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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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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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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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The Governor should…appoint a cabinet of responsible men

              TX 1004 Max Hickman 2/33rd Battalion AIF Abroad 8th Dec 1941 Dear Mother & Dad Very agreeably surprised to receive my mail this morning.  Two days earlier than usual – unfortunately news of … Continue reading

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Christmas cake received, Christmas greetings sent and snow arrives

                  TX 1004 Max Hickman 2/33rd Battalion AIF Abroad 25th Nov 1941 Dear Mother and Dad Once again the big day of the week comes round and the good run continues – … 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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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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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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By airmail : two items of very bad news

          TX 1004 Pte M Hickman 2/33rd Battalion AIF Abroad 20th July 41 Dear Mother & Dad I received your letter of the 29th June yesterday and although its news was the worst I’ve had since … Continue reading

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