ONE OF THE PEOPLE I
interviewed for my book about
He told me that, after Saipan had
been secured, the troops were kept on the island in anticipation of the invasion of
the Japanese home islands later in the war, an operation that never came to
pass as a result of
Roland also told me the US military was stockpiling chemical shells for their 155-mm Long Toms for possible use against the Japanese when they invaded. Ever since then, I have been curious about what happened to those shells.
Some years back, I asked the EOD [Explosive Ordnance
Demolition] man operating out of
Fast forward to this past week. I had just finished the last of my on-cruise Pacific War lectures on 25 August, when an Australian, a retired EOD from the Australian Army, approached me.
He said he had attended all my lectures, and then
proceeded to tell me some interesting things about his days in EOD in PNG, the
He said in the area where the battles of Buna and Gona
were fought in
In 1989-1990, in the
After the battle for Buna-Gona, Australian officers reported that some of the Japanese showed signs of having died from gas poisoning.
I think this is worth further investigation; just one more item to add to my list.
There is also some interesting information coming my way
about some Kiwis captured on
More recently, while looking for the missing graves of US
Marines left behind on
I hope the
And that’s it for this cruise from your nondescript-garden-variety white guy. G’day, mates, and Happy Trails.