Forgotten Heroes pt. Vl 🇵🇬 _
A Papuan soldier stands in formation with his Lee Enfield bolt action rifle over his shoulder in Port Moresby, Territory of Papua and New Guinea (modern day Papua New Guinea) in January of 1941. The soldier is likely from the New Guinea Volunteer Rifles, part of the Australian Army.
In January of 1942, Japanese military forces invaded and occupied the Territory of Papua and New Guinea. The gear of the Papuans is British because before World War l, New Guinea was a colony of Germany, but since Germany lost World War l, New Guinea was handed over to Australian power. This is the reason for the British helmets, uniforms, and Lee Enfield rifles. The major unit of New Guinea during WWll was the New Guinea Volunteer Rifles who served as part of the Australian Army. They were a infantry battalion that contained at most, almost 900 men. The soldiers were trained by Australian advisors and equipped with British weapons and gear. However when the Japanese did invaded the battalion was ill equipped and had an average age of nearly 35 years old. In the months following the Japanese invasion the battalion was greatly outnumbered and only carried out small demolition operations and evacuations. However in summer of 1942 the battalion fought alongside Australian units in large successful raids on Japanese garrisons and airfields. However with the lack of supplies and operating out of the jungles of their own country, the battalion began to become less effective. Soldiers became exhausted and were malnourished. As Japanese presence in the region increased it put much pressure on the battalion to conduct raids on Japanese forces, until finally allied forces began to conduct combat in what became the New Guinea Campaign. By mid 1943 the battalion had been decimated to only 300 soldiers, but the majority of the battalion suffered from illnesses due to poor conditions in the jungle. However the New Guinean soldiers provided much help to the allied forces, guiding them through their home country. The battalion fought till the very end of the war and even fought alongside U.S. forces. Continued in comments 👇
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