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ex1cdo
06-07-2010, 02:41 PM
Former Australian Army Captain Brian Freeman, hiking on the Kokoda Trail in Papua New Guinea, was led to the site of a lost WWII battlefield by local villagers. Human remains, weapons and equipment have been found.

Source with full text (http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/afp/100607/world/png_australia_us_japan_wwii).

PrinzEugen
06-07-2010, 03:31 PM
Interesting, thanks for the link. Would love to see some pictures of the equipment found.

boone
06-07-2010, 07:49 PM
Just been reading up on Kokoda track, Milne Bay, Buna, Sanananda etc.
Interesting article.

Quietscheentchen
06-07-2010, 08:12 PM
Thanks for the article.

Does anybody know the procedure of Australia and Japan in returning home the remains of fallen soldiers? Are they sending medical or military staff as a support for identification of the remains? I guess it is not the first time for both countries to bring home soldiers which fell in WWII, thus i wonder how they handled such things in the past.

G-AWZT
06-07-2010, 10:05 PM
Wow. A lot of Australian and Japanese soldiers will finally be able to rest in peace. Frozen in time since October '42. It's almost the stuff of a novel.

mas-36
06-07-2010, 10:27 PM
I found photos here, from CNN:

http://news.blogs.cnn.com/2010/06/07/lost-wwii-battlefield-found-war-dead-included/?hpt=C2


It appears to be a genuine find, though I cannot help but be skeptical about the helmets on sticks still standing after 65+ years.

Lt.Chuck
06-08-2010, 02:19 PM
I found photos here, from CNN:

http://news.blogs.cnn.com/2010/06/07/lost-wwii-battlefield-found-war-dead-included/?hpt=C2


It appears to be a genuine find, though I cannot help but be skeptical about the helmets on sticks still standing after 65+ years.

they put the helmets on sticks to mark their location.

T3ngu
06-09-2010, 02:16 AM
Just been reading up on Kokoda track, Milne Bay, Buna, Sanananda etc.
Interesting article.
You got the book "Bastard of a Place", worth the read if you can find it.


I found photos here, from CNN:

http://news.blogs.cnn.com/2010/06/07/lost-wwii-battlefield-found-war-dead-included/?hpt=C2


It appears to be a genuine find, though I cannot help but be skeptical about the helmets on sticks still standing after 65+ years.

General Peter Cosgrove (Retd) AM MC (former chief of Australian Defence Force) was involved with it, he immediately gives credibility to the find.

goat89
06-09-2010, 02:32 AM
You got the book "Bastard of a Place", worth the read if you can find it.

General Peter Cosgrove (Retd) AM MC (former chief of Australian Defence Force) was involved with it, he immediately gives credibility to the find.
Just realized I know next to nothing about the battles of PPNG. Very little.
Damn good recommendation I presume.

Credible in a sense cause hes ex ADF, or hes just damn good and well know for finding fallen soldiers?

T3ngu
06-09-2010, 02:40 AM
Just realized I know next to nothing about the battles of PPNG. Very little.
Damn good recommendation I presume.

Credible in a sense cause hes ex ADF, or hes just damn good and well know for finding fallen soldiers?

Cosgrove is probably the best known soldier in Australia over the last 10 years. I doubt the man would lend his time and energy to something made up.

That book is my favourite of that campaign. Its the only one that moves from Kokoda, to the other battles at Gona, Buna etc. Books like "those ragged bloody heroes" are great, but only focus on the Kokoda campaign. What many forget is that these soldiers kept fighting afterwards, with many giving their lives in later battles.

rgjbloke
06-10-2010, 09:40 AM
Amazing to think that after all these years, those Soldiers story will become news across the world. Rest in Peace to them.

SuchIsLife
11-18-2010, 09:09 PM
Official Web Site http://www.thelostbattlefield.com/index.php Some pretty amazing images.