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Re: Aussie 3.7-inch at Lae?

August 21 2016 at 9:30 PM
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Response to Aussie 3.7-inch at Lae?

 
> At around 18:56 in this video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A1F0tbxwXx8) an Aussie wooden-wheeled 3.7-inch howitzer is doing its thing; according to the narrator at Lae, New Guinea, during the Allied invasion of September 1943. >

Could be at Lae (but read below). Other nice, if brief, footage shows the Vickers water-cooled .303cal MG with muzzle booster, the Boys .55cal antitank rifle being used against enemy pillboxes, etc. The Lee Enfield No. 1 Mark III .303cal rifle, standard in Australia during the entirety of the war, correctly arms the Digger infantry.

> Incidentally, this 1951-vintage series "Crusade in the Pacific" in 24 half hour episodes, is probably the best original footage available on the Pacific war and beats any of the more recent productions. >

Don’t agree with that one. “Crusade in the Pacific” was the first multi-episode series produced partly from war footage. It was interspersed with recreated footage, such as the portion narrated, with lots of slang, by the Aussie (soldier or actor?) for the actions at Buna (Gona is not mentioned at all) and up the Kokoda Track. Some of the footage reportedly from Lae is from other battles, and although that is not necessarily a sin or a deal-breaker in some cases, ‘tis downright dishonest in others. For example, at 22:56 through 22:58, the two Type 95 Ha-Go light tanks shown are well known to have been abandoned after the major Japanese thrust at Milne Bay failed. To Aussies, that would be tantamount in Yank eyes to showing the famous flag raising on Mount Surabachi, Iwo Jima, and claiming it was six American soldiers of the 35th Infantry planting a flag atop Mount Austen on Guadalcanal. The narrative of “Crusade in the Pacific” is not all that detailed. And need I mention that awful patriotic air sung at the beginning and end of each episode? IMO, the somewhat later “Victory at Sea” and much later “The World at War” are far superior in production, content, imagery, and music.

Nelson

 
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