Peter Jesser: The Papuan Infantry Battalion Part 2

Posted on: Mon 17 Feb 2020

Part 2 takes us deep into enemy held territory with the PIB utilising their guerrilla tactics to harass the enemy.  A name befitting these brave men of the PIB was coined by the Japanese, “Green Shadows”.  It was said they came from the shadows, fired a shot, and faded back into the shadows, like ghosts.  The men of the PIB used their battle cry to good effect, and were feared by the Japanese.  From Port Moresby to Bougainville the PIB mopped up the Japanese resistance, earning along the way many medals and citations for acts of bravery under fire. Peter’s father, Major Harold Jesser was awarded the Military Cross.

Note from Louise Jesser:   I had great pleasure interviewing my brother Peter Jesser about the PIB and our father, Major Harold Jesser MC, and his involvement in the Battalion during World War 2.

Photo:  L to R – Peter Jesser Army Veteran, Major Harold Jesser MC WW2 Veteran, Louise Jesser Service Voices Presenter.   Photo of HJ Jesser from AWM copyright expired


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