World War II at home (19391945)

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - HOT PROPERTY -

Once again, dozens of men from the Dou­glas re­gion, and 11 women, signed up with the armed forces dur­ing World War Two.

While the sol­diers saw duty in Europe, North Africa and Asia, the war had an im­pact much closer to home as well.

Carmela Zulla of Miallo was the only Aus­tralian to be in­jured by en­emy fire in east­ern Aus­tralia when a stray bomb landed on a cane pad­dock on 31 Au­gust 1942.

The whole district be­came part of the war ef­forts, build­ing air raid shel­ters, prac­tic­ing marine as­saults and join­ing groups such as Coast­watch­ers, the Vol­un­tary De­fence Corps and Vol­un­tary Air Ob­ser­va­tion Corps.

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