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Was Leadership and Morale the critical difference between that Japanese and the Australians troops that fought on top of Palliers Hill. With such difficult terrain and being outnumbered, how could Palliers Hill have been a victory for 9 Platoon from the 2/14th? We finish our look at the Considerations for the Defence of Palliers Hill […]

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We look at the considerations for the defence of Palliers Hill.  How did the Japanese plan their defence?  What were the appreciations that their commander went through as he laid out his defensive position? We finish off the considerations for the attack on Palliers, which we started in the previous episode. The considerations for the […]

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The Considerations for the Attack – we look at these factors in this classic infantry attack.  Have a listen to the podcast on your favourite podcast player for all of the details on this battle. We look at the considerations for the attack as LT Pallier assaults the hill that would come to bear his […]

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How did LT Pallier attack this seemingly impossible objective?  A dug in enemy, minimal OS, limited time and very, very difficult terrain? We follow the progress of the assault and detail the actions taken by LT Pallier and 9 PL as they cleared the terrain and secured the lines of communication for the 2/27th Battalion, […]

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This podcast follows on from the Australian Army Research Centre Battlefield Staff Ride to New Guinea, looking at some of the battlefields from 1942 and 1943.  We were accompanied by Nick Anderson, author of Kokoda and Milne Bay books for the Army History Unit and Phil Bradley, who wrote On Shaggy Ridge, Hell’s Battlefield, To […]

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