Those Ragged Bloody Heros

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Allen & Unwin, 1992 - History - 309 pages
Those Ragged Bloody Heroes tells the story of the Australian soldiers who fought on the Kokoda trail. From July to September 1942 the Japanese set about the capture of Port Moresby by an overland crossing of the Owen Stanley Range in conjunction with a landing at Milne Bay. Against a force of 10,000 crack Japanese troops on the Kokoda trail, the Allies committed one undertrained and poorly equipped unit, the 39th Battalion, the chocolate soldiers. Amidst ever-mounting enemy strength and ferocious fighting, the young militiamen were reinforced at Isurava by veterans of the 21st Brigade, 7th Division AIF .

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Dear Peter - we have met some time ago in Adelaide re my Father, Roy Reginald Francis, Dad, after serving with 2/27 RAR Regt, on their way back from Egypt, during the 2nd World War - my Mother, Nancy, received a telegram advising that her Husband was missing presumed killed in action at Kokoda during my Fathers service with the 2/27 RAR - Those Ragged Bloody Heroes,you talk so much about,being redirected to The Kokoda Trail before coming home. They were, my Father's unit, lied to, about, going home, and never recognised. I am not angry, and understand if no one comes to you and chats - how many other 2/27 soldiers are recognised - eg Mrs Williams, Mums next door neighbour, after thinking my Dad was dead came racing to my Mum saying Nan' Nan - look Roy is alive, showing her the photo - here he is sitting on the running board of a Japanese Troop Truck after overpowering the guards before taking them to the sea shore - Cutting off their legs and feeding them to the sharks - I have the 303 Bayonet that Dad cut down so he pierce it down his hips to over power the Japanese Guards. My Father suffered every 3 Months for the rest of His life suffering from his PTSD with electric shock treatment as I now know it, and as I have suffered with for the last 25 years of my service with the RAE from Sapper to Captain - 1975 - 2095 - I am a Gold Card TPI - my Fathers story is more important - can you help? 


Full of fight but utterly weary
A question of momentum
The rabbit that runs
To the beachhead
Embarrassed to be alive

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Peter Brune is a school teacher and lives in Adelaide with his daughter Kylie. Those Ragged Bloody Heroes is his first book.

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