A Matilda tank, named "Clincher", moves towards Japanese strong points near Finschhafen, on 9 November 1943...

A Matilda tank, named "Clincher", from the Australian Armoured Brigade, moves towards Japanese strong points near Finschhafen, on November

The Australian Cruiser tank Mark 1 (AC1) was designated "Sentinel" in February 1942. Fabrication was by Sydney's Chullora Tank Assembly Shops with serial production vehicles emerging in August 1942

The outbreak of war found Australia with no modern tank force and little industrial infrastructure. The Sentinel was a home-grown tank developed at lightning speed to fight off the anticipated Japanese invasion.

AC1 Sentinel - The outbreak of war found Australia with no modern tank force and little industrial infrastructure.

Sentinel - The outbreak of war found Australia with no modern tank force and little industrial infrastructure. The Sentinel was a home-grown tank developed at lightning speed to fight off the anticipated Japanese invasion.

Australian soldiers searching Japanese dead, North Borneo, June 1945.

Australian soldiers searching Japanese dead, North Borneo, June 1945. [799x486]

Australian soldiers searching Japanese dead, North Borneo, June 1945.

Australian troops plough through the mud at Milne Bay, New Guinea, shortly after the unsuccessful Japanese invasion attempt.

Australian troops at Milne Bay, Papua. The Australian army was the first to inflict defeat on the Imperial Japanese Army during World War II at the Battle of Milne Bay of August–September

Type 2 "Ka-Mi" tanks without their flotation devices fitted have been captured by Australian forces

Soldiers of Australian Infantry Battalion posing with captured Japanese Type 2 Ka-Mi amphibious tanks, near Lakunai airstrip and Rabaul, New Britain, Solomon Islands, 14 Sep 1945

Machine gunners of the 18th Infantry Brigade, 7th Australian Division fire a Vickers heavy MG at the Japanese in Balikpapan on the island of Borneo. Note the flame thrower firing from a position next to the Vickers.

Vickers machine gun from the Infantry Brigade of the Australian Division firing on Japanese near Balikpapan on the island of Borneo July 1945 (Dutch East-India, Indonesia).

Warriors of the Papuan Infantry Battalion. The great majority of the 18,000 New Guineans who participated in the campaign did so as carriers of supplies for the Allies, though 800 men from the Papuan Infantry Battalion and the Royal Papuan Constabulary fought against the Japanese in 1942.

THE FACE-LESS SOLDIER (a ballad for ANZAC Day)

Soldiers of the Papuan Infantry Battalion (Australian Army) being drilled in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, World War II.

1945- Troops and tank of the 26th Australian Brigade leave U.S. Navy LST which transported them to Tarakan Island, Borneo.

Troops and tank of the Australian Brigade leave U. Navy LST which transported them to Tarakan Island, Borneo.

Australian Army jungle outpost. Lae, New Guinea. September 1943

Lae, New Guinea. September History New Guinea

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Type 2 Ka-Mi amphibious tank being tested by Australian soldiers in 1945, japanese Amphibious tanks

Japanese light amphibious tank Type 2 Ka-Mi captured by Australian soldiers, Rabaul 1945

An Australian Army soldier inspects an abandoned Japanese gun and shells following the Allied victory at the Battle of Milne Bay during the New Guinea Campaign. The battle commenced when elite Japanese Special Naval Landing Forces with tank support...pin by Paolo Marzioli

An Australian Army soldier inspects an abandoned Japanese gun and shells…

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