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I was to engage the advancing Troops at close quarters from ambush positions and as soon as they deployed was to retreat further south and repeat the process. To enable the advancing Troops to know they had been engaged and to add to the realism of an ambush, attached to the Troop was a Landrover towing a trailer on top of which was secured a 37mm cannon. My Troop had spent most of this particular day operating just in front of the advancing Troops.

I want you to see if you can engage him.

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The result was not what I expected. I was somewhat non-plussed. I had my Troop re-mount and moved back down the road from whence we had come, feeling somewhat deflated. Ted White was not prone to overuse superlatives!

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In Lt-Colonel I. While Lt-Colonel Stock proved to be a most effective and popular Commanding Officer, he had been brought into the Regiment from the Engineer Corps, seemingly because there was no Senior Officer in the 10th Light Horse prepared to assume the task. Ted White considered it important that Armoured Corps ideals and expectations were reflected as much as possible in the upper echelons of the Regimental command and so, now a Major, he accepted a posting as second-in-command of the Regiment.

Perhaps the most significant of these changes were the cessation of fighting in Vietnam and a not altogether unrelated gradual decline in the fortunes of the 10th Light Horse as a full Regiment. It is also significant that during his tenure, Ted White orchestrated yet another change in vehicle establishment of the Regiment. By the end of his tenure the much-used and often maligned Ferrets had been replaced by tracked armoured personnel carriers, these vehicles being viewed, at that time, as more appropriate for a modern Armoured Regiment.

From there he retired from active duty on 31 December However, he had not yet finished with the 10th Light Horse. I was Honorary Colonel from to So I had over 20 years active service with the Regiment, which probably would have been a record, I would think. Starting off as a Trooper and finishing up as the Honorary Colonel. What more can be said? In Egypt, before their embarkation to Gallipoli and again after their return to Cairo, the Australian Lighthorsemen were not renowned for their savoir faire in civilian circles.

In the streets, bazaars and whorehouses of Egypt they created for themselves a reputation as being boisterous and rowdy as well as openly indifferent at times to all forms of rank and authority. A leaning towards improvisional larceny was certainly not confined to the non-commissioned ranks.

Shortly after arrival in Egypt in the Australian Commander Harry Chauval found that many of his horses had lost condition during the sea voyage from Australia and he set about culling large numbers of these animals.

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As providence would have it, a few nights later a newly-arrived shipment of horses from Australia stampeded and scattered across the desert outside Cairo. In the latter-day 10th Light Horse Regiment there was no lack of such boisterous behaviour. In the early days of the newly formed Regiment, static camps were held in the army barracks at both Karrakatta and Northam.

Often these locations were the scenes of rowdy and sometimes reckless behaviour, and it is not unfair to say that Ted White made his own contributions to such events.

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Ask A Question about this Product. Newsletter Keep in touch! Reward Points We Buy Books! Date Added Date From: US troops totalled , Most were assigned to this duty more than once. The naval shore base was designated HMS Commonwealth. Australians were allocated the largely rural and severely devastated prefecture of Hiroshima. Huge stocks of war material, including chemical agents and tons of ordnance, had to be rendered safe and disposed of or destroyed.


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Thousands of tons of material were located and destroyed, including approximately 10, depth charges, torpedoes, midget submarines, x 18" and x 16" naval guns, and hundreds of guns from 8" to 14". Caches of small arms and high explosives were also destroyed.

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Australian Bomb Disposal Platoon was responsible for destroying live armaments and many high explosives. These duties were considered the most dangerous undertaken by BCOF personnel.


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A year later, as Sergeant Sewell, he was killed whilst delousing a mine on Shikoku. At its peak BCOF was responsible for the control of 20,, Japanese in an area of 22, square miles, comprising five western prefectures, Shimani, Yamaguchi, Tottori, Okoyama and Hiroshima, and the whole of Shikoku Island. By mid the major tasks of the occupation had been largely completed. US forces were also being repatriated on the assumption that the various Commonwealth countries would continue to share occupation responsibilities assigned to them in Australia made substantial reductions in , cutting its Army component from a brigade to one battalion and withdrawing two RAAF Squadrons.

These three battalions became the nucleus of the Australian Regular Army. With the agreement of the participating governments, the Joint Chiefs of Staff in Australia was discontinued on 31 December , and responsibility for the control and administration of BCOF was then assigned to the Australian Government.

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Following the withdrawal of other forces from the end of , BCOF was largely an Australian commitment. However, Australia was unable to accept responsibility for more than the Hiroshima Prefecture and the Iwakuni police district Iwakuni of Yamaguchi prefecture, both in the Inland Sea area of Honshu. When the reductions were completed, Headquarters were re-established at Kure, the port where the first BCOF elements disembarked in The Commander-in-Chief had residences in Kure and Tokyo.