Extract From John Campbell’s War Diaries
Note from the transcriber:
John’s original WW2 diaries are pocket sized, the pages measuring around 75mm x 125mm and lines spaced around 5mm apart. They have been mostly written using a fountain pen and there are many abbreviations to save space. I have attempted to transcribe the diaries as accurately as possible, keeping the spelling, grammar and punctuation true to the original. (John was not big on using full stops or apostrophes.) I have tried to clarify with John any words that I found illegible or did not make sense as well as checking any names and places that would help to give meaning to the reader. I have added footnotes to explain some of these things.
According to John, Australian soldiers were discouraged from keeping personal diaries as information contained in them could potentially help the enemy if they fell into their hands. John was not the only Aussie soldier to keep a diary anyway but he tried to make sure it did not include details about Allied operations that could assist the enemy.
Ian Campbell, 15th January 2020