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Vollie News Thursday 3rd August 2017 Page 13 When What Where Comments Requirements Web Sun 19 Annual Church Service Christ Church Cathedral, Darwin All members invited B/W Uniform with medals Territory rig www.stjohnnt.org.au/ December Tue 5 International Volunteer Day http://www.un.org/en/events/volunteerday/ Army News (Darwin), Monday 3 August 1942, p. 1 http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/3833000 1/3350998 G.O.C. REVIEWS SITUATION IN THIS AREA "The majority of the people of Australia today are only thinking of the war as far as it affects themselves," the G.O.C. of this area told an A.I.F. unit during the week. The General was addressing, for the first time in this area, an A.I.F. Regiment which recently returned from overseas. "I do not know what you think about Australia and Australian people these days," the General continued. "The people of Australia value their lives too highly. Thinking of Australia first is the spirit which the people of Australia must get if we are to survive. In doing your duty, you must not care whether you are killed or not. If you are going to worry about whether you are alive tomorrow or not, you are no good to your country. If we are to be good soldiers, we must have faith in God. Christianity involves service to your friends, service to your country, and if necessary, we must die for our belief." Situation Has Changed Reviewing the situation in the area under his command, the General said: "When we first came to this place, the Japs used to come over every day and drop their bombs. These Japanese were excellent for the Americans to finish their training upon. On one day, American pilots shot down all the Japanese planes which came over. Since that day, the situation here has been radically changed. The enemy come over now only at great heights, both at night as well as day. The Americans have now shot down 60 Japanese planes for the loss of only four of their pilots. At the same time, the Australian flyers have been doing very good work over the islands. They don't fly at great heights like the Japanese, but come down to mast height, when necessary. I think that they have annoyed the Japs much more than they have annoyed us, with only about one fifth of the number of planes. The Americans you will meet about the place have done great work, and they will continue to do the great work they have done in the first little battle of this area. General's Faith In His Troops "When we first came up here, we found everyone glum and sorrowful. Everyone claimed that this was no country for the white man. Why, at this time of the year, I do not think there is a better place in the world for soldiering in. Landing Japanese are well-disciplined and well trained troops," the, General continued. "However, if they are tackled and they run into a lot of fellows like you, who are hunting them, a different story will be told. They are no good when someone else is hunting them. This has been proven time and time again. I know you men. If the enemy landed 2500 troops here, like he did the other day in New Guinea, it would be just too bad," the General concluded. http://www.stjohnnt.org.au/ http://www.un.org/en/events/volunteerday/ http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/38330001/3350998 http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/38330001/3350998