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Discussion in 'General Military Arms & History Forum' started by whymememe, Aug 21, 2012.
This looks like war.
If you looked at it don't come whining to me, I will not understand your position. You are either dead or looking at the dead. SIMPLE
Below is a photograph showing Bob Jordan, along with two of his mates from training at the Saugor camp. The other men are Alf Johnson (left My Grandfathers Brother ) and 'Patto' Patterson seen to the right as we look. This image was sent to me by Gill Simmonds who is the granddaughter of Alfred Johnson and who contacted me in early March 2012. Gill had recognised her grandfather from one of the group photos shown in this story and decided to share her knowledge about his time in the months leading up to Operation Longcloth. Corporal Alfred Johnson was part of a platoon led by Lieutenant John Kerr in 1943, this unit was ambushed on 6th March whilst covering the demolitions at Bonchaung and Alfred was sadly killed in action. With the help of Gill and her family I hope to place Alfred's story on these pages presently.
John Kerr Later became Sir John Kerr Govenor General for Australia
Jack, thanks for the link, I've put it in my favorites with the Aussi SF video. My interest in the Battle for Burma was spurred by a military channel documentary about it. My heart stopped when some of the survivors said there was no way to evacuate the badly wounded and they had to deal with it in a most undisirable manner because they had to keep moving. They were your guys. Fortitude unlimited.
better that than leave them for the japs,
they'd "play" with them for as long as they'd last
That's right Jack, they did the right thing and that I think is the very difinition of fortitude.