Censorship in the Solomons 1939 – 1945 with Ian Kimmerly

Join the British Empire Study Group (BESG) on June 13 (today) at 6 p.m. ET for an engaging presentation by noted historian and philatelist Ian Kimmerly, titled “Censorship in the Solomons 1939 – 1945.”

Kimmerly will explore the intriguing history of wartime censorship in the Solomon Islands, spanning from the days before Pearl Harbor through the various occupations. The talk will include fascinating details about how every piece of communication, even messages written on coconuts, was scrutinized and subject to censorship.
The Solomon Islands, or the Solomons, consist of six major islands and over 900 smaller ones, located in Oceania, northeast of Australia and west of Papua New Guinea. Known for their lush landscapes and historical significance, these former British islands are renowned for the Battle of Guadalcanal, where future U.S. President John F. Kennedy narrowly escaped death. The islands also served as the setting for the 1998 film “The Thin Red Line,” which depicted the Battle of Mount Austen, a key part of the Guadalcanal Campaign.

In addition to his insights on censorship, Kimmerly will also display some intriguing forgeries. Whether you are a collector of Solomon Islands memorabilia or simply interested in wartime history, this presentation promises to be captivating and informative.

The presentation is open to anyone interested, and is free. To register, click here.


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