Fuzzy Wuzzy Appeal Badge
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During WWII the population of New Guinea fought alongside Australian Soldiers against the ‘Japanese Invaders’. Known as ‘Fuzzy Wuzzy Angels’- the name given by Australian soldiers to Papua New Guinean war carriers (stretcher bearers), who during WWII, were recruited to bring supplies up to the front and carry injured Australian troops down the Kokoda Trail during the Kokoda Campaign. Strong friendships were formed between Diggers and the Angels.
A charity appeal was launched in 1950 – 1953 to raise funds for these PNG Nationals. This badge is dated 1951. Official recognition was given to PNG in 2008 for their people’s contribution to the WWII effort and a Fuzzy Wuzzy medallion was awarded from 2009 to all living Papua New Guineans who assisted. A statue was erected in 2015 at the Kokada Track.