Episode 5 – The August Push

Welcome to the fifth episode of the Australian War history podcast. In this episode, we discuss the August push by the Japanese that came close to wiping the Australian Force out.

The Japanese commanders were getting frustrated with the Australian gorilla-style tactics, which Brigadier Potts was using so successfully. The Japanese were hungry to bring the fight to the Australian troops’ doorstep. 

Some of the books we use to cross-check facts:

All the Bull’s Men

A History of the 2nd Independent Company and 2/2 Commando Squadron

Episode 4 – Winnie the War Winner

Welcome to the fourth episode of the Australian War history podcast. In this episode, we look at the hallowed corridors of the Australian War Memorial there is a section that is focussed on Winnie the War Winner. This makeshift piece of equipment was central to the Double Red Diamonds’ ongoing survival on Timor. For two months after the Japanese invasion on February 19, 1942, Australia believed that the troops on Timor had been overcome by the Japanese juggernaut pushing south. Australian technicians/soldiers on Timor had been working on an apparatus that would establish contact with the mainland. This episode deals with this amazing story of Australian ingenuity and improvisation.

As well, the Japanese were searching for a panacea to alleviate the difficulties dealing with these problematic Australians. They were looked upon as phantoms because of their propensity to inflict maximum damage and then disappear into the Timorese jungle. The Japanese thought their saviour would be the Singapore Tiger. Their hopes proved to be illusory.

Some of the books we use to cross-check facts:

All the Bull’s Men

A History of the 2nd Independent Company and 2/2 Commando Squadron

Episode 3 – The Guides

Welcome to the third episode of the Australian War history podcast. In this episode, we look at the role that the Timor Creados played in helping to defend against the Japanese invasion. An ambush that got out of hand quickly. Plus a tragic event that Doc Wheatly was still moved by, even though a half-century had passed. 

Some of the books we use to cross-check facts:

All the Bull’s Men

A History of the 2nd Independent Company and 2/2 Commando Squadron

Episode 2 – The First Encounter

Welcome to the second episode of the Australian War history podcast. In this episode, we look at the arrival of the Australians in Timor and the difficulties in finding a suitable base. As well as an “edge of your seat” story of one man’s first encounter with the Japanese changing the course of his life. Buckle in, this one really is an incredible story of surviving the impossible. We also uncover some of Uncle Jack’s colourful past.  

Some of the books we use to cross-check facts:

All the Bull’s Men

A History of the 2nd Independent Company and 2/2 Commando Squadron

Episode 1 – Timor

Welcome to the first episode of the Australian War history podcast. In this episode, we look at our interest in military history, briefly cover the storm clouds building in Europe after the German blitzkrieg batters Poland on September 1,1939, the total unpreparedness of the Australian armed forces, the genesis of 2nd 2nd Independent Company, its training at Wilson’s Promontory and Katherine, their journey to Darwin and eventually Timor.

Show notes
In this podcast, Adam refers to Commando: Battle of Britain – Scramble!

Some of the books we use to cross-check facts:
All the Bull’s Men
A History of the 2nd Independent Company and 2/2 Commando Squadron