You alone do not surrender to us!

Timor, March 1942.
The Japanese have landed and defeated the Dutch and Australian garrisons.
All seems to be over. Or is it?

Deep in the Timor jungle, a relatively small band of Australian and Dutch troops refuse to give up the fight. They decide to start a guerrilla campaign, aimed at killing as many Japanese as possible. For nearly a year, from March 1942 until February 1943, the commandos of 2/2nd Independent Company, with Dutch troops added to their ranks, fought a numerically superior enemy and tied down large numbers of Japanese troops; troops that were urgently needed elsewhere…

Timor_6

Australian commandos od 2/2 Independent Company accept fruit from friendly Timorese – Mid 1942

“You alone do not surrender to us!
A line from a threatening message to the men of Sparrow Force sent in August 1942 by the commander of the Japanese 48th Division, Lieutenant General Yuichi Tsuchihashi. Unwittingly he  voiced his frustration, his troops being tied down by small bands of ‘irregular’ combatants…

When Winston Churchill learned about this he re-phrased it and announced
“They alone did not surrender!”

A brief history about the “Sparrow Force” and the guerrilla operations on Timor has been added to ‘Military Background’

The Australian War Office made a short film about “The men of Timor” and it’s well worth watching. Here is the link.

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About Kingsleyr

Thank you for visiting my blog! The posts you find here are a direct result of my research into aviation and military history. I use the information I gather as a foundation and background for my books. You may call the genre historical fiction, a story woven into a background of solid and verifiable historical facts. However, the period and region I have chosen to write about (late 1930's - 1950's in South-East Asia) are jam-packed with interesting information and anecdotes. If I'd used them all I would swamp the stories. So this blog is the next best thing. It is an "overflow area" in which I can publish whatever I think will interest you. And from the reactions I get, I deduce I am on the right track. A lot will be about aviation in the former Dutch East Indies. This, because my series of books ("The Java Gold") follows a young Dutch pilot in his struggle to survive the Pacific War and its aftermath. But there's more in the world and you'll find descriptions of cities, naval operations and what not published on this blog. Something about myself; I am a Dutch-Canadian author, living in, and working out of the magical city of Amsterdam. My lifelong interest in history and aviation, especially WW2, has led me to write articles and books on these subjects. I hope you'll enjoy them!
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