World Battlefronts: The Sparrows of Timor

One of the most gallant guerrilla stories of the war was brought out of Timor last week by Australian Correspondent Bill Marien:

An Aussie unit, whose nickname was the Sparrow Force, was driven to the hills when the Japs attacked Timor with a superior force in February. The Sparrows had rifles, a few machine guns, a little ammunition and 400 miles of open sea between themselves and refuge. Their only hope was radio contact with Darwin.

A young Tasmanian signalman named Joe Loveless went to work. The force settled in bamboo huts, watched the sun rise and fall, played cards, taught natives to...

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