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Allen, Arthur Samuel (1894-1959)

"Tubby" Allen commanded the Australian 7 Division at the time of the Kokoda campaign. A plump, amiable officer whose watchword was "Keep smiling," he led the retreat from Kokoda to Imita Ridge, where he told one of his brigadiers, "There won't be any withdrawal from the Imita position, Ken. You'll die there if necessary. You understand that?"

Allen was relieved of command on 27 October 1942 after his advancing troops were stopped by well-entrenched Japanese troops at Oiva. Ironically, he was relieved just as his troops were breaking into Oiva and turning the Japanese retreat into a rout.

Service record

1894     

Born
1933
Brigadier     
Commander, 14 Brigade
1939

Commander, 16 Brigade, Middle East
1940

Acting commander, 6 Division
1941
Major general     
Commander, 7 Division
1943

Commander, Northern Territory Force
1945

Retired
1959

Dies


References

Generals.dk (accessed 2007-12-27)

Mayo (1974)



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