Chester Wilmot

Chester Wilmot
Chester Wilmot


Wilmot was an outstanding broadcaster for the ABC during World War II, reporting first from both the Middle East and Papua New Guinea.

He pioneered front-line interviews, often punctuated by the sounds of battle, during the campaigns in North Africa, Greece and Syria in 1941.

Later, covering the Pacific war, he accompanied Australian troops during bitter fighting along the Kokoda Track.

In 1944, reporting for the BBC, he landed in Normandy by glider on D-Day (June 6).

His 1952 book The Struggle for Europe received wide acclaim.

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