The AWAS of ‘M’ Force WW2 – Australian Army Women of Intelligence 1945

In January 1945, five military women arrived in Dutch New Guinea. Two of them were Australian's Lieutenant Veronica Myers and Captain Mary McCauley, both members of the Australian Women's Army Service (AWAS) (Fig. A). With them were AWAS Sergeants Ailsa Jarman, Beryl Godkin and Lorna Fox (Fig. B). Their arrivals were routine and there was … Continue reading The AWAS of ‘M’ Force WW2 – Australian Army Women of Intelligence 1945

Bananas in the Mist: Mementos of SOE in the Far East

Buried deep in the National Archives of Australia is an inconspicuous paper document.  An example of a relatively worthless August 1945 minted and circulated 100 Yen banknote known as Japanese invasion currency. Nothing too significant in that, given that following the Japanese Garrison's surrender in Singapore by 20 August, all occupation currencies immediately became worthless. … Continue reading Bananas in the Mist: Mementos of SOE in the Far East