Dennis Davis - Joining the AIF

Running time
1 min 16 sec
Date made
Department of Veterans' Affairs


I said to my girlfriend I'd rather volunteer than to be conscripted and that was when Rommel, not Rommel, Hitler was in Poland coming down into France, you know, so I went down to join the RAAF so I went down there to join up and I did all the medication [sic] and they found I was colour blind and said "You can't go in aircrew but we'll still take you, you can be a clerk or a mess orderly." Well I didn't want to join the air force to be a clerk or a mess orderly, I was already a clerk, so I said "Thanks but no thanks" and I went back to work.

And then of course Hitler came in and Dunkirk came and I thought things are getting serious now so I went down to the Commonwealth Bank building up in Martin Place and I went to Martin Place at lunchtime and joined the AIF and that's really what happened. It wasn't any thought of having great fun. I can never believe that. It was just something that had to be done.

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