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Aboriginals in World War 2

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Aboriginals and Torres Strait Islanders in World War 2
Main page   World War 1 (incl. Gallipoli)   World War 2   Issues

 

Aboriginals and war material is now  spread over FOUR pages:

Aboriginals and war

 

Aboriginals in
World War 1
Aboriginals in
World War 2

(THIS page)

Aboriginals in war:
Issues

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are advised that these pages contain images and names of deceased people as well as links to pages containing such material.

Aboriginals and war
- World War 2

'All in' - Indigenous service (Australia's War 1939-1945) (ww2australia.gov.au)
Contains images and information about Australian aboriginal soldiers and the wartime contribution of aborigines.

For
Gallipoli

and other World War 1
involvement of Aboriginals
see our
Aboriginals in World War 1
page

Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders in the Australian Defence Force (Australian War Memorial)
From the Australian War Memorial encyclopedia section.

Page with photograph of conscripted Aboriginal soldiers (State Library of South Australia)
At a training camp in Australia during World  War 2. (Click on image.)
If the page appears to be unavailable, go to the SA Memory main page and search for "Aboriginal men and women in the armed services".

Indigenous Histories: WW2 category (indigenoushistories.com)
Blog entries about Aboriginal soldiers in World War 2:
- Black Rats: Aboriginal soldiers at the Siege of Tobruk. Includes a poem inspired by Wiradjuri soldier Cecil Clayton.
- Jan 'Kabarli' James' Aboriginal Soldiers of Western Australia

 

Well-known Aboriginal soldiers of World War 2  

Captain Reg Saunders

Captain Reginald Walter (Reg) Saunders MBE (Australian War Memorial)
From the Australian War Memorial encyclopedia section.

Captain Reg Saunders (awm.gov.au)
Short biography, followed by the poem "Black Anzac" written by Cecil Fisher.

Reginald Walter Saunders (awm.gov.au)
Short biography of Captain Reg Saunders, with photographs.

Reg Saunders (Wikipedia)
Australia's first Aboriginal commissioned officer.

Indigenous servicemen: their contribution (australiangeographic.com.au)
Makes special reference to Captain Reg Saunders.

Black AIF officer weds WAAF [pdf] (anzacwebsites.com)
A newspaper story from 1944 reporting on Reg Saunders' marriage to a WAAF (a member of the Women's Auxiliary Air Force) but also referring to his army contribution and family background.
 

 

Len Waters, fighter pilot

Black Magic (ww2australia.gov.au)
The story of aircraftman Leonard Victor Waters, Australia's only Aboriginal fighter pilot of World War 2.

Flt Sergeant Len Waters (Black Magic) (aiatsis.gov.au)
Short biography of Len Waters. 'Black Magic' was the name of his Kittyhawk fighter aircraft.

Len Waters (en.wikipedia.org)
Len Waters was the first Aboriginal Australian military aviator.

Black Magic (From diggerhistory.info, archived by the NLA's Pandora Archive on 6 Mar 2010)
See the first item for information on Sergeant Len Waters.

Park with plaque (monumentaustralia.org.au)
In memory of Australia's first Aboriginal fighter pilot, Len Waters.
 

 

Torres Strait Islanders

"One ilan man": the Torres Strait Light Infantry (Australian War Memorial)
The story of the Torres Strait Light Infantry Battalion.

Torres Strait Light Infantry Battalion (Wikipedia)

Island Defenders (anzacday.org.au)
History of the participation of Torres Strait Islanders in the armed services.

Torres Strait Islanders [pdf] (multiculturalaustralia.edu.au)
By Anna Shnukal. See "World War II" (pages 9-10) which refers to the extraordinarily high participation of Islanders in the defence Forces in World War II and the efforts by the Queensland government to prevent them them being paid fairly.
 

Rolls of honour Indigenous Australians at War: Honour Roll (aiatsis.gov.au)
Scroll down for a partial list Aboriginal soldiers who died in World War 2.

Aboriginal prisoners of war (WW2) (aiatsis.gov.au)
Twelve soldiers are in this list of World War Two Aboriginal prisoners of war.

 

Tributes Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Servicemen [pdf] (Archived pdf from parliament.nsw.gov.au)
Speeches in the NSW Parliamenton 29 April 1994 paying tribute to World War 2 Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander servicemen. (Alternative source: Archive location.)
 
 

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See also

Aboriginals and war
Aboriginals in World War 1
Aboriginals in war: Issues
Background to Anzac Day
Biographies

 

The background image of Private Archie Murphy is taken from a photograph on page 6 of the Resource Book, for which it is provided by Marie Smith

 

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