This podcast episode by Warwick O’Neill from the Australian Military History podcast tells the incredible story of Australian photographer Damien Parer and his war. Having made a reputation in the fledgling Australian film industry, Parer was selected as an official war photographer for the Department of Information. He would go on to record many of the iconic images of Australian troops in that war. He also created over 20 films, including the famous Kokoda Front Line! (1942). But the bureaucracy of the DoI would eventually see Parer resign and take up a role with Paramount News, a move which would bring about his untimely death on the island of Peleliu.
Damien Parer’s Iconic Images
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