Category Archives: unit and personal diaries

Quite an eventful week in a modest sort of way

                              13th June 1943 Dear Mother & Dad After quite an eventful week in a modest sort of way Sunday strikes a particularly quiet note and … Continue reading

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A scrounging expedition with a tragic/ comic ending

                            6th June 1943 Dear Mother & Dad I’m writing from a Guard tent – a very drab and uninspiring place to write letters but as I’ll … Continue reading

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Moving north, into French Barracks outside Tripoli

TX 1004 Max Hickman 2/33rd Battalion AIF Abroad 17th Sept 1941 Dear Mother & Dad On Saturday yet another page of 33rd history was written when we came into barracks and it is from a magnificently appointed second storey suite … 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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The Syria campaign begins

  War diary : first week of the Syria campaign – June 1941 Friday 6th Left Er Rama at 11pm, travelled about 20 miles – very interesting road – one of the seven wonders of the world – marvellous engineering … Continue reading

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A night out in Haifa…and the consequences

TX 1004 Pte Max Hickman 2/33rd Battalion AIF Abroad 4th June 1941 Dear Mother Once again from the shade of an olive branch I am writing to tell you that I’m fit and happy and hope this letter finds you … Continue reading

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Camping amid gum trees – and a damn good feed

    TX 1004 Pte M Hickman 2/33rd Battn AIF Abroad 31st May 1941 Dear Mother After being detached from the battalion for some time our platoon rejoined them in a new camp today and this evening received quite a … Continue reading

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