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  1. johnboy

    Under the Southern Cross we Stand, a sprig of Wattle in our hand
    Threadmarks: 17 February 1915 - A base in Northern Australia

    17 February 1915, East Arm, Palmerston, North Australia I had taken 6 days and a journey of 3,150 km from his scattered unit of men to arrive from Sydney to Darwin by rail. The advance party had already made the installation secure and finished construction of the barracks area. Prior to the...
  2. johnboy

    Under the Southern Cross we Stand, a sprig of Wattle in our hand

    I know, its hard to believe, but it is true.
  3. johnboy

    Under the Southern Cross we Stand, a sprig of Wattle in our hand

    OTL the reason the British could not clear the minefields was they used trawlers with civilian crews to try and clear the mines. As soon as they came under fire they abandoned the task
  4. johnboy

    Under the Southern Cross we Stand, a sprig of Wattle in our hand
    Threadmarks: 16 February 1915, - Medal awards

    16 February 1915, Protector's Palace, Melbourne, Australasia Charlotte Plantagenet and her twin sister, Madeline, made ready. Typical bloody Melbourne, she thought. Supposed to be summer and it was 12 degrees with scudding low cloud and cold. Since she had turned 21, she and her sister had...
  5. johnboy

    Under the Southern Cross we Stand, a sprig of Wattle in our hand
    Threadmarks: 10 Febraury 1915, - Will they listen

    10 February 1915, Mudros, Lemnos, Kingdom of Greece "We have to say something, surely...." said Lieutenant Commander Alfred Bakhap. He looked towards his superior, Captain Henry Cayley. Henry Cayley sighed. Bakhap was a good officer, perhaps overtly conscious that at the end of the day his...
  6. johnboy

    Under the Southern Cross we Stand, a sprig of Wattle in our hand

    Think the French are stronger with 16 battleships, although only 4 dreadnoughts. Over 40 cruisers and 100 destroyers. Russians of course dropped down after the Japanese war
  7. johnboy

    Under the Southern Cross we Stand, a sprig of Wattle in our hand
    Threadmarks: 1 February 1915, - Navy update

    1 February 1915, Garden Island Naval Depot, Sydney, New South Wales, Protectorate of Australasia The completion of the latest light cruiser, Auckland, had meant that the only ships under construction were the three Combined Islands Class dreadnoughts, one of which had originally been laid down...
  8. johnboy

    Under the Southern Cross we Stand, a sprig of Wattle in our hand
    Threadmarks: 8 January 1915, - First AIF departs

    8 January 1915, Port Phillip Bay, Melbourne, Protectorate of Australasia The convoy that assembled represented most of the country's military power. Six dreadnoughts, two armoured cruisers, four light cruisers and eight destroyers escorted five large liners of 16,000 tons each, four...
  9. johnboy

    Under the Southern Cross we Stand, a sprig of Wattle in our hand
    Threadmarks: 22 December 1914, - China jumps in

    22 December1914, Forbidden City, Peking, Empire of China Yuan Shikai had adopted a wait and see attitude as well, using the Bai Lang rebellion as an excuse to delay fulfilling the obligations he owed Australasia as part of their own mutual defense treaty. The Australasian's understood that...
  10. johnboy

    Under the Southern Cross we Stand, a sprig of Wattle in our hand
    Threadmarks: 16 December 1914, - A changed objective

    16 December 1914, Department of the Army Offices, Melbourne, Aurelia, Protectorate of Australasia Telegrams had flown back and forth between London and Melbourne until finally a resolution had been reached. The Five divisions of the Australasian Infantry Force would land at Alexandretta on 17th...
  11. johnboy

    Under the Southern Cross we Stand, a sprig of Wattle in our hand
    Threadmarks: 1 December 1914, - A gift of dubious value

    1 December 1914, Cockatoo Naval Dockyards, Sydney, New South Wales Edward Wilding looked over at the battleship, recently commissioned as South Australia, as she sat in the dry dock, workmen scurrying to and fro on her decks. One of the protocols of the Anglo-Australasian treaty was that, in...
  12. johnboy

    Under the Southern Cross we Stand, a sprig of Wattle in our hand
    Threadmarks: 28 November 1914- Aviation developments

    28 November 1914, Hargrave Aviation, Ball's Head, Sydney, New South Wales, Protectorate of Australasia Lawrence Hargrave had been a pioneers of aviation in Australasia, but had drifted into other interests in the 1890's and 1900's. It was his son Geoffrey meeting his now wife Lydia Zvereva at a...
  13. johnboy

    Under the Southern Cross we Stand, a sprig of Wattle in our hand

    Yes, Leipzig and Dresden were detached to raid, as was the auxiliary cruiser Cormoran. Three other old cruisers are also at large.
  14. johnboy

    Under the Southern Cross we Stand, a sprig of Wattle in our hand
    Threadmarks: 18 November 1914, - Ottoman plans

    18 November 1914, Protectors Palace, Melbourne, Protectorate of Australasia The Ottomans bombarding Sevastopol and entering the war had changed everything, thought Field Marshal Horatio Herbert Kitchener, 1st Earl Kitchener. He had not wanted to come on this journey at all. The simple idea of...
  15. johnboy

    Under the Southern Cross we Stand, a sprig of Wattle in our hand
    Threadmarks: 8 September 1914 - The end of Von Spee, the Japanese move

    8 September 1914, Christmas island, Pacific Ocean Commodore Richard Dumaresq's Task Force 5 had been considered the least likely of the various detached force to see action. This proved to be not the case. His force, consisting of two Tasmania Class battleships, two Fly River Class armoured...
  16. johnboy

    Under the Southern Cross we Stand, a sprig of Wattle in our hand

    Thank you very much. So much better than whatever terrible things I would have come up with.
  17. johnboy

    Under the Southern Cross we Stand, a sprig of Wattle in our hand

    In a word, yes, they will "occupy" them, but with the secret consent of the Germans.
  18. johnboy

    Under the Southern Cross we Stand, a sprig of Wattle in our hand

    Yes they certainly do. That is the way I pick them going as well. There is just so much ore to potentially gain.
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