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This podcast is about Australian War History. In the first series, we cover the Japanese push down the Malaysian Peninsula into Timor. Here Australian forces combined with others stopped the Japanese juggernaut, which no other armed force had done up until that point. The Special Air Service (SAS) regiment stationed at Campbell Barracks, Perth is widely regarded as one of the world's top elite fighting forces. Its beginnings can be traced back to a little known but significant campaign fought in Timor during World War Two. The 2nd/2nd Independent Company, set up in 1941, comprised highly skilled, tough and resourceful volunteers from Australia's armed forces. They were trained at Wilson's Promontory in Victoria and sent to Timor prior to the bombing of Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. In the mountains surrounding Dili, the capital of Timor, they formed small guerrilla units of 4-5 men and attacked Japanese forces who invaded the island on February 19, 1942, the same day that Darwin was bombed. They (300 men) managed to keep an invasion force of 13000 Japanese at bay. In the year they were on the island, they lost only forty of their own but they managed to kill 1600 enemy soldiers. Their exploits resonate favourably with our campaigns in Gallipoli, Kokoda and Long Tan. They stand tall in the pantheon of Australian military history.

This podcast is about Australian War History. In the first series, we cover the Japanese push down the Malaysian Peninsula into Timor. Here Australian forces combined with others stopped the Japanese juggernaut, which no other armed force had done up until that point. The Special Air Service (SAS) regiment stationed at Campbell Barracks, Perth is widely regarded as one of the world's top elite fighting forces. Its beginnings can be traced back to a little known but significant campaign fought in Timor during World War Two. The 2nd/2nd Independent Company, set up in 1941, comprised highly skilled, tough and resourceful volunteers from Australia's armed forces. They were trained at Wilson's Promontory in Victoria and sent to Timor prior to the bombing of Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. In the mountains surrounding Dili, the capital of Timor, they formed small guerrilla units of 4-5 men and attacked Japanese forces who invaded the island on February 19, 1942, the same day that Darwin was bombed. They (300 men) managed to keep an invasion force of 13000 Japanese at bay. In the year they were on the island, they lost only forty of their own but they managed to kill 1600 enemy soldiers. Their exploits resonate favourably with our campaigns in Gallipoli, Kokoda and Long Tan. They stand tall in the pantheon of Australian military history.
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This podcast is about Australian War History. In the first series, we cover the Japanese push down the Malaysian Peninsula into Timor. Here Australian forces combined with others stopped the Japanese juggernaut, which no other armed force had done up until that point. The Special Air Service (SAS) regiment stationed at Campbell Barracks, Perth is widely regarded as one of the world's top elite fighting forces. Its beginnings can be traced back to a little known but significant campaign fought in Timor during World War Two. The 2nd/2nd Independent Company, set up in 1941, comprised highly skilled, tough and resourceful volunteers from Australia's armed forces. They were trained at Wilson's Promontory in Victoria and sent to Timor prior to the bombing of Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. In the mountains surrounding Dili, the capital of Timor, they formed small guerrilla units of 4-5 men and attacked Japanese forces who invaded the island on February 19, 1942, the same day that Darwin was bombed. They (300 men) managed to keep an invasion force of 13000 Japanese at bay. In the year they were on the island, they lost only forty of their own but they managed to kill 1600 enemy soldiers. Their exploits resonate favourably with our campaigns in Gallipoli, Kokoda and Long Tan. They stand tall in the pantheon of Australian military history.

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Episodes

S01E05 - Timor - The August Push

11/9/2019
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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...

Duration:00:26:57

S01E04 - Timor - Winnie the War Winner

10/25/2019
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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...

Duration:00:32:53

S01E03 - Timor - The Guides

10/12/2019
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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

Duration:00:30:23

S01E02 - Timor - First Encounter

9/27/2019
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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...

Duration:00:33:15

S01E01 - Timor - The Beginning

9/9/2019
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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. In this podcast, Adam refers to World at War,...

Duration:00:35:25