Seeing the thread on Milne Bay reminds me of an old neighbor that my wife takes shopping once a week because he can no longer drive to the supermart. Harry invited us over for afternoon tea occasionally to say thanks. On one visit I was looking at his 2nd World War photo of himself in army uniform and asked what he did in the war. He said that he was at Milne Bay. He went on to tell me that they had Vickers machine guns set up in the sandhills behind sandbags and when the Japanese marines came ashore they mowed them down in their hundreds. He said that it was such a massacre that him and the boys became very frightened at what they were doing. He said that in war it kinda seemed like some casualties were a price to pay to inflict greater destruction on the enemy. But when it was so one sided it was like they expected to get into trouble for doing it. He said they felt ashamed after, when they looked at all the bodies. This reminds be of another action in southern Malaya in the state of Johore where it was approaching the causeway south to Singapore. Australian infantry mostly just boys had set up an ambush with half a dozen Bren guns on a narrow gravel road. Next thing along came hundreds of Japanese infantry on bicycles with their rifles slung on their backs. The Australians opened fire at point blank range. The carnage was unbelievable and the Japs kept coming as barrels ran hot. Riding around their fallen they seemed to be oblivious to the slaughter as they were mowed down in their hundreds. The young soldier telling the story said that him and his mates became very frightened at what they did and finally ran from the scene. He said that after all the defeats and retreating, to win something so one sided, didn't seem right.