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The biography of significant basic Ken Eather, one in all Australia's preferable infantrymen in international struggle II. Serving within the pre-World struggle II defense force, he was once one of many first officials appointed to the AIF. He led a unit within the key preliminary attack at Bardia, the Australian army's first significant conflict of worldwide warfare II. After additional provider in North Africa and Syria he again to Australia as a brigadier and was once one of many senior officials serving at the Kokoda path. After extra motion he was once given command of the eleventh department and led the Australian contingent on the 1946 Victory Parade in London. Ken Eather was once born in 1901 and after an unremarkable early life he left university on the age of 14 to develop into an apprentice dental mechanic. As boys from the age of 12 needed to subscribe to military cadet devices, younger Ken had an early flavor of soldiering. Graduating from cadets whilst he grew to become 18 he was once transferred into the conscript military (today's military Reserve) the place he turned famous as a willing and capable soldier. At a time while commissions have been mostly provided to global warfare I veterans, Eather grew to become heads whilst he was once commissioned at an early age. whilst struggle used to be declared in 1939, Eather used to be simply the 3rd soldier enlisted into the AIF from New South Wales. He shaped the 2/1st Battalion of the AIF and later led it with enormous contrast within the AIFs first significant conflict of worldwide warfare II - Bardia. He later fought within the conflict to catch Tobruk. Promoted to Brigadier he was once given command of the twenty fifth Brigade and shortly led that formation within the serious and hugely contentions activities at Ioribaiwa and Imita Ridge prior to Port Moresby. His troops later spearheaded the re-capture of the Kokoda path prior to engaging within the sour battling at Gona. After Japan's give up, and now an immense normal, Eather grew to become army governor of latest Britain and New eire. On nine may possibly 1993 on the age of ninety two significant normal K.W. Eather died and used to be buried with complete army honours in Sydney. He was once Australia's final final international struggle II common.

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On becoming aware that the troops intended burning down a second canteen, Eather finally acted. 4 His orders were 13 Desert Sands—PAGES 8/7/03 1:12 PM Page 14 DESERT SANDS, JUNGLE LANDS obeyed and the angry troops dispersed. Although many of those involved in the riot could be identified, no one was charged. Clearly, Eather was in sympathy with his men’s actions. His failure to act immediately to control the troops is in contrast to his reputation as a strict disciplinarian, however. It would appear that he felt drastic action against the contractor was warranted.

23 Desert Sands—PAGES 8/7/03 1:12 PM Page 24 3 The North African Campaign As you no doubt know by this time, the Battle of Bardia is over, the results are entirely satisfactory from our point of view. My fellows were selected as the spearhead and did a grand job of work. It was a wonderful experience & I felt & still do as proud as punch with my chaps. Lieutenant Colonel Eather, letter to his father, 13 January 1941 fter Indian and British troops decisively defeated an Italian force at Sidi Barrani, the 6th Australian Division relieved the 4th Indian Division and on 12 December 1940 started a move of some 500 kilometres towards the Italian fortress town of Bardia.

Eather was later awarded the Distinguished Service Order for his part in this battle, the citation acknowledging both his leadership and his personal courage in the fighting. The results of the battle of Bardia were profound. The morale of the Australian troops, having fought and won their first major engagement of the war, skyrocketed. Conversely, the morale of the Italian forces in North Africa plunged. The Italians were now much less likely to attempt an attack on either Egypt or the Suez Canal with the forces remaining to them.

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