Category Archives: training

Frank Bethune’s famous orders

                                              TX 1004 Sgt Max Hickman NGF Training Sch New Guinea 7th Nov 1943 Dear Mother & Dad … Continue reading

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A long hot walk back from the rear details camp

                TX 1004 Sgt Max Hickman NGF Training Sch New Guinea 26th Oct 43 Dear Mother & Dad Must try and race a few lines off.  I’m all behind with my letter writing … Continue reading

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Some higher authority…controlling this show

                      TX 1004 Sgt Max Hickman 2/33rd Battalion AIF 11th Oct 43 Dear Mother & Dad After six weeks mucking around – attached here and detached there without knowing who … Continue reading

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A gruelling exercise and the wrath of the censor

  TX 1004 Sgt Max Hickman 2/33rd Battn AIF 4th Sept 43 Dear Mother & Dad I’m in a power of strife here.  I’ve got a stack of letters – a bunch of them arrived during a battalion exercise and … Continue reading

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News from around the world thanks to Guinea Gold

            TX 1004 Sgt Max Hickman 2/33rd Battn AIF 1st Aug 43 Dear Mother & Dad I received your welcome letter of the 25th this morning along with one from May and another from youngster … Continue reading

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Bloody beautiful whiskey and a tough stunt: two letters

                TX 1004 Sgt Max Hickman 2/33rd Battn AIF Aust 4th July 1943 Dear Mother & Dad After a full week without any letters it was good to collect three today – yours, … Continue reading

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My small circle – big camp fires and balancing the books

                20th June 1943 Dear Mother & Dad Another week has come to an end so I will give you a resume of events in the small circle in which I move.  We … Continue reading

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