MALAYA 1942 CAMPAIGN -CHRISTMAS SPECIAL 2015

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MALAYA 1942 CAMPAIGN -CHRISTMAS SPECIAL 2015

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For those members who are considering playing the Malaya 1942 campaign in the Too Fat Lardies Christmas Special 2015 - and those who have played it already - there is a great batch of photos in the War Diary of the 2/18th Australian Infantry Battalion, 22nd Brigade, 8th Australian Division. The photos are in the May-June 1941 War Diary. The photos show good shots of the Malayan terrain - both secondary jungle along the road verges and in a mature rubber plantation. They also depict the personnel, uniforms, weapons and vehicles of the 2nd Australian Imperial Force (2 AIF) in Malaya in 1941-42. Posed photos but well worth a look if interested in the Malaya campaign of 1941-42.

To find the photos go to the Australian War Memorial site www.awm.gov.au
In the main menu click on "COLLECTION".
Then click on "Official Histories and Unit Diaries".
At the bottom of the photo of historian Charles Bean in the left hand column click on "Unit & Commander's Diaries".
Then click on "Second World War".
On the next screen - well down the page - click on "AWM52 Class 8 - Infantry".
Next screen under the "Description" paragraph click on "AWM52 Subclass 8/3 - Battalions".
Next screen click on "AWM52 8/3/18 - 2/18 Infantry Battalion". It is well down the page.
Next screen "Download" "Item number 8/3/18 - 2/18 Battalion May-June 1941". The "Download" button is at the bottom left of the screen. The photos are pages 51 - 66 of the War Diary. Page numbers are shown at the top left of the screen.

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Thank you.

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Great link, Foxhounds61.
I particularly liked the photos of the mortar setting up.
Mind without your detailed instructions, I would never have found them. Its a real maze of resources.
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Here’s a link direct to the document that will take you straight to the photos. Use the page number window directly above the image to see other pages.
https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/C1362207?image=53
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Nice pic of one of the Australian pattern carriers in there:

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They look like the Bren Carriers used in BEF.
Mind you am making mine as Scout carriers so they will have to do doible duty, am NOT making a third lot of carriers 😋

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MLB. Thanks for the direct link. I am a self-taught dinosaur re computer skills.

Most, if not all, of the personnel are wearing "shorts tropical" aka "Bombay bloomers". This is best seen in the photo of the soldier sittings on the railings of the bridge smoking a pipe on page 60. The "shorts" actually had long legs which could be folded up during the day and rolled down at night to minimize mosquito bites. Similarly, shirt sleeves were rolled up during the day and rolled down at night usually at 1800 hours according to the Routine Orders I have sighted..

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Truscott Trotter wrote:
Fri Jan 15, 2021 10:33 pm
They look like the Bren Carriers used in BEF.
Mind you am making mine as Scout carriers so they will have to do doible duty, am NOT making a third lot of carriers 😋
You could be right. The Australian local pattern carriers can usually be distinguished by their front glacis plate which is set at a much steeper angle than the British design. There’s a photo of one from the front in the AWM document that now has me wondering.

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I thought those carrier actually made in Australia were used as MMG carriers?

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Australia made two local pattern carriers (LP1 and LP2, with a 2A variant).
Here’s an LP1 in Syria and note the steeper angle of the glacis plate.

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