The Mostly Unsung Winter catalogue of publications and military ephemera June 2021 is now released. Ask for a copy – ‘snail mail’ or electronically. Go to Contact Us now!
MILITARY HISTORY RESEARCH AND PUBLICATIONS - JUNE 2021
Welcome to the Summer catalogue from Mostly Unsung Military History Research and Publications. (ABN 28 031 740 832). Please direct enquiries to Mostly Unsung, Box 7020, Brighton, Victoria, Australia, 3186. The telephone number is (613) 59715565 and the e-mail remains, email@example.com
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A broad range of research into Australian and British Commonwealth Military History from the First Fleet to the present day can be undertaken. For Australian service personnel, the standard charge to provide biographical, service, medals, battles, etc details is now $50. Rates for other research at the National Archives of Australia and elsewhere can be advised on request. Most tasks can be completed within two weeks.
Mostly Unsung continues to locate and develop new resources for researching military history. Recent examples include details of all Boer War South African and overseas contingents with conditions of service, enlistment forms, organisations etc; King Williamstown Town Guards rolls Boer War; British Empire recipients of the Medaille Militaire (France) World War One; the (Australian) Sparrow Force nominal roll; El Alamein Australian Imperial Force casualties and detail of Citizen Military Force visits to Vietnam.
Our Boer War holdings are still without equal and include computerised medal and clasp entitlements for Australian Contingents to the Boer War 1899-1902 (with 1000 more than listed in Murray’s); all medal rolls; and service papers for most Irregular units, etc.
Neil and Sylvie Smith will again be researching at The National Archives, the National Army Museum, London Metropolitan Archives and Imperial War Museum in London when Covid 19 restraints ease. Your research tasks are welcome.
The Far East Liaison Office (FELO) was also known as Section D in the Allied Intelligence Bureau during World War Two and was responsible for military propaganda. Its initial objectives were the preparation of propaganda material such as leaflets for use by Allied units in the lowering of Japanese morale. In concert with other covert groups such as M and Z Special units, FELO, commanded by Navy officer Commander John Proud, also endeavoured to provide misleading intelligence to the enemy and influence the New Guinea native populations so that they would impede the Japanese war effort. The main rear area facilities used by FELO were in Melbourne at Goodrest, 104 Toorak Road, South Yarra and McWhae Avenue, Ripponlea plus Camp Tasman in Indooroopilly and Kirkston in Rupert Street, Windsor, both near Brisbane, Queensland.
FELO operatives frequently undertook missions into enemy territory. Mostly Unsung has identified the following FELO operatives who were decorated in the course of their duties during World War Two:
NGX Captain Robert Rothsay COLE, MC,
NX25805 Captain Reginald Vernon ROBERTS, MBE, DCM,
QX10230 Signalman Maitland George BERRIE, MM,
NX144205 Sergeant Edward Thomas DAVIS, BEM, and
NGX394 Staff Sergeant Angus Arthur SMART, BEM.