dictatorship; in the words of Clark Lee each gang member "carries a chip on both shoulders". The Japanese landing at Milne Bay, on the eastern tip of Papua, hampered Allied operations on the Kokoda Track further. It lay beyond the extent to which the Royal Navy could project naval power. The men that had been recruited until that point were grouped together into the 6th Division, labeled in succession after the five Australian divisions sent overseas during the First World War. Menzies announced on that Australia's participation in the scheme would set Australia on the path to becoming a great air power, and would be "a powerful deterrent against aggression". Defence spending had increased as events revealed war on the horizon, but spending was less than other dominions of the British Commonwealth not in the perilous position Australia was.
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It is my melancholy duty to officially inform you that as a consequence of persistence by Germany in her invasion of Poland, Great Britain has declared war on her and as a result Australia is at war. Recruiting for the 2nd AIF was less than expected, much less than 20,000 men. Horii's force, recently reinforced, amounted to five battalions. The majority of the track is covered by a thick mire that slurped and oozed with each step. The Australian government retained the right to decide if a vessel can leave Australian waters or not.