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Veterans return to the battle grounds in East Timor

Veterans return to the battle grounds in East Timor

Updated 28 August 2012, 22:33 AEST

A group of veterans has returned to the northern Australian city of Darwin after an emotional visit to the battle grounds in East Timor, where they fought in World War Two.

The men of operation 'Sparrow Force' were few in number, but successfully delayed the advance of more than 20-thousand Japanese troops towards Australia in 1942.

This trip marks the 70th anniversary of Australia's engagement in World War Two on the island.

Correspondent: Stephanie March

Speakers: Keith Hayes and Ian Hampel, World War Two veterans; Dianne Lowry, Lieutenant Commander ADF

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