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Desert Sands Jungle Lands - a Biography of Major General Ken by Steve Eather

By Steve Eather

The biography of significant basic Ken Eather, certainly one of Australia's best squaddies in international struggle II. Serving within the pre-World conflict II armed forces, he used to be one of many first officials appointed to the AIF. He led a unit within the key preliminary attack at Bardia, the Australian army's first significant conflict of worldwide battle II. After extra provider in North Africa and Syria he again to Australia as a brigadier and was once one of many senior officials serving at the Kokoda path. After extra motion he used to be given command of the eleventh department and led the Australian contingent on the 1946 Victory Parade in London. Ken Eather used to be born in 1901 and after an unremarkable adolescence he left college on the age of 14 to turn into an apprentice dental mechanic. As boys from the age of 12 needed to subscribe to military cadet devices, younger Ken had an early style of soldiering. Graduating from cadets while he grew to become 18 he used to be transferred into the conscript military (today's military Reserve) the place he turned famous as a willing and capable soldier. At a time while commissions have been mostly provided to international struggle I veterans, Eather grew to become heads whilst he was once commissioned at an early age. while conflict was once declared in 1939, Eather was once simply the 3rd soldier enlisted into the AIF from New South Wales. He shaped the 2/1st Battalion of the AIF and later led it with enormous contrast within the AIFs first significant conflict of worldwide warfare II - Bardia. He later fought within the conflict to trap Tobruk. Promoted to Brigadier he used to be given command of the twenty fifth Brigade and shortly led that formation within the severe and hugely contentions activities at Ioribaiwa and Imita Ridge ahead of Port Moresby. His troops later spearheaded the re-capture of the Kokoda path prior to engaging within the sour combating at Gona. After Japan's quit, and now a massive basic, Eather grew to become army governor of recent Britain and New eire. On nine might 1993 on the age of ninety two significant normal K.W. Eather died and used to be buried with complete army honours in Sydney. He was once Australia's final final global conflict II basic.

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There was confusion among the dazed engineers but Eather, who was advancing with them well forward of his battalion, saw the problem in the half light, took decisive action and ordered an engineer sergeant to immediately detonate his Bangalores in the wire. 08 am. Seeing this, the engineer parties further down the line also detonated their Bangalores, opening gaps in the wire through which the troops poured. The delay had been only three minutes. After the wire was blown, Eather stood calmly in the gap, with no more lethal weapon than a walking stick and seemingly oblivious to the continuing enemy bombardment and small-arms fire.

Eather gave his chastened warrant officer a withering look and stalked off. Later that afternoon Delves noticed his CO bathing in the sea. He kept out of sight for the rest of the day! Wally Delves, as Eather’s RSM, is in an excellent position to comment on his character. In 2001 he was also the only known surviving member of the 2/1st Battalion headquarters. He commented that Eather was quiet and reserved, and a strict disciplinarian, but nonetheless cared deeply for the welfare of his troops—even if he rarely showed it.

Hitler, shocked that the Italians could be forced to surrender a substantial fortress after just 55 hours’ fighting, would later commit German troops to the North African Campaign. Initially operating in small numbers, the German force would later change the course of the war in this region. On 13 January, Eather wrote home to his father: Well, as you no doubt know by this time, the Battle of Bardia is over, the results are entirely satisfactory from our point of view. My fellows were selected as the spearhead and did a grand job of work.

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