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In this Episode Rufino recollects the Japanese Invasion of 1942, on the 65th Anniversary of the Japanese Invasion in Dare above Dili, on the 19th February, 2006. This was also the date of the first death of WW2 in East Timor. Dare is the site of a swimming pool donated by the 2/2nd Association and opened in 1969.
40,000 Timorese died because of the presence of the Australian and Japanese forces in Portuguese Timor. You should also check out the poems written by Jim Smailes of the 2/2nd Company about the Australian landing and a poetic comment about honesty in war in the poetry category.
For another perspective on whether Australia should have compromised Portuguese Timor’s neutrality when they did, see David Scott’s ‘Unpublished Chapters‘ : The Reluctant Invaders’ and ‘All They Got Was Misery’ both are available in English and Tetun.
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