Title: The Australians in New Guinea 1914 – 1921
Author: Rowley, C.D.
Condition: Very Good – Signed by Author
Edition: 1st Edition
Publication Date: 1958
Cover: Hard Cover with Dust Jacket – 371 pages
Comments: An account of the Australian Naval and Military Expeditionary Force and the capture of German New Guinea in 1914 and the Australian occupation up to 1921.
The Australian Naval and Military Expeditionary Force (AN&MEF) was a small volunteer force of approximately 2,000 men, raised in Australia shortly after the outbreak of World War I to seize and destroy German wireless stations in German New Guinea in the south-west Pacific. The German wireless installations were ordered to be destroyed because they were used by Vizeadmiral (Vice Admiral) Maximilian von Spee’s East Asia Squadron of the Imperial German Navy, which threatened merchant shipping in the region. Following the capture of German possessions in the region, the AN&MEF provided occupation forces for the duration of the war. New Zealand provided a similar force for the occupation of German Samoa.