Thursday Island is located in the Torres
Straits off the Cape York Peninsula and Horn Island in Queensland in Australia. Located to the north is Hammond Island.
On October 5, 1942, the U. S. Army established administrative HQ in the court house
building on Thursday Island under the commanded of Col. Langford. The island was supposed to be defended by white soldiers, with Torres
Straights Infantry company as a reserve force. If the Japanese
attempted to occupy the island, the defenders were to destroy all boats.
Allied units based at Thursday Island
HQ Torres Straits Force
Coastal Defense Artillery (Turtle, Goods, Milman, Endeavour, King)
Anti-aircraft batteries 34, 35, 157
17th Australian Field Company
Torres Straights Infantry Company
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February 26, 2018