Category Archives: Middle East

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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Durban… Shrapnel Valley…. Beirut

  TX1004 Max Hickman 2/33rd Battalion AIF Abroad 31st July 1941 Dear Mother & Dad I received your very pleasant letter of the 14th yesterday and am glad to know you are both well again.  the matrimonial business is certainly … Continue reading

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Hitler apparently doesn’t share his confidences….

  TX 1004 Pte Max Hickman 2/33rd Battalion AIF Abroad 26th July 1941 Dear Mother & Dad Your ever welcome letter of the 7th July came up on Thursday – am glad to know that you are both recovering from … Continue reading

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A town surrenders to a couple of privates

                              Once again, written in pencil…  and once again, the ability to rotate the image was sacrificed in favour of ‘legibility’ – not sure if that … Continue reading

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Surprising capture of a French sniper

      Written in pencil – barely legible (scan is much clearer than the actual document) – was not able to rotate image before inserting.         TX 1004 Pte M Hickman 2/33rd battalion AIF Abroad 10th … Continue reading

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