The Battle of Bitapaka

On September 11, 1914, Britain tasked Australia and New Zealand with “a great and urgent and imperial service” to destroy German radio and re-fuelling stations in Germany’s Pacific territories, which posed a serious threat to merchant shipping in the region. The stations were transmitting signals to the German East Asian Cruiser Squadron, a link Australia […]

Gallipoli – 2

AN EXCERPT FROM DENIS WINTER’S BOOK, 25 APRIL 1915 – THE INEVITABLE TRAGEDY, UNIVERSITY OF QUEENSLAND PRESS, 1994. The landing scheme was a simple one, in outline at least. The 3rd Brigade’s 4000 men would land as a covering force to secure a beachhead for two Australasian divisions made up of six brigades. Those 4000 […]