• ANZAC Portrait Series – Colin Leece – Part 1

    Colin Leece served during World War 2 with the 6th Machine Gun Battalion.The Australian 6th Machine Gun Battalion was raised in NSW and was sent to the south coast around Wollongong and Shellharbour to undertake their training and wait for the commanders in New Guinea to call them into action.In July 1943, the Battalion went north to fight in the Battle of New Guinea with the 7th Division AIF. The Battalion were located in the Ramu Valley. They found themselves at Gusap, defending the large American airstrip against marauding Japanese. In this roll the members were continually dive bombed and strafed by the Japanese. Together with the Papuan Infantry Battalion, they spent much time carrying out infantry patrols to the north of Ramu in the Finisterre Range area where cut-off Japanese were fighting.

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