Bill Carty: Anzac Day 2020

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Hear from veterans, their loved ones and those on the home front about their most unforgettable memories of wartime.


Intro: Anzac Day 2020, commemorating the 75th Anniversary of the end of the Second World War.

Mat McLachlan: I'm Mat McLachlan. On Anzac Day, we remember all Australians who have served our country. As a cinematographer during the Second World War, Bill Carty saw it all. But the one assignment that truly stood out for Bill was the surrender on September the 2nd, 1945.

Bill Carty: The Missouri was packed to the rafters with all the brass – the Australian brass – and Americans and other nations were all lined up behind the table. We had cameramen at various parts of the deck; mine was about 15 feet above the table. But we were told that if we moved out of position, we'd be thrown off the ship. Everyone was set up and we were waiting for Macarthur to come out, and this Russian photographer moved out – and of course the Americans were moving in to whizz him out. But the Russian representative said: "He stays". And he stayed. 15 minutes later, Macarthur strode out onto the deck, sat down, and he signed the papers, and so did the other Japanese. And then each country's representative moved in also and signed their signature. And when it was over, Macarthur told the correspondents that from now on, they could move anywhere they liked in Japan.

Outro: Lest we forget.

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