Category Archives: The course of the war

The Fuzzy Wuzzy Angels

                            TX 1004 Max Hickman 33rd Platoon 25th Brigade Carrier Group AIF New Guinea 2nd Dec 1942 Dear Mother & Dad It seems ages since I’ve heard … Continue reading

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Forty million mosquitoes to the acre… but it seems the tide is turning

  23rd Nov 1942 TX 1004 Max Hickman 33rd platoon 25th Brigade Carrier Group AIF   NG Dear Mother & Dad As you’ll see from the address I’m back with the mob – the uncertain state of flux – of … Continue reading

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Comings and goings (2 letters): don’t quite know whether I’m detached, attached or ex-list

                    TX 1004 Max Hickman 2/33rd Battalion AIF 8th Nov 1942 Dear Mother & Dad It was with very real pleasure that I received and read your letter of the 26th … Continue reading

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More or less grounded; rumours emanating from the top, a dire shortage of paper and a bolt disappears into chest hair.

                      TX 1004 Max Hickman 33rd Platoon 25th Brigade Carrier Group AIF NG 21st Oct 42 Dear Mother & Dad Strange as it may seem the address is the same … Continue reading

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Dick’s kept pretty busy; we find a marvellous swimming spot

TX 1004 Cpl M L Hickman 33rd Platoon Composite Carrier Group NGF New Guinea 5/10/42 Dear Mother & Dad As Mail has now become our only connecting link with civilisation you can well imagine how pleased I was to get … Continue reading

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Meeting fearsome mosquitoes and Yanks with Frigidaires

1st October 42 Dear Mother & Dad After quite a flood of rumours about complete suspension of mail and all that sort of thing it was a relief when Ack brought a bunch of mail out today and more pleasing … Continue reading

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Comfortable conditions in Petrie camp as the war comes ever closer

                        2nd August 42 Dear Mother & Dad I was beginning to think I might not get time to write this weekend.  A flood of duties and various other … Continue reading

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A construction challenge, cafe comedy and a ‘real’ circus.

                11th July 42 Dear Mother & Dad The rains seem to have set in for the day so we’ve retired to the tent for a while.  I’m in charge of a little … Continue reading

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Chaps have to get married to get a spot of leave; stunts on iron rations

                  Sunday 14 – 6 – 42 Dear Mother & Dad The good run of mail I mentioned in my last letter continues.  This week brought some more old letters – yours … Continue reading

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Unreliable trains, demanding exercises, latest end-of-war prediction

                            1st June 1942 Dear Mother & Dad I received your welcome letter of the 26th May today.  Sorry to hear the weather hasn’t been treating you … Continue reading

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