Looking for 2/8th Infantry Battalion Families and Friends

Discussion in 'Australian' started by 2nd8th, Feb 27, 2014.

  1. 2nd8th

    2nd8th New Member

    Hi there (this is my first post),

    My grandfather Norm Knopp was a member of the 2/8th Australian Infantry Battalion, D company, 16th Platoon - Norm is today 97yo and still doing well in his home town of Echuca.

    Anyway, I am writing up his memoirs after we did an "ask me anything" session on reddit (http://www.reddit.co..._who_fought_in/). I think many of you may be interested in Norm's stories. I have also been doing other interviews with him and am reaching out to other 2/8th vets to interview too - they're not easy to find but I spent a great 4 hours with Dick Browne from C Company last Sunday.

    If any of you know of any vets I could get in touch with, I would be grateful for any contact details. I've been going through the online resources and the battalion history book and have spoken to Keith Hill (who is/was the secretary of the Association) about putting the book and records online onto a website so the children, grandchildren and great grand children can read about the history and see the pictures all together.

    As a start, I've created a Facebook Page for the Batallion, https://www.facebook.com/2nd8th which is a good way for those interested to be able to converse easily and share photos etc. I would love for any families, friends or the vets themselves to share stories on the page and would be interested in anything they could provide for the book I am working on with Norm - hopefully it will pay a fitting tribute to all who served in the 2/8th.

    Please be in touch if you can help, the facebook page will likely be the best way to keep in touch.

    All the best,


    p.s. have attached a recoloured picture of Norm with Les Dick and Sam Eaton following their rescue of Don Tucker in January 1945.

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