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General Douglas MacArthur

General Douglas MacArthur, renowned for his leadership in significant military campaigns spanning World War I, World War II, and the Korean War, left an indelible mark on American military history. Graduating first in his class from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, MacArthur embarked on a distinguished career characterised by bravery and strategic acumen. […]

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Lieutenant General Simon Spoor in charge of Dutch Intelligence at Camp Columbia

Lieutenant General Simon Hendrik Spoor was born on December 12, 1902, in the Netherlands, Spoor’s military career spanned several critical periods, from the war in the Netherlands East Indies (NEI) to his contributions during World War II in Australia and his involvement with the Netherlands Forces Intelligence Service (NEFIS). Spoor’s military journey began in the

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Mauritz Kokkelink – Award ceremony at Camp Columbia

For his extraordinary courage and perseverance, Kokkelink was knighted at Camp Columbia in Brisbane on April 12, 1945. His commendation highlighted his decisive actions, perseverance, and skill during the Japanese occupation, emphasising the “indescribable difficulties and hardships” he faced. Mauritz Christiaan Kokkelink, born on June 17, 1913, at the military fort Willem I in Ambarawa,

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Camp Columbia flyers

We are proud to present to you a new addition to our activities; flyers about  Camp Columbia and our association (CCHA ). As we are invited to present at more organisations, we are keen to leave information with the delegates and invite them to subscribe to our free monthly e-newsletter. We have also been invited

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Brisbane’s Blueprint for Victory: The Strategic Planning Behind the Battle of Milne Bay

In late August 1942, a little-known bay at the eastern tip of New Guinea erupted into a fierce battle that would mark a turning point in the Pacific War. The remote Milne Bay became the stage for a decisive Allied victory, orchestrated from the unlikely command center of Brisbane, Australia, and bolstered by the crucial

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Generous Donation from the Richlands, Inala, and Suburbs History Group

Earlier this year, the Camp Columbia Historical Association (CCHA ) had the privilege of presenting itself to the Richlands, Inala, and Suburbs History Group. The Richlands, Inala, and Suburbs History Group is a not-for-profit community organization established in 1996 and incorporated in January 2000. Their mission is to promote the appreciation of local history and

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The long Dutch relationship with the Southern and Southeast suburbs of Brisbane.

The long Dutch relationship with Southeast Brisbane began during World War II, when in 1942 the Americans established Camp Columbia in Wacol, Brisbane to stop the Japanese advance in the Southwest Pacific. The camp became the staging ground for the American campaign, covering an area of 20 by 15 square kilometers, covering most of the current suburbs

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The Women of Camp Columbia

At Camp Columbia and the surrounding military facilities, two groups of women were employed. Firstly, there were the Women’s Army Corps (WAC), comprised initially of American women, later supplemented by Dutch recruits. The primary duties of the WACs encompassed a range of administrative, technical, and communication tasks, effectively freeing men for combat roles. Their responsibilities

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Australia’s SWPA Advanced Land Headquarters at St Lucia

The South-West Pacific Area (SWPA) Advanced Land Headquarters was a military headquarters established in Brisbane, Australia in August 1942. The headquarters was led by Australian General Thomas Blamey, who was Commander-in-Chief of the Australian Military Forces (AMF) and also had the role of Commander, Allied Land Forces. The purpose of the SWPA Advanced Land Headquarters

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