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The Fuzzy Wuzzy Angels of Papua New Guinea Page 3
1942-11-19. NEW GUINEA. KOKODA. Natives bring in fruit for Allied troops. Payment is made on the barter system. Payment is also made in trade tobacco. Food, usually plentiful in this area, is now scarce, as the retreating Japanese burned down many of the native gardens. (Negative by G. Silk).
Click to enlarge Owen Stanley Ranges, New Guinea. C. 1942-09-01. Wounded Australians being carried on stretchers out of forward battle areas through a mountain stream by native bearers
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Eora Creek, Papua. 1942-08-30. Native bearers (popularly known as Fuzzy Wuzzy Angels) carry a wounded Australian soldier on a stretcher. They are moving up a steep hill track through thick tropical jungle.

Click to enlarge 1942-12-05. Buna, Papua. At an advanced American dressing station. Wounded being brought in on stretchers along a track through the kunai grass. The bearers are Papuan natives, fondly known as Fuzzy Wuzzy Angels.
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1942-08-06. Papua. Native bearers (popularly known as Fuzzy Wuzzy Angels) carry heavy loads of equipment and supplies for the Australian troops. One "boy" usually carries about 50 lbs weight, and two "boys" can manage about 70lbs.

Click to enlarge New Guinea. C. 1942-09-02. An indication of the primitive lines of communication and of the difficulties encountered in the movement of troops is shown here. Native porters (known as Fuzzy Wuzzy Angels) are carrying wounded Australian soldiers on stretchers from the jungle battlefield through a mountain stream to the hospital behind the lines, following a sharp clash with Japanese forces. All Australians in New Guinea pay a high tribute to the courage, endurance and comradeship of the New Guinea natives who are playing a very important part in the allied efforts to drive the Japanese from the country
Click to enlarge Owen Stanley Ranges, New Guinea. C. 1942-09-05. Wounded Australians being carried on stretchers out of forward battle areas into a village by native bearers or porters (known as Fuzzy Wuzzy Angels).
Click to enlarge Soputa, Papua, 1942-11. Informal outdoors portrait of a native Papuan 'boss boy' at the Main Dressing Station (MDS) of the 2/4th Field Ambulance. Boss boys were in charge of native stretcher-bearer teams made up of eight members. Called colloquially 'Fuzzy Wuzzy Angels', both boss boys and stretcher-bearers were employed by the Australian New Guinea Administrative Unit (ANGAU). (Donor A. Hobson)
Click to enlarge Uberi, Papua, c. 1942-10. A group of native Papuan carriers is about to evacuate a wounded Australian soldier on a stretcher along the Kokoda Trail from Uberi to the start of the motor road at Owens' Corner. The stretcher is slung below a single carrying bar supported at each end by one of the carriers. Known colloquially as 'Fuzzy Wuzzy Angels', the carriers work in teams of eight under the supervision of a native 'boss boy' and are employed by the Australian New Guinea Administrative Unit (ANGAU). Standing and looking on at rear (centre, right) is Corporal Rowley, a member of the 2/4th Field Ambulance, while a sign (left) points to the unit latrine. In the background, standing beside a native hut is a large pile of boxes containing ammunition, a state of affairs that probably breaches international covenants forbidding the presence of armaments in a designated Red Cross or medical area. (Donor A. Watson)
Click to enlarge Papua, New Guinea. 1942-08. One of the major problems of the campaign in New Guinea is the transport of supplies and native carriers have to be employed to traverse the narrow paths through the valleys and along the ridges in the Kokoda area. Here native carriers are seen lined up at a control point waiting for their loads.
Click to enlarge New Guinea. 3 November 1943. A Fuzzy Wuzzy native uses a banana leaf to protect an Australian soldier on a stretcher from the rays of the sun at a resting point in a forward area in the Upper Ramu Valley advance.
Click to enlarge Bulldog Road, New Guinea, 1943-07-18. Natives carrying compressor parts, negotiate a narrow and dangerous ledge about a mile south of Eggleston's Gap. This ledge varies from 18" to 2 feet wide.

Note the dangerous drop that one misplaced step would take you over.

Note the back to front slouch hat on one bearer

Click to enlarge Mubo, New Guinea, 1943-07-27. "The village Square" 2/5th battalion, quartermaster's store where goods are checked for despatch by native carriers to the front line at Mount Tambu and Goodview. Photograph shows Australian troops briefing a line of native carriers. Shown are 1-8:- VX43880 corporal AE Tierney; NX90799 Private AF Lester; VX5215 Private A. S. Roberts; VX4246 Lieutenant D. L. Whitaker; VX38960 Sergeant J. M. Taylor; VX3681 Sergeant J. D. Baxter; V504081 Warrant Officer E. Britten; Sergeant l. Barker.

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