In his book ‘The Double Reds of Timor’ Archie Campbell (Australian soldier WW2 in East Timor) describes how on 16th December 1941, the bugle sounded action stations. The ‘Sparrow Force’ (2/2nd Independent Company) rushed ashore with bayonets fixed wondering why they were invading East Timor. more..Archie Campbell’s story.
We saddled up with loaded packs
and rowed towards the shore,
To make history at that landing
and be remembered evermore.
We raced ashore with bayonets fixed
and charged the aerodrome,
While our thoughts went back to childhood days
and those we left at home,
And of how Australia’s name was won
upon the land and sea,
Sure Dili ‘drome must take its place
There’s not a man be he young or old
will wish me to repeat,
Just how we took the Dili drome
and Dili street by street;
I’d rather leave those tales untold,
for other tongues to tell,
And all I’ll say when I write home is,
“Folks I’m safe and well.”
We’ve upheld Australia’s honour Mum,
and England shall be free,
Thank God we’ve got a Navy
and the Second AIC”.