THE "ULTRA" EAVESDROPPER!
Frank Bolton (302)
Recently, I came across a book in my local public library written by Geoffrey Ballard.
Many old ex-
corridors of the 'factory' during the late 1940’s early 1950s. At the time DSD was housed in war-
barracks blocks on the shores of Albert Park Lake in Melbourne.
What surprised me was the title of the book – "ON 'ULTRA' ACTIVE SERVICE – THE STORY OF AUSTRALIA'S SIGNAL INTELLIGENCE OPERATIONS DURING WORLD WAR II"
Equally intriguing was how such a large red beautifully bound tome with its title embossed in gold bearing a price tag of $48 came to be sitting on the shelves of a small council library. There it was amongst all the rows of dog-
It wasn't until I started to read the book – printed in l99l -
Ballard states that "ON 'ULTRA' ACTIVE SERVICE" tells the gripping and hitherto Top Secret story of the Australians Sigint effort during W orld War II. "lt is an unique story, never been told before".
HONG KONG 1966
In 1966 the Colony suffered a monsoonal deluge with hugh amounts of rain falling in a very short time. Most RAAF families were quartered in an apartment block in the hills above North Point. Unfortunately, slightly higher up the hill was a reservoir that overflowed in the deluge. The run-
Australia's guinea pig troops
tell of horror of chemical weapons
THE WEST AUSTRALIAN SATURDAY APRIL 13 1996
The troops enter the gas chamber clad in full battle gear, including side arms and anti-
Nearly all the guinea pigs -
Como resident Barry Butler, a leading aircraftman with the 41 Squadron recalled his role in tests at Proserpine in north Queensland in January and February 1945 -
'I was young and foolish, 19 years of age’, he said. 'I volunteered from Cairns. From memory 20 men from RAAF units from all over the place went to Proserpine. 'For the first few days we ran over an obstacle course in full equipment. At one stage they took six of us on to an island off Prosperpine in ordinary drabs with a respirator. We were to carry out mock iobs. One or two Beauforts came over and bombed us with mustard gas. But I was fairly lucky …. the wind changed and the gas had no effect on us.
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