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Fuzzy Wuzzy Angels - 12/4/2016 1:34:17 PM   
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Papuans living in the villages along the Kokoda Track prior to the Second World War (1939 - 45)
lived a wholly traditional existence. Their only previous contact with the modern world had come
with the occasional visits of Australian Government patrol officers. They knew nothing of the war
or the nature of modern warfare, until it came crashing into their villages in July 1942.

Both Australian and Japanese soldiers trampled crops, destroyed huts and stole food. Terrified villagers fled
into the jungle to escape the destructive battles and air raids which followed on the heels of the troops.
Villages were destroyed and many villagers were killed, injured or mistreated.

The Papuans were recruited to work as labourers, carriers and scouts for both sides and executed their tasks
in conditions of extreme heat and wet. Teams of carriers brought Australian supplies to the frontlines
and carried seriously wounded and sick soldiers back over the track to Owers’ Corner.

In retrospect the Papuans had little reason to be loyal to their Australian colonial masters, who often
treated them as second class citizens in their own country. Nonetheless many worked until they dropped.
It is said that no living soldier was ever abandoned by the carriers, not even during heavy combat.
Their compassion for the wounded and sick earned them the eternal gratitude of the Australian soldiers, who called them
‘Fuzzy Wuzzy Angels’




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RE: Fuzzy Wuzzy Angels - 12/4/2016 2:25:29 PM   
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5th of march 2016

FAOLE Bokoi, the last living Papua New Guinean link with the World War II battles of the Kokoda Track,
died in the early hours of yesterday morning

He came from Manari village on the Track and was the last surviving Fuzzy Wuzzy Angel.

The Angels were so-named by Australian soldiers to refer to Papua New Guineans who assisted and escorted
injured troops along the Track.

Some 650 Australian lives were lost in the Kokoda campaign and it is said this number would have been much greater
had it not been for the Fuzzy Wuzzy Angels.


One Australian digger noted:


“They carried stretchers over seemingly impassable barriers, with the patient reasonably comfortable.
The care they give to the patient is magnificent. If night finds the stretcher still on the track,
they will find a level spot
and build a shelter over the patient.

“They will make him as comfortable as possible fetch him water and feed him if food is available,
regardless of their own needs.
They sleep four each side of the stretcher and if the patient moves or requires any attention
during the night, this is given instantly.”

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RE: Fuzzy Wuzzy Angels - 12/4/2016 3:19:24 PM   
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If you want a scenario, ask Peter to add Japanese!

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RE: Fuzzy Wuzzy Angels - 12/4/2016 3:22:20 PM   
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Fuselex, little by little you are restoring my faith in humanity. Despite what others might think of going off topic from TotH your posts for me actually brings it life. SeeYa!

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RE: Fuzzy Wuzzy Angels - 12/4/2016 3:36:55 PM   
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OK Peter,it's too difficult........and small soldiers?

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RE: Fuzzy Wuzzy Angels - 12/4/2016 6:59:16 PM   
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thank you hailstone :)
I believe every side has a story :)

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RE: Fuzzy Wuzzy Angels - 12/10/2016 12:23:47 AM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: rico21

If you want a scenario, ask Peter to add Japanese!


I humbly request a USMC & Japanese scenario.

Oh please please please, the Pacific is calling to me.

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RE: Fuzzy Wuzzy Angels - 12/10/2016 9:57:17 AM   
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