From: Planning the end of the world, well out to 2023!
JeffK was easy as my name is Jeff K....
I live near Wooloomanata, where 79 Sqn RAAF worked up before heading north to the islands.
Born in 1958, it qualifies me for grumpy old bastard rating. First wargame was Jedko's "African Campaign"in roughly 1970. it was later published by AH.
Love sports, even watch American Football. Played Baseball as a kid and the Cricket for about 25 years. Bit of an Ian Harvey for those who know the game.
Did some time in the ADF back in the late 70's / early 80's but really wasnt built for it.
Spent lots of time chasing money on behalf of various Tyre Companies, did nearly 10 years as National Credit Manager.
First PC was an Apple IIC, I still dig it out from time to time.
Now I work for a defense related company, just dont blame me if our bits dont work, 5 minutes from home. Not bad after commuting for an hour plus for the previous 15 years.
Family hasnt really been in the military, though I have 2 nephews serving with 1 in the ADF & another in the Reserve. 2 Uncles served with 2/8 Bn AIF, 19 Bde, 6th Divvy AIF. One did Libya, Greece, Darwin & New Guinea and the other just Darwin & New Guinea, another uncle was in 106th Tank Attack Rgt & then the RAAF as groundcrew. One of my Mothers cousins was in 2/3 MG Bn and captured on Java, killed when the ship carrying him to some japanese prison was sunk by a USN Submarine. On my wife's side a relly was killed at Gallipoli on 2/5/15, only lasted a week, and another gassed at Broodsiene Ridge nr Passchendaele in 1917. Prior to that was a relly who wasa Captain in the Cavarly at Waterloo, actually a teamster with the Royal Horse Artillery
While knowing a lot about Australias efforts in 2 World Wars, and a lot about the Pacaific War I always find snippets of useful information here, though I am not a lover of "how many rivets in a Wellingtons wing (Mk X, not the IC)" and a firm believer that wars are won by men and not always by the technical superiority(or otherwise) of their weapons. I hate the growing idolisation of the "Evil Empires" of the 40's. Would you accept the same of Al Qaeda or the Taliban in 40 years?
End of speech, waiting to get home and put in the patch fixer patch!
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