Monday, 7 December 2015

Kokoda

*Originally posted on the FMK blog on the 4th of October, 2014.


"The enemy has brought us into the war right on our own shore."  -John Curtin, Prime Minister of Australia 1941 - 1945

Hi all
For those interested in history, I have embedded links that will lead you to a 2 part documentary series (broken up into 8 parts on YouTube) about Kokoda during World War 2. It will give you a good idea of what World War 2 was like in Papa New Guinea and just how far south Japan's empire managed to extend. This was the only time in history that modern Australia was threatened to be invaded. The documentary is rated PG.

Part 1: https://m.youtube.com/watch?list=PL6D72B47309AA977C&v=BDgvy-SIBcM

Part 2: https://m.youtube.com/watch?list=PL6D72B47309AA977C&v=mdNb1Jz-n0Q

Part 3: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=A_wRxqWDSZU&list=PL6D72B47309AA977C

Part 4: https://m.youtube.com/watch?list=PL6D72B47309AA977C&v=4Vv_gwXXIQg

Part 5: https://m.youtube.com/watch?list=PL6D72B47309AA977C&v=ngPP22P98JE

Part 6: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=BoxUJ8u3k2k&list=PL6D72B47309AA977C

Part 7: https://m.youtube.com/watch?list=PL6D72B47309AA977C&v=Xg8zUp8K7gE

Part 8: https://m.youtube.com/watch?list=PL6D72B47309AA977C&v=jmiXwTCUbAk

During World War 2 the Japanese killed 21 million civilians in the Asia-Pacific region. 19 Million were Chinese. Yet it took the deaths of under 3,000 American sailors in a relatively unsuccessful bombing raid on Pearl Harbor to decide the path that history would take.

Australia has participated in many wars in the last century to show support, providing aid to allied nations such as the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (+Empire/Commonwealth) in Europe and Northern Africa during the World Wars, and the United States of America in Wars such as Vietnam and Iraq.

The war in the Pacific during World War 2 became personal. For the first and hopefully only time in history, Australia was not fighting to help another nation, but fighting for it's very survival.

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