad Dear Mother & Dad Just a few quick lines hoping to find you fit and happy.  I’m writing from the Australian Comfort Fund rooms in Tel-Aviv, being … Continue reading

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Fancy thinking we’d commandeered her sheep!

                            TX1004                                                   … Continue reading

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Joining a rifle company engaged in road building

                TX 1004 max Hickman 2/33rd Battalion AIF Abroad 1st Nov 1941 Dear Mother & dad I’m a day ahead of schedule with my letter this week – with the dawn this morning … Continue reading

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Half our money is spent supplementing army rations

  TX 1004 Max Hickman 2/33rd Battalion AIF Abroad 3rd October 1941 Dear Mother & Dad Just a line or two hoping to find you happy and well as I am at present.  Our letter mail is a bit late … Continue reading

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Plenty of mail, regimental hooey, dangerous drinks and instruction in the use of pick and shovel !!

TX 1004 Max Hickman 2/33rd Battalion AIF Abroad 24th Sept 1941 Dear Mother & Dad Your welcome letters of the 18th August and sixth of September came in today.  The 18th August had evidently been held up.  In addition to … Continue reading

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The comfort of a Chev sedan on race day in Beirut

    TX 1004 Max Hickman 2/33rd Battalion AIF Abroad 27th August 1941 Dear Mother & Dad I received your very welcome letter today – a day earlier than the usual delivery & you certainly tricked me with the handwriting … Continue reading

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Every day we read the Germans are using their last reserves

TX 1004 Max Hickman 2/33rd Battalion AIF Abroad 21st August 1941 Dear Mother & dad I was very pleased to get your letter yesterday along with Youngster’s and one from Jack.  Yours and Youngster’s are as regular as clockwork – … Continue reading

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Goodwill tour, friendly locals, promotion to Acting Corporal

  TX 1004 Max Hickman 2/33rd Battalion AIF Abroad 7th August 1941 Dear Mother & Dad I had half written my letter yesterday when McDonnell came down with a bunch of mail and though most of it was for (Ramon … Continue reading

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