Peter Jesser: The PIB & mental health

Posted on: Mon 28 Mar 2022

The Papuan Infantry Battalion of WW2 witnessed many atrocities committed by the Japanese invaders.  How did they deal with it?  What happened after the war?   Peter says that a golden opportunity was missed by PNG after the war to involve PIB Veterans in the leadership of their country. Why?

Interviewer Louise Jesser (Peter’s sister)

Photos from AWM:

Feb 1944 New Guinea. These three Sergeants of the Papuan Infantry Battalion are proud of their rank. They are typical of the members of the force, all of whom are men of good physique. Left to right: Sergeant (Sgt) Gabriel; Sgt Francis; Sgt Hacia.       Oct 1943 New Guinea,  Major Harold Jesser

Service Voices

Other stories