Tag: Peter & Kay Forwood

US Marines Invade Mogadishu 9 December 1992 to Break Famine

On 9 December 1992, the US Marines entered Mogadishu, Somalia to break the civil war caused famine. The US left Somalia a little more than a year later after the warlords and many of the citizens of Somalia turned on their famine relievers.

Check out Peter & Kay Forwood’s ride in Somaliland for a taste of the area.

Read about the Battle of Mogadishu in Black Hawk Down one of the best contemporary accounts of war I’ve ever read. Or watch the movie. Or do both.

Image credit: United States Military Academy at West Point, NY – Department of History

9 December 1942 Australians Capture Gona from Japanese

I know very little about the Pacific campaign in WWII, but have begun reading some of the online resources about it. I knew the Japanese had threatened mainland Australia from Papua and I knew the Australians fought hard in securing Papua, but I didn’t know any of the specifics. Anyway, enough of what I didn’t know, because there is a lot I don’t know.

Today is the anniversary of the Australians taking Gona, Papua. Read more, here.

If you want to know more about motorcycling in Papua, check out Peter & Kay Forwood.

Image credit: United States Military Academy at West Point, NY – Department of History– Atlas of WWII – Asian\Pacific Theater

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