Monday 17 February, 2020
6.00pm - 7.00pm
Radio Adelaide 101.5FM
ON SERVICE VOICES – MONDAY 17.02.2020 FROM 6 TO 7PM ADELAIDE TIME (OR LISTEN AGAIN ANY TIME AFTER 7PM)
PETER JESSER: THE PAPUAN INFANTRY BATTALION PART 2
Part 2 takes us deep into enemy held territory with the PIB utilising their guerrilla tactics to harass the enemy. A name befitting these brave men of the PIB was coined by the Japanese, “Green Shadows”. It was said they came from the shadows, fired a shot, and faded back into the shadows, like ghosts. The men of the PIB used their battle cry to good effect, and were feared by the Japanese. From Port Moresby to Bougainville the PIB mopped up the Japanese resistance, earning along the way many medals and citations for acts of bravery under fire. Major Harold Jesser, Peter’s father was awarded the Military Cross.
IAN TOWNSEND: DICKIE MASON AND RABAUL
Rabaul, New Guinea 1942… He was born in Adelaide and went to school here, but in 1942, an eleven year old Australian boy, his mother and step father were taken to a remote location in New Guinea for execution by the Japanese invaders. Why? …and what led up to that moment? It’s a story that begins in Adelaide, leaves a trail through other Australian States and finishes on that fateful day in Rabaul. Journalist Ian Townsend tells us about this long forgotten footnote to one of the most shameful episodes in Australian military history. Rabaul… Ian Townsend says “…it’s never really had the chance to be remembered…..” . 77 years after his execution, let’s not forget Dickie and the nearly 1500 Australian civilians and soldiers who died in Australia’s worst military and civilian disaster of WW2.
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