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SHAGGY RIDGE.
- Panoramic View from Prothero 2. Original unframed watercolour painting on long linen scroll (over 3 metres long x 71 cms. wide), with strategic topographical features marked (mountains and rivers, the Mene Gorge, Ramu Valley, McCaughey's Knoll, etc.), and inscribed bottom left: 'With the compliments of HQ - 15 Aust. Inf. Bde. A.I.F. 1944'; 1944. *Provenance: From the Estate of Major General George A. Vasey. One of the most renowned Australian soldiers of the Second World War, George Vasey was born in Melbourne in 1895. He graduated from the Royal Military College, Duntroon in 1914, shortly after the outbreak of war, and fought on the Somme with the 2nd Divisional Artillery. He was awarded the Distinguished Service Order in 1918. In the Second World War, Vasey commanded the 19th Brigade, performed well in the disastrous Greek campaign, then commanded the Australian forces in Crete. In September 1942 he went to Port Moresby to command the 6th Division, taking over the 7th Division (then engaged on the Kokoda Trail) a month later. In 1943 he was involved in the successful capture of Lae, before sending his troops up the Markham and Ramu valleys and occupying Kaiapit. In February 1944 Vasey became ill and was evacuated to Australia. On 5 March 1945 he returned to New Guinea to take up command of the 6th Division, but the aircraft in which he was travelling crashed into the sea off Cairns, killing all on board. In 1943 Shaggy Ridge was the site of the main Japanese defensive position. Named after Captain Robert 'Shaggy Bob' Clampett of the 2/27th Battalion (the first company to reconnoitre the area), it is the highest feature in the Finisterre Mountains in north-eastern New Guinea. The capture of Shaggy Ridge by the 21st and 25th Brigades, with assistance from the 15th and 18th Brigades, A.I.F. in early 1944 eliminated Japanese domination of the Ramu Valley, and marked a key point in the liberation of New Guinea from occupying Japanese forces. [Attributes: Hard Cover]
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