Fuzzy Wuzzy Angels

A poem in honour of the porters on the Kokoda Track during the WWII hostilities:

Many a mother in Australia when the busy day is done
Sends a prayer to the Almighty for the keeping of her son
Asking that an angel guide him and bring him safely back
Now we see those prayers are answered on the Owen Stanley Track.

For they haven’t any halos, only holes slashed in their ears
And their faces worked by tattoos with scratch pins in their hair
Bringing back the badly wounded just as steady as a horse
Using leaves to keep the rain off and as gentle as a nurse

Slow and careful in the bad places on the awful mountain track
The look upon their faces would make you think Christ was black
Not a move to hurt the wounded as they treat him like a saint
It’s a picture worth recording that an artist’s yet to paint

Many a lad will see his mother and husbands see their wives
Just because the fuzzy wuzzy carried them to save their lives
From mortar bombs and machine gun fire or chance surprise attacks
To the safety and the care of doctors at the bottom of the track

May the mothers of Australia when they offer up a prayer
Mention those impromptu angels with their fuzzy wuzzy hair
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– Bert Beros, Australian Digger

 

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The Battle of Coronel: Sunday November 1, 1914

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The above picture is of Graf Spee’s squadron leaving Valparaiso November 3, 1914 following the battle.

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A German postcard of the thick of the battle

Web references for the Battle of Colonel:

Colonel Memorial

kaiserliche-marine.de (here seen through Google Translate)

The Scharnhorst

The German Ships

Dr. John E. Counts, Chief of Staff, Berlin as the Berlin Wall Fell

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Here seen on the mv Regatta during the December 2011 Panama Canal Cruise, Dr. Counts graciously took the time to fill me in on the tenor of those heady days when the Berlin Wall fell. I actually have a piece of the wall at home, so it was fascinating to hear the story from someone who was there.  Following his military service, Dr. Counts served as President of the Western New Mexico University for 18 years.

US Naval War College Website

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Thanks to the former Academic Dean of the US Naval War College, Captain Howard Burdick (Ret), here’s a link to the US Naval College website: www.usnwc.edu

Photograph (c) 2008 by Onne van der Wal Photography, Inc. Used with permission.

There are any number of informative articles in the Naval War College Review, and one in particular, Asymmetric Warfare at Sea, gives a great outline of the starting positions of the US and Japan prior to WWII in addition to a detailed recount of  the Naval Battles off Guadalcanal, 1942–1943.

I was fortunate to meet with Howard on the ms Rotterdam en route to Lima, Peru, and we discussed a number of the points I bring up in my military lectures: Click Here

Thanks Howard!!!!