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The Coast Watching Organisation was developed by the Naval Intelligence Division of the Royal Australian Navy to provide information of any enemy activity in or near Australia.
In the forward to the 1946 edition of Eric Feldt's The Coastwatchers, Lieutenant Commander Gill writes:-
At the outbreak of the Second World War in 1939, Eric Feldt was appointed to 'extend the existing Coast Watching Organisation in the Territories and Solomon Islands, select and appoint personnel, and place teleradios at strategic points so as to establish a reporting screen and communications network effectively covering the northern and north-eastern approaches to Australia, giving warning of any possible impending attack and protecting the country against surprise of any sort in its most vulnerable quarter.'
In 1942, as the islands were overrun by the Japanese, coastwatchers remained and reported Japanese activity from behind enemy lines. Some were captured and executed by the Japanese, some were successfully evacuated and as the war progressed other parties were sent into occupied areas to establish coast watching posts.
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