Guarding the periphery : the Australian army in Papua New Guinea, 1951 - 1975
For twenty-four years Papua New Guinean units were a substantial part of the Australian Army, constituting the only regular force in Papua New Guinea (PNG) during the 1950s, and providing two battalions to secure the border with Indonesia during Confrontation. By 1972, shortly before Papua New Guinean independence, Papua New Guineans made up almost one in ten of the regular soldiers in the Australian Army. Just three years later, these men became the defence force of an independent PNG. Yet,...[Show more]
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