Australia in the Great War : Latest News Australia in the Great War : Latest News CHRISTMAS AT WAR Christmas Eve will bring the promise of presents, sugar and blockbusters galore to follow. At this time of year it’s important to remember our troops at home and abroad. Thu, 26 Nov 2015 09:27:43 +1100 THE GREATER SACRIFICE Though often overlooked the Western Front represents a far greater sacrifice of young men than the Gallipoli Campaign. Thu, 14 Jul 2016 09:12:17 +1000 RETIRED COUPLE GIVE ALL FOR POZIERES' LOST DIGGERS On the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Pozieres you can be part of creating a lasting tribute to the diggers who lay unnamed and unmarked in the fields near the tiny French village of Pozieres. Thu, 21 Jul 2016 15:18:17 +1000 Film Festival Tells Vets’ Stories A year 12 student’s short film inspired by his grandfather’s stories of WWII is just one of many feature-length and short films screening at the Australian War Memorial in October as part of this year’s Veterans’ Film Festival.’-Stories.html Wed, 28 Sep 2016 15:58:14 +1000 REMEMBERING ALL CREATURES GREAT AND SMALL On Remembrance Day Queensland police dog handler Nigel Allsopp wants Australians to remember more than just the men and women who serve our country. Mon, 31 Oct 2016 13:03:16 +1100 YOUR STORY COULD FINISH THE BEAR Can you help finish Australia’s first greatcoat Great War bear? The people behind the hugely successful Australia in the Great War initiative want your suggestion for the bear's colour patch. You can make this bear part of your family's story. Wed, 07 Dec 2016 09:44:33 +1100 Ministers calls for more businesses to support Vets The Minister for Veterans Affairs, Dan Tehan, is calling for more businesses to get behind the veteran jobs initiative deigned to help Vets transition from Service to civilian employment. Do you know of or have a business that can help our veterans? Mon, 09 Jan 2017 12:19:31 +1100 Selection trials for Invictus Games 2017 Around 80 current and former Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel who have been wounded, injured or become ill in service are competing for a place in the 40-strong team heading to the 2017 Invictus Games in Canada. Mon, 09 Jan 2017 12:40:45 +1100 Australia Under Attack – Japan Bombs Japan's air raid on Darwin in the Northern Territory on 19 February 1942 was the first of almost 100 such raids across the top of Australia. Australians were no longer simply defending the Empire. They were defending their home.–-Japan-Bombs.html Thu, 16 Feb 2017 01:22:33 +1100 100 Years of Anzac Spirit Continues in 2017 By allowing Australians share pride in the Anzac spirit, the current centenary commemorations are helping people see that all who serve carry forward the traditions and values we remember in the Great War. Fri, 17 Feb 2017 09:11:14 +1100 Thank You. Vietnam Veterans’ Day Between 1962 and 1975 almost 60,000 Australians, including ground troops and air force and navy personnel, served in Vietnam. More than 3,000 were wounded and 521 died as a result of their service. Tue, 15 Aug 2017 09:20:09 +1000 THE LIGHT HORSE'S GREAT CHARGE 99 YEARS ON On 31 October 1917 Brigadier-General William Grant ordered the Light Horse mounted infantry at Beersheba to stay in the saddle and charge the Turkish defences using bayonets for swords. The last great cavalry charge was both unexpected and successful.'S-GREAT-CHARGE-99-YEARS-ON-.html Wed, 28 Oct 2015 16:28:28 +1100 THE FIGHTING QUINNS These brave men were my grandfather, William and his brothers. We remember them in the Anzac Centenary. Mon, 02 Nov 2015 12:34:08 +1100 VIETNAM - THE WAR AUSTRALIA WON Australia won its war in Vietnam. We joined the war to help stop the fighting in South Vietnam. This mission was accomplished in 1973 after which Australia withdrew from the conflict. Wed, 17 Aug 2016 10:12:14 +1000 NOT JUST DRESSING UP Some Great War reenactors have served. Some are still serving. And many have never worn a uniform other than the replica they wear when they get together. So why do they do it? It’s not cheap. Reenactor Mark White tells Military Voice why. Tue, 06 Dec 2016 13:02:54 +1100 WE REMEMBER THEM November marked 75 years since the loss of both HMAS Sydney with all hands off the Western Australian coast, and HMAS Parramatta and 138 crew in the Mediterranean. We remember them. Tue, 06 Dec 2016 13:13:40 +1100 REACH FOR THE SKY Whereas once the idea of flying your own military aircraft was but a dream for most, today the cost of a high performance ex-service jet or historic Air Force workhorse can be less than a city bedsit unit. Tue, 06 Dec 2016 14:18:37 +1100 Welcome Home 30 Years On The idea for 18 August as Vietnam Veterans’ Day has its roots in the 1987 welcome home march. In the crowd of 110,000 was Prime Minister Bob Hawke, who soon after the parade declared that Long Tan Day on 18 August should be for all veterans. Tue, 15 Aug 2017 09:24:23 +1000 CHRISTMAS: THE HARDEST TIME Despite walking through desolated wilderness, and having already crossed the Nullarbor once, Hardman won’t be alone this Christmas. But in houses, farms and campsites across Australia there are veterans alone and isolated amongst their own families. Thu, 26 Nov 2015 10:26:14 +1100 BRINGING THEM HOME These men gave their lives without a second thought for themselves, so that Australia would remain free. Mon, 04 Jan 2016 11:35:47 +1100 US GRAND STRATEGY, ALLIANCES AND TRUMP Trump’s recent statements about US foreign policy serve to open up a point of electoral differentiation... But they also raise a deeper, more fundamental question: are we entering a new era of US grand strategy?,-ALLIANCES-AND-TRUMP.html Mon, 04 Apr 2016 12:37:57 +1000 BARNEY AT POZIERES PTE Barney Hines, 45th Battalion – an Aussie "Character" who fought at Pozieres 100 years ago this Saturday: Fri, 22 Jul 2016 09:25:15 +1000 DEFENCE ON-BOARD FOR 2017 VETERANS' FILM FESTIVAL Great News. The Vice Chief of the Australian Defence Force, Vice Admiral Ray Griggs, says Defence will partner with the Veteran's Film Festival in 2017.'-FILM-FESTIVAL.html Mon, 31 Oct 2016 12:52:00 +1100 YOU WALKED THE BRIDGE. NOW ROCK THE SHIP Spend a night with some of Australia’s best singers on board HMAS CANBERRA on Sydney Harbour and enjoy a never to be repeated musical experience. The concert celebrates 100 years of support for veterans and families. Fully catered. Tickets only $125. Fri, 18 Nov 2016 10:30:16 +1100 MORE THAN JOBS FOR THE BOYS OR GIRLS Soldier On is helping veterans make the leap from service life to civilian employment as part of Prime Minister Turnbull's plan to support the more than 5,000 people who leave Defence every year. Tue, 06 Dec 2016 13:45:51 +1100 Vietnam: 50th Anniversary Operation Bribie Like most actions of the Vietnam War Operation Bribie is not truly understood or considered by those not connected to service.  Yet it is battle that exemplifies the resolve of ordinary Australian soldiers in the face of adversity. Thu, 16 Feb 2017 14:47:28 +1100 Battle of Milne Bay The Battle of Milne Bay in August and September 1942 was a milestone in Australia’s War in the Pacific, and a major morale boost for Allies fighting the seeming unstoppable Japanese. For the first time a Japanese amphibious invading force was defeated. Tue, 15 Aug 2017 09:23:02 +1000 CHILDREN OF THE FALLEN VISIT THE FRONT While thousands of Australians have made a pilgrimage to the Western Front for the centenary, the Legacy Tour is special in that the tour members are "Legacy Kids" - young people who lost a parent serving with the Australian Defence Force. Mon, 02 Nov 2015 12:07:12 +1100 MARCH OF THE DUNGAREES November 16, 2015 marked the 100th anniversary of the March of the Dungarees, an historic event in the history of Queensland. Mon, 16 Nov 2015 09:13:25 +1100 THE STORY OF THE LONG TAN CROSS The Long Tan cross stands as a potent symbol of Australia’s War in Vietnam. Wed, 17 Aug 2016 10:40:04 +1000 WHO GETS THE MEDALS? What happens when two or more adult children believe they are ‘entitled’ to mum or dad’s service medals? If you work in medal restoration and mounting you hear these stories often enough. Thu, 29 Sep 2016 11:58:17 +1000 TANKS FOR THE MEMORIES Life goes on for many retired Second World War tanks. For some it was museums or parks. For others it is restoration by private collectors. And for others it was a farm shed overhaul and life on the land. And for others a little bit of it all. Tue, 06 Dec 2016 13:57:04 +1100 Op Bribie Remembered by B Coy OC The former O.C. of B Company 6RAR, who led his men into battle during Operation Bribie on 17 February 1967, continues to honour his men and their memory 50 years on. Fri, 17 Feb 2017 11:32:54 +1100 First Western Front Memorial for War Animals The Australian War Animal Memorial Organisation (AWAMO) recently opened the first war animal memorial on the Western Front to recognise animals from all nations that were involved in the Great War. Tue, 15 Aug 2017 09:23:19 +1000 AN OLD MAN OF THE BUSH He was a simple man of the bush who, despite his advanced years, answered the call when his country asked and thought his skills could somehow make a difference. Tue, 03 Nov 2015 14:31:41 +1100 A CENTENARY AND THE FUTURE OF WAR Great social and economic changes unfolded in the century between the end of the Napoleonic wars and the onset of WWI. Mon, 04 Apr 2016 14:34:36 +1000 THE LONG TAN FALLEN These men paid the ultimate sacrifice at Long Tan. Thu, 14 Jul 2016 12:50:46 +1000 7,000 CROSSES FOR THE POZIERES FALLEN For the first time in 100 years 4,112 men whose bodies have never been found on the battlefield of Pozieres had a cross placed to demote that they lay there. Fri, 22 Jul 2016 10:41:17 +1000 THE ART OF REMEMBRANCE One artist dedicated part of every day for a year to remembering those who serve with amazing original poppy artworks. Sale of the artworks is helping Legacy. Mon, 31 Oct 2016 12:16:04 +1100 THE GREAT WAR: ARE WE REALLY GETTING IT? The Great War was more than a handful of battles. It was four years of daily slog for millions - at home and on the front. Schools are using the Great War diaries to give students a better understanding of life in the war years. Mon, 31 Oct 2016 13:17:54 +1100 JUST TO RE-CAP Baseball caps are as much a part of military dress today as are boots. For more than 150 years the cap has evolved from a game hat to become a staple in military, policing and emergency service uniforms. Tue, 06 Dec 2016 14:11:02 +1100 The Fall of Singapore With the Fall of Singapore on 15 February 1942 Australia knew it could no longer rely on Britain's support to protect it from the advancing Japanese military. Some 130,000 troops, including almost 15,000 Australians, were surrendered. Wed, 15 Feb 2017 11:10:30 +1100 Sneak Peek at Flying Corp Bear Lieut. Hendy shares the story of the Flying Corps and Australia’s early adoption of military flying. All pilots of the A.F.C. were officers of the Australian Imperial Force. Tue, 15 Aug 2017 09:23:44 +1000 NEW HONOURS FOR 10 LONG TAN VETERANS Minister for Defence Personnel, Dan Tehan, will recommend 10 soldiers who fought in the Battle of Long Tan be awarded a military honour or have their existing honour upgraded. Wed, 10 Aug 2016 16:26:32 +1000 THEIR STORY LIVES IN THOSE WHO SHARE Sharing the story of service in Vietnam within the families of our Vietnam Veterans has been made easier with the release of an exclusive Vietnam Infantry “J” Bear. Thu, 29 Sep 2016 09:11:39 +1000 1942 Our Navy's War In 1942 the Royal Australian Navy faced a new and powerful enemy – the Imperial Japanese Navy and its powerful land and sea-borne Air Service. In 1942 four of five major R.A.N ships lost were lost to the Pacific War.'s-War.html Thu, 16 Feb 2017 15:33:00 +1100 Darwin becomes an amazing military collectable Australian-Swiss watch designer BAUSELE will use steel from HMAS Darwin in the creation of a unique watch to commemorate the ship's decommissioning in December 2017. Tue, 15 Aug 2017 09:24:10 +1000 HMAS CANBERRA – anniversary Earlier this month Navy personnel from HMAS SUCCESS, along with crew from the current HMAS CANBERRA laid wreaths over the wreck site 25-kilometres north of Honiara on the Solomon Islands. HMAS CANBERRA (I) rests about 760 metres below the sea in Iron Bott–-anniversary.html Tue, 15 Aug 2017 09:23:56 +1000 VET SAYS YOUNG PEOPLE ARE INTERESTED IN VIETNAM Operation BRIBIE Commander Ian Mackay is no stranger to talking about Vietnam. He is often called on to address, school, corporate and veteran audiences to share his insights and experiences, both as a military commander and as a successful business leade Wed, 17 Aug 2016 10:18:40 +1000 LONG TAN BATTLE SKETCHES These sketches detail the movements of Australian and enemy troops during the Battle of Long Tan. Thu, 14 Jul 2016 12:11:03 +1000 PM RECOGNISES YOUR EFFORTS: THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT Prime Minister accepts Trooper Jones Bear and recognises that history is helping Soldier On help today's veterans and their families deal with the trauma of PTSD. Fri, 26 Feb 2016 15:32:57 +1100 READ THE GOVERNOR-GENERAL'S LONG TAN SPEECH "Essentially we are about as old as were the World War I veterans when many of us served in Vietnam. We are now considerably older than most of the World War II veterans were when we came back from the Vietnam War."'S-LONG-TAN-SPEECH.html Fri, 19 Aug 2016 11:06:31 +1000 NASHO FIRED THE FIRST SHOT AT LONG TAN Allen May, D Coy forward scout, is most likely the man who fired the first shot at the Battle of Long Tan. Wed, 17 Aug 2016 11:00:59 +1000 An impression that lasts is also affordable Medallions, or coins as they are sometimes referred to, are easily one of the most collected, shared and awarded items in Australia’s military, if not the world’s. Wed, 28 Sep 2016 16:44:17 +1000 12 MILLION CUPS TO VICTORY During the Somme winter conditions were atrocious immediately behind the front lines. Next time you sit in a coffee shop, imagine yourself on the front lines of the Great War in 1916. Mon, 02 Nov 2015 13:32:33 +1100 WILL THE GUNS STOP THIS CHRISTMAS The 1914 Christmas ceasefire is now legend. They emerged some say on Christmas eve or Christmas Day from their trenches and walked into no-man’s-land and for that moment became just men again, not soldiers. Mon, 07 Dec 2015 14:28:13 +1100 TOP SECRET INTELLIGENCE The “Set Room” of 547 Signal Troop based at Nui Dat, intercepted radio communications of enemy transmissions. Thu, 14 Jul 2016 12:49:11 +1000 BEAR PATCHES: YOU SPOKE WE LISTENED Thank you all. After hundreds of heartfelt suggestions and a flurry of Facebook comments and Likes the vote for a colour patch to adorn the newest Australia in the Great War collector bear came down to just two Battalions – the 9th and the 25th. Mon, 19 Dec 2016 14:36:19 +1100 Stand Up Whether you’re a veteran, a veteran’s family member or descendant, or simply share pride in Australian military service, Anzac Day is a time to stand up and be counted. This year you can wear your pride. Fri, 31 Mar 2017 14:08:51 +1100 McCrae’s other legacy For almost 100 years we have honoured John McCrae through the poppy – even if unwittingly. It is fitting to honour his art.  His last recorded poem before he died of pneumonia on the Western Front on 28 January 1918 is ‘The Anxious Dead’. Fri, 31 Mar 2017 12:30:21 +1100 Give a Toss. Every Penny Counts Hopefully the community will ‘Give a Toss’ for veterans this Anzac Day and help those veteran organisations dedicated to helping our former servicemen and women and their families. Fri, 31 Mar 2017 13:07:10 +1100 Spit and polish for Anzac Day On behalf of the team at Military Voice we wish all veterans a day of mateship and family.  For those gone we will remember you always. Fri, 31 Mar 2017 13:35:26 +1100 A story worth sharing The Light Horse evokes a sense of great horsemanship and courage, and of a powerful bond between men and their trusted Waler mounts. Fri, 31 Mar 2017 14:23:34 +1100 TERRORIST THREAT EN ROUTE TO GALLIPOLI COMMEMORATIONS The Minister for Veteran Affairs, Dan Tehan, and Minister for Foreign Affairs, Julie Bishop, have issued a warning of potential terrorist attacks against Australians and others making the pilgrimage to Gallipoli for Anzac Day commemorations. Fri, 07 Apr 2017 09:26:36 +1000 A NATION'S SPORTSMAN, ALBERT JACKA VC Jacka’s legacy lives on in the Anzac Centenary with several communities unveiling new statues or commissioning paintings of the nation's sportsman.'S-SPORTSMAN,-ALBERT-JACKA-VC.html Thu, 29 Oct 2015 12:54:48 +1100 THE LOVE OF A TEDDY BEAR Each bear has been lovingly designed as a historically accurate reflection of uniforms worn by the AIF during the Great War. The bears have gathered a cult following thanks to its support for modern Diggers and the close attention to historical detail. Fri, 30 Oct 2015 09:19:30 +1100 SHADOW OF THE FALLEN Many families will be reflecting on the shadow of 1916 this Anzac Day. On Remembrance Day 2015 we encouraged you all to reflect on the long shadow cast by war and conflict over our nation’s history. Images like this are even more relevant in 2016. Tue, 10 Nov 2015 11:07:48 +1100 THE DREADED PINK TELEGRAM Apart from normal services, the Great War saw the country’s post offices with special roles. Perhaps the saddest was delivering a dreaded ‘pink telegram’. The arrival of a uniformed junior postal worker on a bicycle was often a devastating sign. Tue, 27 Oct 2015 23:23:47 +1100 A MOTHER'S SORROW He left his home in health and strength; to answer his country’s call; He gave his life, he gave his best; For you for me for all; On Australia’s Roll Of Honour; You’ll find our dear boy’s name.'S-SORROW.html Wed, 28 Oct 2015 14:14:44 +1100 VETERAN WALKS ACROSS AUSTRALIA Ex-Infantryman Royce Hardman is walking around Australia to raise awareness and funds for PTSD. He will be accompanied on his solo treck by best mate Trigger, a two year-old pedigree Blue American Staffy. Wed, 11 Nov 2015 15:16:59 +1100 THE GREAT WAR DIARY The Great War Diary is a five volume compendium that tells the story of Australia in the Great War through the eyes of would-be journalist, aspiring artist and young soldier, Private John Murray. Mon, 02 Nov 2015 12:05:38 +1100 DELIVERING FOR TODAY'S DIGGERS A small family company, based just 10 minutes from Defence Headquarters in Canberra, that has worked in and around military commemorations for more than three decades is leading the charge in helping Australians commemorate the Anzac Centenary.'S-DIGGERS.html Thu, 29 Oct 2015 16:30:56 +1100 LOCAL GOVERNMENT URGED TO LEAD IN ANZAC CENTENARY One of Australia’s leading military historians and authors is urging local government to take the lead in getting the community engaged in the Anzac Centenary. Graham Wilson, an ex-intelligence Warrant Officer and passionate historian, says he is concer Wed, 28 Oct 2015 16:18:40 +1100 HEROIC NURSES SURVIVE SINKING SHIP The Mooltan then sailed for India with 300 more nurses aboard. That was when it was attacked and sunk by an enemy submarine near the Suez Canal. Thu, 29 Oct 2015 16:48:48 +1100 AUSSIES UNDER FIRE "LIKE RAIN ON WATER" IN AFGHAN AMBUSH On 26 August 2008, 1 Troop SASR, made up of four six-man patrols, flew 80km to American Forward Operating Base Anaconda near Khas Uruzghan intent on finding a Taliban leader they thought was in the area. Fri, 06 Nov 2015 14:25:19 +1100 YOUR MEDALS MANAGE THE RISK Former Victorian Policeman, Arthur Mitchell, has hundreds of stories about lost service medals. From families fighting over ownership and “cutting-up” the set; coats with medals attached being lost on “big days out” or theft. Thu, 29 Oct 2015 16:45:25 +1100 AUSTRALIAN FLYING ACES The pilots of the Australian Flying Corps performed valiantly during the Great War 1914-1918. Around 800 officers and over 2,800 men served in the Australian Flying Corps. The corps was succeeded by the modern Royal Australian Air Force in March 1921. Wed, 28 Oct 2015 11:24:53 +1100 DOCTORS AT WAR The most feared injuries were facial wounds and plastic surgery techniques were barely available. The experience of Australian doctors was often terrible, most were accustomed to stable and well resourced civilian hospitals. Wed, 28 Oct 2015 11:44:07 +1100 PORT PIRIE RSL MUSEUM The Port Pirie RSL Museum holds exhibits on Military History ranging from the Boer War to present day Afghanistan. It also includes exhibits on Australian peacekeeping missions. Wed, 28 Oct 2015 13:12:29 +1100 A WAYWARD TUNNELLER Leonard Harold Francis Fradd was born on the 21 February 1898. He had a fairly turbulent childhood. His experience of war seems to have worsened his predisposition to criminal behaviour. Wed, 28 Oct 2015 14:41:56 +1100 OSSIE, ALONZO & JUSTICE You may not believe it but according to a family legend there were three brothers named Ossie, Alonzo and Justice who each served in the Australian Imperial Force during the Great War 1914-1918. -ALONZO-JUSTICE.html Wed, 28 Oct 2015 15:29:47 +1100 ANZAC ALBANY The National Anzac Centre has been dedicated to honouring the Anzacs of the Great War. Set within Albany Heritage Park the centre now offers visitors a deeply personal connection with the Anzac legend. Wed, 28 Oct 2015 15:47:06 +1100 BEARS MARCHING OUT Victorians are experiencing retail success with the Australia in the Great War collection. Karen Davie of Teddy Bears on Main and travelling sales-couple Bev & Al of Bethgreglyn Coins & Collectables share their stories with you. Wed, 28 Oct 2015 15:52:52 +1100 BECOME A FRIEND OF THE RAAF MUSEUM The RAAF Museum tells one of Australia’s most important aviation stories, that of the second oldest air force in the world. Thu, 29 Oct 2015 12:23:37 +1100 OUR LAST ANZAC The inspiration behind many of our collections was born after our director, Stephen Davie, enjoyed an afternoon with Australia's last surviving Gallipoli Anzac, Alec Campbell. Thu, 29 Oct 2015 14:24:05 +1100 WRAP ROUND AN ELEPHANT TWICE AND A HALF Sometimes the well-intentioned efforts of novice knitters resulted in less than perfect results. The Australian Comforts fund was one of the largest voluntary organisations in Australian history. Thu, 29 Oct 2015 14:40:56 +1100 CHALLENGE COINS For individuals these coins come to symbolise bonds formed in battle or on missionary work far from home. These beautiful coins won’t readily be discarded and can even act as family mementos or heirlooms. Thu, 29 Oct 2015 15:59:03 +1100 RAAF SET THE BAR AGAINST ISLAMIC STATE Royal Australian Air Force aircraft set major milestones over Iraq with the Australian Air Task Group’s delivering 400 precision bombs and 14-million litres of in-air refuelling. Thu, 29 Oct 2015 16:37:57 +1100 HOW TO CHOOSE YOUR MILITARY SWORD When buying a sword, for uniform or collection, there can only be one rule - buy the best you can afford. A quality sword has a “feel” that lesser products just cannot match. Thu, 29 Oct 2015 16:39:15 +1100 ARMY GETS NEW CHINOOKS Boeing delivered the seventh and final new CH-47F Chinook to the Australian Army. Thu, 29 Oct 2015 16:40:45 +1100 THE EF88 ASSAULT RIFLE EXAMINED There are few things more precious and personal to a soldier than their rifle. They need it to function reliably, be easy to maintain, be accurate, prove lethal in combat, never be more than an arms-length away and, well, just feel ‘right’. Thu, 29 Oct 2015 16:44:23 +1100 EVOLVED SEA SPARROW MISSILES HMAS Melbourne’s MK-41 vertical launch system deployed the missiles, controlled in flight, resulting in successful engagements with the targets as part of her operational training program. Thu, 29 Oct 2015 16:47:28 +1100 RIDING TO RECOVER A group of six ex-service men and women, who had achieved so much serving in the Defence Force and Federal Police, faced one of the toughest battles of their lives. They were joined by world champion cyclist Cadel Evans. Thu, 29 Oct 2015 16:50:24 +1100 LONG HISTORY OF WOMEN'S CHARITIES Contrary to the common stereotype in Australia during the Great War women did not take over the jobs of the men who had gone to the front.'S-CHARITIES.html Thu, 29 Oct 2015 16:51:41 +1100 RUGBY, RUSSIANS & ISLAMIC STATE In the last few weeks Australian troops on the ground in Iraq seemed less concerned with grand military strategy than they were with the face-off against their oldest rival - the NZ rugby team and the glorious World Cup. Fri, 30 Oct 2015 15:02:23 +1100 ADF SCIENTISTS FIND CAFFEINE REDUCES DRIVER ERROR Coffee consumption was extremely common in the Great War 1914-1918. It has remained a favourite with the Diggers ever since. Mon, 02 Nov 2015 11:39:21 +1100 NEW AMPHIBIOUS CAPABILITY Australia’s newest military capability, the Amphibious Ready Element, has demonstrated its capacity in waters off the North Queensland coast. Mon, 02 Nov 2015 11:49:42 +1100 VETERANS IN EAST TIMOR A contingent of four former servicemen who served in East-Timor returned to the country. After almost seventy years Australia's mission in East Timor finally seems complete. Mon, 02 Nov 2015 11:55:04 +1100 VICTORIA CROSS RECIPIENTS SIGN SLOUCH HAT Australia’s four living Victoria Cross recipients have signed a slouch hat that is hoped will raise tens of thousands of dollars for Soldier On. Mon, 02 Nov 2015 11:58:03 +1100 COUNCILS HONOUR THE FALLEN Newspaper reports from a century ago remain as a testament to the dedication of councils and shires during the Great War. Mon, 02 Nov 2015 11:59:31 +1100 THE AUSTRALIAN INFANTRY The military traditions of most island nations are heavily centred on their Naval and Air forces. Despite being “Girt by Sea” the infantry forms the core of Australia’s military tradition and national identity. Mon, 02 Nov 2015 12:08:35 +1100 STATUES FOR VICTORIA CROSS RECIPIENTS Two men from what is now Loddon Shire were awarded the Victoria Cross for service in the Great War 1914-1918, they have both been honoured by the Loddon Shire Council with two bronze sculptures. Mon, 02 Nov 2015 12:09:09 +1100 SHELL SHOCKED The medical journal, The Lancet, published an article on shell-shock in February 1918. It noted "Nothing annoys a nervous patient more than the continual inquiries of his relatives and friends about his experiences of the front". Mon, 02 Nov 2015 12:09:47 +1100 LOCAL COUNCILS REMEMBER Local Government is showing remarkable leadership in national efforts to commemorate the Anzac Centenary, continuing a proud history dating back to the Great War itself. Mon, 02 Nov 2015 12:10:27 +1100 GOLDEN AGE OF THE BUSH Men and boys from country and rural areas were amongst the first to answer the call with famous recruitment marches. These marches saw the cream of the bush march off over vast distances to reach the nearest port. Mon, 02 Nov 2015 12:11:13 +1100 FARM BOYS GO TO WAR Lance Corporal Robinson served with the 25th Company Australian Machine Gun Corps and was wounded in action on the Western Front on 26 October 1917. Mon, 02 Nov 2015 12:12:30 +1100 BIG SACRIFICE FROM A SMALL TOWN Koo Wee Rup was just one out of hundreds of struggling farming communities that gave of their best men to the Great War. Mon, 02 Nov 2015 12:13:09 +1100 UNCLE HARRY NEVER CAME HOME Great uncle Harry was 22 years of age, as a child I thought of Harry as an adult, now as an elderly man I think of him as a brother to my sons, a boy who never came home. Mon, 02 Nov 2015 12:29:58 +1100 A NURSES VOYAGE Emily was discharged from the Army's Nursing staff in 1919 but continued to care for her boys at Caulfield Repatriation Hospital, where she met her future husband. Mon, 02 Nov 2015 12:30:55 +1100 A LONELY GRAVE The fourth time he was wounded in action would be his last. He was part of the battle inside the Belgium border near Ypres. He did not survive. Mon, 02 Nov 2015 12:32:31 +1100 A DIGGERS PLONK The loss of one beloved son at Pozieres was already too much without loosing a second. Mon, 02 Nov 2015 12:34:59 +1100 NO KNOWN GRAVE When he asked why it took nearly 100 years for someone to point out the error, I sadly realised that I am probably the first member of Isaac’s family to see his name on the cenotaph and Hall of Memory. Mon, 02 Nov 2015 12:37:25 +1100 LONG WAY FROM THE SEA Holbrook, NSW is home to an original above water line superstructure of the Oberon Class submarine HMAS OTWAY set within beautiful parkland. Mon, 02 Nov 2015 12:38:15 +1100 THE HARROWER COLLECTION The 9th Infantry Brigade has a special relationship to the Swansea RSL. As such this collection is currently on display at the Swansea RSL Club in New South Wales. Mon, 02 Nov 2015 12:38:52 +1100 AUSTRALIA'S RAILWAYMEN AT WAR The Company also faced treacherous conditions unrelated to the Germans. Heavy rains in October 1917 had caused problems for the light railways and lead to a number of derailments.'S-RAILWAYMEN-AT-WAR.html Mon, 02 Nov 2015 12:41:21 +1100 YOUNG SOLDIER IDENTIFIED AFTER 95 YEARS Sadly, his head stone is the only picture we have of him. There are no military head shots, nothing from the family albums, even the Army has no visual records of him. Whilst we have a brilliant shot of Franks brothers, who both served in the Great War, w Mon, 02 Nov 2015 12:42:28 +1100 THE DIGGERS GAME Back in Australia, Euchim War Game playing cards were invented in 1915 - 1916. They came in cardboard boxes of 50 and allowed seven different games to be played. Mon, 02 Nov 2015 12:43:54 +1100 FATHERS WITHOUT SONS Today, the Soldiers and Sailors Fathers Association is long forgotten. Yet the men in that organisation played an important role in supporting the Anzacs returning from the Great War 1914-1918. Mon, 02 Nov 2015 12:45:08 +1100 BADGE OF PRIDE Delivery was delayed due to power restrictions during "the strike" of 1919, and the contractor struggling to produce the necessary quality for the metal bars. Mon, 02 Nov 2015 12:46:49 +1100 WAR AND TREASURY BONDS Mon, 02 Nov 2015 12:47:36 +1100 CHARLIE BROWN GOES TO WAR Charlie was gassed whilst serving on the Western Front and suffered the legacy of gas poisoning for the rest of his life. Mon, 02 Nov 2015 13:24:39 +1100 1st CASUALTY CLEARING STATION AT GALLIPOLI The Casualty Clearing Station was to be the most forward unit where specialist surgeons, anaesthetists, nurses, radiologists and a dentist were to be found. Mon, 02 Nov 2015 13:26:34 +1100 COOKING UP A TREAT; RAIN, HAIL OR SHINE These women who served in the Great War were pioneers in Army catering. The Australian Army Catering Corps was formed during the Second World War, supplying nourishment to front line and other troops. Women were allowed to join the Corps in 1941 and 1942.;-RAIN,-HAIL-OR-SHINE.html Mon, 02 Nov 2015 13:27:47 +1100 WOMEN MAN THE HOME FRONT "The boys who do praise the organisers of the Comfort Fund are those fellows on their way back from the muddy trenches." Mon, 02 Nov 2015 13:29:09 +1100 SCHOOL KIDS ON THE HOME FRONT School girls at were encouraged to drop their traditional embroidery classes to make garments, shirts, underclothes and other necessities for the soldiers at the front. Another great contribution was knitting socks for the soldiers. Mon, 02 Nov 2015 13:31:04 +1100 QUEENSLAND SCHOOL ANSWERED THE CALL During his address Mr Story urged teachers, who were able to volunteer, to join the first Australian Imperial Force. He promised to help them to enlist. Mon, 02 Nov 2015 13:34:49 +1100 TRAGEDY OF AMBO'S AT WAR Anzac father and son volunteered to serve at Gallipoli in the distinguished 3rd Field Ambulance Unit. The son served on the Western Front and was killed at Passchendaele. His father was devastated at the loss of his only son.'S-AT-WAR.html Mon, 02 Nov 2015 13:36:50 +1100 WINTON TO BRISBANE The men who had gone to the front from Cairns would be provided with uniforms and equipment, but after much marching they would feel the need of a good pair of socks. Mon, 02 Nov 2015 13:38:17 +1100 THE TENTERFIELD COTTON SELLER Sir Michael Frederick Bruxner lived at Tenterfield and in 1907 opened his own stock and station agency, Bruxner & Cotton. Mon, 02 Nov 2015 13:45:02 +1100 CORANGAMITE REMEMBERS One person to be remembered is Private Philip King of the 20th Reinforcements, 14th Battalion. Private King was a farmer before enlisting on 17 December 1915. He was killed in action aged 34 years. Mon, 02 Nov 2015 13:46:59 +1100 TUNZA GUTZ Tunza Gutz is a monster M543 Wrecker used to haul large, broken down vehicles and equipment to Australian Army workshops during the Vietnam War. Mon, 02 Nov 2015 13:49:09 +1100 BANDIANA ARTILLERY & FIREARMS COLLECTION The displays include the Vickers Machine Gun, a revolutionary weapon of the time and a model of 303 rifle rigged to fire from empty trenches when Australian troops withdrew from Gallipoli. Mon, 02 Nov 2015 13:50:04 +1100 SUPPLYING THE DIGGERS During the Great War, the Australian Army Ordnance Corps supplied the Anzacs with ammunition, including tonnes of rounds for Australian artillery at Anzac Cove and on the Western Front. Mon, 02 Nov 2015 13:54:44 +1100 DENTISTS IN THE GREAT WAR Poor dental hygiene and cracked teeth were a major problem during the Gallipoli Campaign. The terrible pain could keep troops out of action for weeks or month on end. More serious dental conditions could lead to infection and even see soldiers given a med Mon, 02 Nov 2015 14:05:24 +1100 ARMY MUSEUM OF SOUTH QUEENSLAND The collection includes weapons which saw service in Australian, Allied and enemy forces between 1899 and 1972. Mon, 02 Nov 2015 14:06:15 +1100 QUEENSLAND MILITARY MEMORIAL MUSEUM The Queensland Military Memorial Museum presents displays of historic interest from Queensland’s military heritage. Mon, 02 Nov 2015 14:07:32 +1100 ARMY MUSEUM OF NEW SOUTH WALES The Barracks are widely considered to be one of the best examples of a British colonial military barracks in the world. Mon, 02 Nov 2015 14:09:15 +1100 FORT QUEENSCLIFF MUSEUM The Fort Queenscliff Museum has a number of exhibits that are of great historic value. Loacted in an historic barracks at 1 King Street, Queenscliff, Victoria. Mon, 02 Nov 2015 14:10:31 +1100 ARMY MUSEUM OF WESTERN AUSTRALIA The collection encompasses material from the pre-Federation period through to the present day, covering both peacetime army units and the involvement of West Australians in all major conflicts and operations that Australia was engaged in. Mon, 02 Nov 2015 14:12:19 +1100 BERT HINKLER Born in Bundaberg, Queensland in 1892, Bert Hinkler was the son of a sugar mill worker. By the age of 19 Bert had hand-built man-carrying gliders and already flew them successfully at picturesque Mon Repos Beach near Bundaberg. Mon, 02 Nov 2015 14:38:18 +1100 WOMEN'S SERVICE IN THE SECOND WORLD WAR By the end of the war over 20,000 women were serving in the AWAS including almost 700 officers. The Service was disbanded in June 1947 and the Women’s Royal Australian Army Corps was formed in 1951.'S-SERVICE-IN-THE-SECOND-WORLD-WAR.html Mon, 02 Nov 2015 14:41:26 +1100 ARMY MUSEUM OF SOUTH AUSTRALIA The Army Museum of South Australia is easy to visit. Located in historic Keswick Barracks and minutes from downtown Adelaide you can get there by car, bus or train. Mon, 02 Nov 2015 14:43:15 +1100 ARMY MUSEUM OF NORTH QUEENSLAND Many Tunnelers came from Ingham in North Queensland and originally worked in the mining industry. They were a tough bunch and when they arrived in France were put to work mining and digging tunnels to support Allied advances and building dugouts for large Mon, 02 Nov 2015 14:44:37 +1100 FREMANTLE'S FAMILY OF SORROW & PRIDE Three brothers from Fremantle served in the West Australian 11th Battalion which headed straight to France and the Western Front. This Fremantle family was to lose all three boys to the war.'S-FAMILY-OF-SORROW-PRIDE.html Mon, 02 Nov 2015 14:45:40 +1100 WAAAF - WOMEN'S AUSTRALIAN AUXILIARY AIR FORCE Hilda Harrison was only 19 years old when she died on active service in Queensland in 1943.'S-AUSTRALIAN-AUXILIARY-AIR-FORCE.html Mon, 02 Nov 2015 14:47:52 +1100 WILES COOKER: FEEDING THE DIGGERS A horse drawn kitchen complete with a steam boiler, an oven, hot and cold tanks and two large steamers. The kitchen could be galloped into position and quickly set up so that regimental cooks could begin preparing hot meals for frontline troops. Mon, 02 Nov 2015 14:48:57 +1100 TRAILS TELL GREAT WAR STORIES Robert was killed in action only 24 hours after his brother Wallace. Dandenong is commemorating these men and other local heros in the Anzac Centenary. Mon, 02 Nov 2015 14:55:35 +1100 URBENVILLE REMEMBERS The memorial will remind students of the wartime service of people from Urbenville, like Private Robert Alexander Muggleton. Mon, 02 Nov 2015 14:56:47 +1100 HMAS SYDNEY'S FIRST NAVAL VICTORY Captain Glossop was regarded as a humane man. Firing on the disabled Emden before its surrender caused him to remark "it almost made me feel like a murderer".'S-FIRST-NAVAL-VICTORY.html Mon, 02 Nov 2015 14:57:52 +1100 ARMY INFANTRY MUSEUM IN SINGLETON Australia’s infantry soldiers have earned worldwide respect for their skill. It started in 1885 in the Sudan War where Australian soldiers first served as a contingent, and has continued since then right through to recent conflicts. Mon, 02 Nov 2015 15:00:10 +1100 ARMY MUSEUM OF TASMANIA Every year 3,000 visitors enjoy wandering through the cells and other spaces that house the Museum’s colourful displays and collections that reveal Tasmania’s military past. Mon, 02 Nov 2015 15:02:42 +1100 LOST MEN OF TWO WARS The Cambridge Volunteer Fire Brigade’s efforts have ensured the sacrifice of Private Lazenby and all who served from Cambridge are remembered. Mon, 02 Nov 2015 15:03:55 +1100 THE FIRST SHOT Fort Queenscliff is the site where the order was given to fire the first shot in anger by the British Empire. Artillery at Fort Nepean then fired a warning shot at a German merchant ship endeavouring to escape internment. Mon, 02 Nov 2015 15:09:04 +1100 MOTHER MAC & WOMEN IN THE NAVY Florence Violet McKenzie was a bright, industrious woman. In 1918 she apprenticed herself to her own electrical contracting firm to become an electrical engineer. In doing so she started a chain of events that led to the Women’s Royal Australian Navy. Mon, 02 Nov 2015 15:12:48 +1100 KING'S CUP The King’s response was conveyed by Winston S. Churchill, who wrote; “His Majesty commands me to inform you that it is his wish that the Cup should be used as a permanent trophy and be competed for annually in the Interstate Eight-Oar Race"'S-CUP.html Mon, 02 Nov 2015 15:47:16 +1100 THE DIGGER WHO FOUGHT TWO WORLD WARS Bill then joined the Australian Army during WWII as a Corporal, later advancing to Lance Sergeant. Mon, 02 Nov 2015 15:50:32 +1100 THE GENERAL'S LAST CARD Cards like these were widely used in the British Expeditionary Force as way of providing tangible recognition to men who were thought deserving but who had not received any other award.'S-LAST-CARD.html Mon, 02 Nov 2015 16:03:47 +1100 COULD IT BE A WEDDING CAKE? The Sydney victory over the German raider SMS Emden in November 1914 was the Royal Australian Navy’s first victory at sea. Mon, 02 Nov 2015 16:05:42 +1100 POSTCARD WARS: A DAY IN THE LIFE OF THE KAISER During the Great War 1914-1918, when telephones were rare and telegrams were expensive, postcards were popular for quick messaging. Tue, 03 Nov 2015 13:47:13 +1100 A CARD FROM THE FRONT Sending postcards was hugely popular during the war. Millions were sent between home and the frontlines. Most armies issued "field postcards" that contained minimal information on the sender’s health and well-being. Tue, 03 Nov 2015 13:53:06 +1100 THE PILOT ABOVE BALIKPAPAN One dangerous mission Layton Marshall King took part in was a raid over Balikpapan in 1945 to support the Allied troops below, who were fighting their way ashore as part of a brutal amphibious assault. Tue, 03 Nov 2015 14:20:56 +1100 THE WOOTTEN FAMILY Wootten was promoted to brigadier, and from 1 February 1941, he commanded the 18th Infantry Brigade (7th Division), on active service in the North African campaign, including the Siege of Tobruk. Tue, 03 Nov 2015 14:29:47 +1100 THEY BURIED HIM IN FLANDERS FIELDS Shrapnel hit him in the stomach and he was severely injured. He was treated by the 11th Field Ambulance but died in excruciating pain before reaching the dressing station. He was the only Australian Swadling killed in the Great War. Tue, 03 Nov 2015 14:33:33 +1100 SERVICE RECORDS - FAMILY RESEARCH Finding family service records in the National Archives can be easy if you know how to use the records search functions says leading historian Graham Wilson. Tue, 03 Nov 2015 14:34:55 +1100 HISTORICAL SOCIETIES - FAMILY RESEARCH There are a number of historical societies, associations and organisations, most of them online, which can offer a great deal of assistance, advice, guidance and information to novice researchers looking for family military records. Tue, 03 Nov 2015 14:35:49 +1100 WAR GRAVES & MEMORIALS - FAMILY RESEARCH Tens of thousands of Australians are tracing their family connections to the Great War. For many finding the grave of a relative lost is an emotional journey. Simple tips and advice are saving people hours of searching. Tue, 03 Nov 2015 14:36:33 +1100 OFFICIAL HISTORIES - FAMILY RESEARCH A detailed official account of Australia in the Great War provides an incredible insight into the war for people investigating family service history - and the multi volume work is available free online. Tue, 03 Nov 2015 14:37:42 +1100 UNIT HISTORIES - FAMILY RESEARCH Unit histories drafted after the Great War War can be an incredible resource for budding historians and family researchers but beware, not all are created equally says Australia in the Great War historian Graham Wilson. Tue, 03 Nov 2015 14:38:47 +1100 UNIT WAR DIARIES - FAMILY RESEARCH Families wanting information on the conditions and daily duties their relatives faced during the Great War should investigate Unit War Diaries written by officers at the time says historian Graham Wilson. Tue, 03 Nov 2015 14:39:28 +1100 THE SUN SETS OVER IRAQ "The sands of the Arab lands may forever change hands. But our legacy will remain" Tue, 03 Nov 2015 14:51:08 +1100 BOOM - AUSSIES GIVE IT TO DAESH Recently, Australian Special Forces and RAAF aircraft were directly involved in Iraq’s retaking of the key town of Ramadi. Tue, 03 Nov 2015 14:59:35 +1100 EAST TIMOR MEMORIES The flag has gone on every deployment with each family member. It has seen service in Asia, the Middle East, Africa and the Americas. SGT Humphries took it on his third deployment to East Timor as a show of respect and family pride. Tue, 03 Nov 2015 15:00:51 +1100 CLIMB ABOARD On the high seas, cold receptions from non-compliant crews and even Mother Nature, are all in a hard day’s work for Navy boarding parties. Fri, 06 Nov 2015 15:39:49 +1100 LANCE CORPORAL JOSH LEAKEY VC The first non-posthumous VC for action in Afghanistan – and the second in his family Fri, 06 Nov 2015 15:52:12 +1100 WHEN THE "SHIT GOT REAL" FOR AUSTRALIA'S WEDGETAIL 010411ZOCT14 was the exact moment that the ‘shit got real’ for callsign Magpie 01 – Australia’s E-7A Wedgetail airborne early warning and control aircraft – as it crossed the official line that separates the air war against ISIS from the rest of Fri, 06 Nov 2015 16:18:44 +1100 IT'S NOT ROCKET SURGERY The dummy is a Human Thoracic Surrogate is engineered to allow measurement and assessment of human injury, principally in primary-blast-injury situations and to measure the effectiveness of personal protective equipment and body armour.'S-NOT-ROCKET-SURGERY.html Mon, 09 Nov 2015 13:09:08 +1100 HMAS SYDNEY FORMALLY FAREWELLED HMAS Sydney is being decommissioned to make way for the Hobart-class air warfare destroyers, which will provide Australia with an improved warfighting capability. Mon, 09 Nov 2015 13:20:55 +1100 HMAS DARWIN'S ODOMETER TOPS ONE MILLION NAUTICAL MILES The frigate, launched in 1982, was making an overnight port visit to Darwin enroute to the Middle East for a six-and-a-half-month Operation Manitou deployment.'S-ODOMETER-TOPS-ONE-MILLION-NAUTICAL-MILES.html Thu, 12 Nov 2015 16:50:48 +1100 CADETS WIN BIG IN FLYING COMP Despite not yet having a drivers’ licence, Australian Air Force Cadets perform magnificently in flying competitions. Fri, 13 Nov 2015 09:26:49 +1100 HERC FLIGHT Members of 332 ‘City of Wagga Wagga’ Squadron, Australian Air Force Cadets (AAFC) recently had the opportunity to go for a flight in a C-130 J Royal Australian Air Force Hercules from RAAF Richmond in Sydney. Fri, 13 Nov 2015 09:28:25 +1100 CADET IN WOMEN PILOTS' RELAY The inagural Women Pilots’ Relay of Flight saw 112 female pilots carry a relay baton almost 30,000km around Australia - and raise $26,860 for the Cancer Council of Australia.'-RELAY.html Fri, 13 Nov 2015 09:29:32 +1100 NOT JUST THIS ONE TIME An inaugural 3 Wing Musicians’ Course was held at RAAF Richmond from 4 to 11 July, affording 22 musically inclined cadets from all over NSW an opportunity to combine their passion for the AAFC and their passion for music. Fri, 13 Nov 2015 09:35:47 +1100 VIVE LA FRANCE Australia stood awash with the French tricolour the night Paris was attacked. Quietly in towns and suburbs across the nation ordinary Australians are expressing their grief at the horror that unfolded on the streets of France. Mon, 16 Nov 2015 11:44:48 +1100 NEW ZEALAND FIRST TAJI ROTATION HOME The first rotation of 105 New Zealand soldiers to Iraq returned home today from their Op Taji deployment helping train more than 2000 Iraqi soldiers. Tue, 17 Nov 2015 13:41:07 +1100 WEDGETAIL SETS ANOTHER FLIGHT RECORD A Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) E-7A Wedgetail airborne early warning, control and surveillance aircraft has set a new record by flying a 17-hour operational mission over Iraq and Syria. Tue, 17 Nov 2015 13:44:43 +1100 AUSTRALIA BUYS IMPROVED RIBBON BRIDGE The bridge system can be operated as a multi-bay ferry as well as a floating bridge and provides wide wet-gap crossing capability for tracked and wheeled vehicles, including the Australian Army’s M1A1 Abrams tank. Tue, 17 Nov 2015 13:47:46 +1100 DOLPHINS ACCOMPANY RETURNING SAILORS HMAS Sirius sails home to Australia accompanied by a pod of dolphins in the Java Sea after a North East Asia Deployment. Photo by Able Seaman Kayla Hayes. Tue, 17 Nov 2015 14:57:59 +1100 UNIQUE GUNNERY COMPETITION Top guns in the Armoured Infantry group firing from the Warrior (WR) was the 5th Bn The RIFLES (5 RIFLES) Team B who scored 68% in 16:50 seconds, closely followed by 1st Bn Royal Welsh (1 R WELSH) Team B who also made 68% but in 17:57 seconds. Fri, 20 Nov 2015 13:50:30 +1100 ADFA BUS CRASH 21 November a Department of Defence bus carrying second year Australian Defence Force Academy personnel was involved in an accident on Sandy Point Road, south of Goulburn. Mon, 23 Nov 2015 14:38:51 +1100 ANTARCTICA - NEW MILESTONE FOR RAAF C-17 The flights offer invaluable experience and capability enhancements to the RAAF, including the opportunity to further test the use of C-17As in challenging conditions, while also supporting Australia’s operations in Antarctica. Mon, 23 Nov 2015 14:53:01 +1100 AUSTRALIA'S FIRST P-8A POSEIDON UNDER CONSTRUCTION Australia has agreed to purchase eight P-8A aircraft. The US Navy has contracted for 62. To date, 31 have been delivered.'S-FIRST-P-8A-POSEIDON-UNDER-CONSTRUCTION.html Mon, 23 Nov 2015 15:04:33 +1100 NT POLICE ARREST SOLDIER AFTER ARMED STANDOFF The Territory Response Group was called to assist after reports that a 36-year-old man had obtained a firearm. Tue, 24 Nov 2015 13:59:07 +1100 NZDF BUYS NEW FIREARMS Lieutenant Colonel Dean Paul of the Land Capability Delivery Branch said the Sig Sauer P226 pistols were introduced into service in 1992 and were due to be replaced. Mon, 30 Nov 2015 09:11:38 +1100 ASPI RANKED AMONG THE BEST The GGTTTI (Global Go To Think Tank Index) is the gold standard of excellence for think tanks. It relies on the votes of over 20,000 journalists, policymakers, public and private donors, think tank staff, and functional and regional area specialists. Mon, 30 Nov 2015 10:19:19 +1100 MILITARY POLICE REMAIN IN AFGHANISTAN Four soldiers, from the 1st Military Police Battalion in Brisbane, are integrated into a 16-strong Danish-led International Military Police (IMP) team for the NATO-led Resolute Support mission. Mon, 30 Nov 2015 11:58:31 +1100 RAAF GIANT C-17A GLOBEMASTER IN SINAI The giant RAAF Globemaster proved its flexibility when it was time to depart El Gorah. The C-17A is 174 feet long while the airfield is only 100 feet wide, with no turning apron and no aircraft tug available. Mon, 30 Nov 2015 11:59:54 +1100 HORNET LIFE SUPPORT SECTION The Low Profile Combat Survival Vest (CSV) contains a fully automatic-initiated life vest, designed to keep an unconscious pilot afloat in the event of an over-water ejection while ensuring their head remains out of the water. Mon, 30 Nov 2015 12:01:16 +1100 LEGAL TRAINING FOR IRAQI SOLDIERS Iraqi Army hopes to distinguish itself from ISIL with legal training for its soldiers. Mon, 30 Nov 2015 12:02:25 +1100 A FIRST FOR AIRCRAFT SECURITY Flight Lieutenant Jason Gillon, Officer in Charge of the current Force Protection Flight for the Middle East Combat Support Unit, said AFSEC members bring their expertise of airfield security operations to the team. Mon, 30 Nov 2015 12:03:42 +1100 END OF AN ERA IN SOUTHERN AFGHANISTAN It was named Camp Baker by Lieutenant Colonel Kevin Humphreys, the first Commanding Officer of the Task Group 637.3 (Aviation Support Element), after Corporal Mick Baker who was tragically killed in the Blackhawk mid air collision in 1996. Mon, 30 Nov 2015 12:04:54 +1100 AUSSIES & KIWIS WORKING TOGETHER “The Aussies are top blokes and the way they have treated the New Zealanders onboard is a true testament to Australian hospitality.” HMAS Melbourne is on her eighth deployment to the Middle East. Thu, 03 Dec 2015 12:15:22 +1100 RAAF SOMALIA VETERANS TEAM UP TO FIGHT DAESH Following a clan war which turned into civil war in late 1990, Somalia could no longer function as a nation state, and widespread violence and starvation led to international intervention. Thu, 03 Dec 2015 12:18:38 +1100 MY GALLEY RULES There is a big difference working on a Guided Missile Frigate compared to the bigger, slower and more stable replenishment or troop ships. Thu, 03 Dec 2015 12:22:16 +1100 BIG GUNS FOR SPECIALIST FIGHT Each Iraqi soldier, commonly referred to as a jundi, attending the specialist weapons training was hand-selected by their Iraqi commanders for the task. Thu, 03 Dec 2015 12:28:43 +1100 AIRBASE SECURITY IN IRAQ CSU-13 SECDET has handed over duties to CSU-14 Security Flight who will continue to build on robust relationships with our allies on the ground in Iraq. Thu, 03 Dec 2015 12:33:33 +1100 THEIR DUNTROON IN THE DUST The Afghan National Army Officer Academy is modeled on the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in the United Kindgom & the Royal Military College Duntroon. Thu, 03 Dec 2015 12:36:04 +1100 RAF JOINS RAAF IN FIGHT FOR SYRIA Royal Air Force Tornado GR4s have returned to RAF Akrotiri after their first mission, since the British parliamentary vote to undertake air strikes in Syria. Fri, 04 Dec 2015 16:11:21 +1100 NORAD CELEBRATES 60 YEARS TRACKING SANTA At 8pm AEST, 24 December 2015, trackers can email 'Santa's helper' to inquire as to Santa’s whereabouts. Mon, 07 Dec 2015 08:44:58 +1100 BRITISH CONTINUE ANTI-DAESH AIR ASSAULT UK helps step up the allied campaign against Daesh's strongholds in eastern Syria with deployment of RAF Typhoons. Mon, 07 Dec 2015 13:08:03 +1100 NZDF SHOWS OFF AMPHIBIOUS LANDINGS IN MARLBOROUGH Exercise Southern Katipo 2015 puts NZDF amphibious capability on show. Mon, 07 Dec 2015 14:07:32 +1100 BLACK FALCONS TO FEATURE AT OHAKEA AIR SHOW The Black Falcons will perform for the first time in the Texan aircraft at the Wings over Wairarapa (WoW) Air Show 17-19 February. Wed, 09 Dec 2015 08:08:12 +1100 NEW URBAN OPS FACILITY A new urban operations training facility was opened at the School of Infantry in Singleton in August 2015. Wed, 09 Dec 2015 08:33:19 +1100 SINGAPORE SLINGS FUEL AT GLOBEMASTER The purpose of the training was to build experience in the air-to-air refuelling role for 36SQN C-17A crews before the commencement of refuelling trials between a RAAF KC-30A Multi-Role Tanker Transport and C-17A in 2016. Wed, 09 Dec 2015 09:10:48 +1100 ADFA & RMC GRADUATION PARADES 2015 Following three years of military and academic studies, 200 officer cadets and midshipmen today graduated from the Australian Defence Force Academy and have begun the next phase of their careers as junior leaders in the Australian Defence Force. Mon, 14 Dec 2015 14:49:44 +1100 BILLION DOLLAR PILOT TRAINING Pilots will receive training for aircraft including the F-35A Joint Strike Fighter, Tiger Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter, MH60R Seahawk helicopter, and the MRH-90 helicopter. Mon, 14 Dec 2015 15:09:06 +1100 TASK GROUP TAJI ROTATION TWO Task Group Taji is a combined force of Australian and New Zealand Defence Force personnel consisting primarily of soldiers from the Australian Army’s 7th Brigade which is based at Gallipoli Barracks in Brisbane. Tue, 15 Dec 2015 08:49:35 +1100 COMMANDOS STORM MANLY BEACH The training was conducted to ensure the regular and reserve personnel serving within 1st Commando Regiment maintained currency as part of their commando skill sets. Tue, 15 Dec 2015 08:53:54 +1100 MEMORIAL TO AUSTRALIANS LOST IN BOXING DAY TSUNAMI On Boxing Day 2004, a 9.1 magnitude earthquake struck off the west coast of Sumatra, Indonesia. The resulting tsunami was one of the most horrific natural disasters in recorded history. Tue, 15 Dec 2015 08:57:38 +1100 EXERCISE MARS OLYMPICS The exercise is an annual event that helps ensure Australia has among the best counter-terrorism response capabilities in the world. Tue, 15 Dec 2015 09:01:25 +1100 NO MISSION IMPOSSIBLE FOR HMAS CANBERRA HMA Ships Canberra, Siris, Anzac, Arunta, Stuart, Warramunga, Darwin, Rankin, Dechaineux, Diamantina, Gascoyne and Yarra also took part in the Fleet Concentration, along with aircraft from 723 Squadron, 808 Squadron and 816 Squadron. Tue, 15 Dec 2015 10:43:51 +1100 NAVY'S NEW ENTRY OFFICERS COURSE Students are introduced to the history and ethos of the Royal Australian Navy during training.'S-NEW-ENTRY-OFFICERS-COURSE.html Tue, 15 Dec 2015 11:57:25 +1100 AUSTRALIA AND JAPAN TO RESEARCH HYDRODYNAMICS ADF scientists are very excited at the prospect of working with their Japanese counterparts and look forward to achieving some innovative outcomes for Australia’s maritime defence. Tue, 15 Dec 2015 12:07:17 +1100 FUTURE SUBMARINE PROPOSALS SUBMITTED This program offers a once-in-a-generation opportunity for Australian industry to innovate and be part of Australia’s future submarine. Tue, 15 Dec 2015 12:10:56 +1100 HMAS ADELAIDE COMMISSIONED INTO ROYAL AUSTRALIAN NAVY Commanding Officer of HMAS Adelaide, Captain Paul Mandziy, said it was an historic day. Tue, 15 Dec 2015 12:13:01 +1100 DIGGERS RECEIVE SURPRISE GIFTS Incredibly, the 150-200 strong team of stitching fanatics have sent over 5,000 quilts and 7,400 laundry bags in under four years – that is three quilts and five laundry bags a day! Tue, 15 Dec 2015 12:17:22 +1100 CHRISTMAS LETTER FROM FATHER TO SON letter sent by my father from Palestine during WWII Fri, 09 Sep 2016 15:30:07 +1000 WITHDRAWAL FROM ANZAC COVE Not only muffled is our tread To cheat the foe, We fear to rouse our honoured dead To hear us go. Sleep sound, old friends- the keenest smart Which, more than failure, wounds the heart, Is thus to leave you- thus to part, Comrades, farewell! Fri, 18 Dec 2015 10:58:51 +1100 BEFORE CHRISTMAS A SON WANTED TO FIGHT - HE WROTE THIS TO HIS MOTHER "I understand I shall be one of the last to withdraw. I do, honestly speaking, sincerely hope so, as I wish to see the last of the affair... It is bitter to leave so many of our dead heroes in their lonely graves in this foreign soil." Mon, 21 Dec 2015 10:53:32 +1100 THE LAST TO DIE - CHRISTMAS 1915 The last Australian to die at Gallipoli described it like this - "Picture men scaling heights like those of the Blue Mountains, hardly able to fire a shot, and with the tops of the hills lined with Turks..." Mon, 21 Dec 2015 12:15:14 +1100 HILARIOUS BRITISH OFFICER'S ORDERS GO VIRAL Diggers were known to complain that tea and biscuits were too high on the British officer classes mind at Gallipoli. Australians and New Zealanders will no doubt relish this British officers letter, especially during the Anzac Centenary.'S-ORDERS-GO-VIRAL.html Mon, 21 Dec 2015 12:38:27 +1100 SEND A CHRISTMAS MESSAGE TO THE TROOPS The Australian Defence Force has setup a system to allow members of the public to send messages to boost the morale of our troops. Remember those Australians serving overseas this Christmas. Mon, 21 Dec 2015 14:45:50 +1100 AFTER GALLIPOLI - CHRISTMAS ON LEMNOS After the evacuation of Gallipoli was complete in December 1915 many Anzacs enjoyed Christmas on the Greek island of Lemnos. Mon, 21 Dec 2015 15:08:53 +1100 A CHRISTMAS MIRACLE - THE EVACUATION A delayed action or drip rifle was used as part of the evacuation of Gallipoli. This device fired a rifle by means of weights operated through water escaping from one tin into another. A rifle could be left to operate 20 minutes after the device was set. Mon, 21 Dec 2015 15:38:07 +1100 DON'T LEAVE THE BASTARDS AN XMAS DRINK! There were many Orthodox Christian troops amongst the multi-ethnic Ottoman forces, but it seems the Australians would rather the back breaking work of shattering rum cases on the beach than allowing the enemy to potentially enjoy the festivities.'T-LEAVE-THE-BASTARDS-AN-XMAS-DRINK!.html Mon, 21 Dec 2015 16:40:44 +1100 ART OF COMMANDO The surreal quality of this ADF image of Iraqi Security Forces undertaking commando training belies the intensity of the environment and the threats they face in their efforts to degrade and ultimately defeat Daesh. Mon, 04 Jan 2016 09:59:43 +1100 THE KINGPIN OF THE COALITION KINGPIN is made up of approximately 60 Coalition controllers; five of them are from the Royal Australian Air Force who are each serving six month deployments. Other controllers are from the Royal Air Force, US Air Force and US Marine Corps. Mon, 04 Jan 2016 10:25:02 +1100 ADF OPERATIONS IN 2016 The Australian Defence Force will continue several major operations throughout 2016, these include operations Okra, Highroad, Manitou and Accordion. Thu, 07 Jan 2016 10:49:02 +1100 AUSTRALIAN & CHINESE FORCES RENDEZVOUS OFF QUEENSLAND The PLA-N task group, completed counter-piracy operations in the Gulf of Aden in 2015 before embarking on a global deployment that has seen the task group visit more than a dozen countries during the past five months. Thu, 07 Jan 2016 10:59:05 +1100 DAESH IN RETREAT - AUSSIES GIVE DIRECT HELP IN RETAKING RAMADI Australian Army trainers observe Iraqi Army soldiers conduct a room clearance drills at the Taji Military Complex, Iraq. Photo by Corporal Matthew Bickerton. Thu, 07 Jan 2016 11:05:18 +1100 ADF INTERESTED IN GLOBAL HAWKS A derivative of the wide-area surveillance Global Hawk, NATO’s unmanned aircraft will have the ability to fly for up to 30 hours at a time, on high-altitude, long-endurance missions, providing persistent wide-area land and maritime surveillance. Thu, 07 Jan 2016 11:33:24 +1100 SALVATION ARMY ON DUTY The Salvation Army has been providing services and offering support and spiritual guidance to ADF personnel since 1889 during the Boer War. Chief Commissioner Fabre, of the Red Shield Defence Services, is providing welfare services at Camp Baird. Thu, 07 Jan 2016 13:01:30 +1100 INTO THE EYE OF THE STORM It’s small, it’s quick, and it came from the desert, so they called it Coyote. Only this Coyote can fly and can do so for an hour at a time inside massive storms. Wed, 13 Jan 2016 12:06:41 +1100 LAND-SEA AIR INTERCEPTOR In a major step forward for U.S. missile defence plans in Europe, a Raytheon-built ballistic missile interceptor proved it can destroy incoming threats in space from land as well as from ships at sea. Wed, 13 Jan 2016 12:34:34 +1100 TECH FILM REVIEW - ORIGINAL STAR WARS When you work with advanced technology, you think about it all the time. Even when you’re watching movies. And especially when you’re watching Star Wars. Wed, 13 Jan 2016 12:55:47 +1100 FREEDOM OF THE SEAS Australia's major ally, the U.S.A., is putting more power behind its offensive global punch with a strategy called “distributed lethality” that puts firepower on every class of Naval vessel. Wed, 13 Jan 2016 14:38:51 +1100 TWO VIEWS & ONE OF A KIND Innovative rifle sight gives forces the ability to take on threats close in or far out. Troops using the Specter DR 1-4x sight can switch between distant and nearby targets simply by throwing a lever. Wed, 13 Jan 2016 14:48:15 +1100 HMAS BALLARAT MISSILE DEFENCE UPGRADE Ballarat was undocked after 56 weeks on the hardstand as part of the upgrade and vital maintenance work, involving some 600,000 hours by 250 employees and 30 local subcontractors. Wed, 13 Jan 2016 15:52:33 +1100 BEOWULF - POETRY IN MOTION The new BVS10 Beowulf all-terrain vehicle, named for the hero of the epic Anglo-Saxon poem, is something of a land Viking. Wed, 13 Jan 2016 16:15:00 +1100 AIR FORCE CADETS BEGIN 75TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATIONS The first official event of the Australian Air Force Cadets 75th Anniversary Year took place on 9 January 2016 when Cadets and staff of No. 7 Wing held a commemorative church service in St George’s Anglican Cathedral in Perth, Western Australia. Mon, 18 Jan 2016 12:41:55 +1100 ANZAC Q&A - WHY IS THE PLACE THE ANZACS FOUGHT AT CALLED "GALLIPOLI"? Image: A scene in the front line Anzac trenches in May 1915. Mon, 18 Jan 2016 14:55:44 +1100 ANZAC Q&A - WHAT DOES ANZAC STAND FOR? Image: colourised photograph of Sergeant Clement Edward Hill, 3rd Light Horse Regiment of the Australian Army 1915. Mon, 18 Jan 2016 15:10:55 +1100 ANZAC Q&A - WHERE DID THEIR DRINKING WATER COME FROM? Image: Men of the 6th Field Battery on water-carrying fatigues stop for a rest and a smoke. Mon, 18 Jan 2016 15:34:04 +1100 ANZAC Q&A - WHAT DID MEN AT GALLIPOLI EAT? Image: Anzac Beach, Gallipoli. 1915. Transport animals in front of stacks of reserve supplies. Mon, 18 Jan 2016 15:38:48 +1100 ANZAC Q&A - HOW WAS FOOD COOKED? Image: A belt-filling shelter at Gallipoli. Lance Corporal Barker, left, and Private G. Hill, with a tin of bully beef. Mon, 18 Jan 2016 15:54:26 +1100 ANZAC Q&A - WHERE DID THEY GO TO THE TOILET? Image: Four unidentified men using a latrine high above the beach at Anzac Cove, 1915. Mon, 18 Jan 2016 16:05:10 +1100 ANZAC Q&A - HOW DID THEY DISPOSE OF RUBBISH? Image: Phillip Schuler's photograph of Anzac Cove, Gallipoli from the sea. Mon, 18 Jan 2016 16:05:38 +1100 ANZAC Q&A - WHAT WAS THE STANDARD WEAPON USED BY THE ANZACS? Image: Australian soldiers at Anzac Cove, Gallipoli enact a charge, 1915. Mon, 18 Jan 2016 16:06:26 +1100 ANZAC Q&A - WHAT WAS AN "ANZAC WAFER"? Image: Gallipoli, 1915. A group of ANZACS making a meal. Mon, 18 Jan 2016 16:08:07 +1100 ANZAC Q&A - WERE THE ANZACS ALLOWED TO DRINK ALCOHOL? Image: Breaking up rum cases on North Beach on 17 December 1915 prior to the evacuation. Mon, 18 Jan 2016 16:08:23 +1100 ANZAC Q&A - WHAT HAPPENED TO MEN WHO COMMITTED CRIMES AT GALLIPOLI? Image: Group portrait of unidentified members of Headquarters of the Anzac Provost Corps, at Bhurtpore Barracks. Mon, 18 Jan 2016 16:10:00 +1100 ANZAC Q&A - HOW MANY MEN WERE IN A BATTALION? Image: A platoon of the 13th Battalion, 4th Brigade, AIF, awaits an address by its commander Captain Joseph Lee, in the Sphinx Gully, probably prior to the brigade’s night march on 6–7 August 1915 to attack Kocitemenepe. Mon, 18 Jan 2016 16:10:30 +1100 ANZAC Q&A - WHAT ALLIED NATIONS TOOK PART IN THE GALLIPOLI CAMPAIGN? Image: British troops advancing at Gallipoli. Mon, 18 Jan 2016 16:11:01 +1100 ANZAC Q&A - WAS A SPECIAL MEDAL AWARDED FOR GALLIPOLI? Image: Close up of the standard WWI medal trio awarded to most Anzacs. Mon, 18 Jan 2016 16:11:21 +1100 ANZAC Q&A - WHAT ANIMALS WERE USED AT GALLIPOLI? Image: Mule Gully, October 1915. Mules were used to carry stores along the beaches and up into the hills close to the front lines. Mon, 18 Jan 2016 16:11:41 +1100 ANZAC Q&A - WHO WAS THE YOUNGEST ANZAC TO DIE AT GALLIPOLI? With his five sisters Annie, Alice, Millie, Ester and Mary prior to his departure on active service. Mon, 18 Jan 2016 16:12:03 +1100 ANZAC Q&A - HOW LONG WAS THE BEACH AT ANZAC? Image: The beach at Anzac Cove, 1915 referred to as "a shell-torn strip of beach". Mon, 18 Jan 2016 16:12:19 +1100 ANZAC Q&A - HOW DID THE MEN GET TO GALLIPOLI? Image: Landing stores at Watson's Pier, Gallipoli, 1915. Mon, 18 Jan 2016 16:13:29 +1100 ANZAC Q&A - WHAT WERE THE DATES OF THE GALLIPOLI CAMPAIGN? Image: The Divisional Headquarters staff wading ashore at Anzac Cove on April 25, 1915. The officer with the spade is thought to be Colonel Foott. Mon, 18 Jan 2016 16:14:04 +1100 ANZAC Q&A - WHY WAS THE GALLIPOLI CAMPAIGN MOUNTED? Image: An Australian soldier lies wounded looking north along the beach, Anzac Cove 25 April 1915. Mon, 18 Jan 2016 16:14:35 +1100 ANZAC Q&A - HOW MUCH KNOWLEDGE DID THE ALLIES HAVE OF GALLIPOLI BEFORE THE LANDINGS? Image: Great War panorama map showing the Gallipoli Peninsula. Mon, 18 Jan 2016 16:15:09 +1100 ANZAC Q&A - HOW WAS THE NAVY INVOLVED IN THE CAMPAIGN? Image: Officers of the 1st Royal Australian Naval Bridging Trains seated outside the sandbagged dugout known as the "Wardroom". Mon, 18 Jan 2016 16:16:19 +1100 ANZAC Q&A - WHAT WAS THE "NAKED ARMY"? Image: On June 11, 1915, British officer Aubrey Herbert noted: “The Australians and New Zealanders have given up wearing clothes." Mon, 18 Jan 2016 16:17:01 +1100 ANZAC Q&A - HOW MANY MEN WERE IN A LIGHT HORSE REGIMENT? Image: Members of the 2nd Light Horse Regiment in Egypt. Mon, 18 Jan 2016 16:18:06 +1100 ANZAC Q&A - WHAT HAPPENED TO THE DEAD? Image: An Australian officer visits a comrade's grave on Gallipoli. Mon, 18 Jan 2016 16:18:32 +1100 ANZAC Q&A - WHAT WAS A FIELD AMBULANCE? Image: 4th Australian Field Ambulance hospital tents under snow in Hotchkiss Gully after the blizzards of November 1915. Hotchkiss Gully lay between steep hills at the northern end of the Anzac position. Mon, 18 Jan 2016 16:18:57 +1100 ANZAC Q&A - WHO OR WHAT WAS "BEACHY BILL"? Image: An 18 pound field gun in action during a Turkish attack at Gallipoli. They are firing from McCay's Hill towards the Olive Grove. Mon, 18 Jan 2016 16:19:25 +1100 ANZAC Q&A - WHICH ANZAC UNIT LANDED FIRST AT GALLIPOLI? Image: Australian troops landing at Anzac Cove on 25 April 1915. Mon, 18 Jan 2016 16:20:06 +1100 ANZAC Q&A - WHAT HAPPENED TO THE WOUNDED AND SICK? Image: Australian Stretcher-bearers at Gallipoli, 1915. Mon, 18 Jan 2016 16:20:30 +1100 ANZAC Q&A - WERE THE ANZACS ABLE TO SEND AND RECEIVE MAIL? Image: Four men queue to send or receive mail at the field post office at Anzac Cove, Gallipoli Peninsula. 1915. Mon, 18 Jan 2016 16:20:48 +1100 ANZAC Q&A - WHERE DID THE ANZACS GO AFTER THE EVACUATION? Image: Sick men leaving Gallipoli from Anzac Cove. Mon, 18 Jan 2016 16:21:33 +1100 ANZAC Q&A - HOW MUCH WATER WAS EACH MAN ALLOWED PER DAY? Image: Cooks issuing light rations to sick men at No. 1 Field Ambulance on Brighton Beach, Gallipoli. Mon, 18 Jan 2016 16:22:10 +1100 ANZAC Q&A - WHAT WAS THE WEATHER LIKE AT GALLIPOLI? Image: Captain Webster and George Watson in the snow at Gallipoli after the November blizzards. Mon, 18 Jan 2016 16:22:39 +1100 ANZAC Q&A - DID THE ANZACS FIGHT ANYWHERE ELSE OTHER THAN ANZAC COVE? Image: Charge of the 2nd Infantry Brigade at Krithia by Charles Wheeler, 1927, oil on canvas. Mon, 18 Jan 2016 16:23:12 +1100 ANZAC Q&A - HOW DID THE ANZACS WASH THEIR CLOTHES? Image: A Digger shaving at Gallipoli, 1915. Mon, 18 Jan 2016 16:23:36 +1100 ANZAC Q&A - DID THE ANZACS HAVE A PROBLEM WITH VERMIN? Image: Anzac soldiers in a trench at Lone Pine, August 1915. Mon, 18 Jan 2016 16:24:18 +1100 ANZAC Q&A - WHAT DOES THE TERM "BABBLING BROOK" MEAN? Image: A kitchen in the snow at White Gully, Gallipoli, 29 November 1915. Mon, 18 Jan 2016 16:24:49 +1100 ANZAC Q&A - HOW DID THEY COMMUNICATE AT GALLIPOLI? Image: Sergeant R. Dean of the 1st Australian Division Signal Company, AIF, in the signal office in the ANZAC area. Mon, 18 Jan 2016 16:25:51 +1100 ANZAC Q&A - WHO WAS THE MOST SUCCESSFUL AND WELL-KNOWN SNIPER AT GALLIPOLI? Image: Turkish sniper captured during the Gallipoli Campaign. Mon, 18 Jan 2016 16:26:17 +1100 ANZAC Q&A - WHO WAS "FIGHTING MAC"? Image: Salvation Army war chaplains in Egypt. Mon, 18 Jan 2016 16:27:26 +1100 ANZAC Q&A - WHAT DID THE ANZACS DO FOR RELAXATION? Image: Gallipoli Peninsula, Turkey, May 1915. Five unidentified soldiers sitting on the road up to Plugge’s Plateau. Mon, 18 Jan 2016 16:27:58 +1100 ANZAC Q&A - WHO WAS "BIRDY"? Image: a General taking a dip in the Aegean during the Gallipoli Campaign. Mon, 18 Jan 2016 16:28:31 +1100 ANZAC Q&A - WHAT IS THE RECIPE FOR "ANZAC BISCUITS"? Image: Helena Marion Barnard, otherwise known as the Gingernut Lady”, received a British Medal of Honour for her efforts baking four and a half tons of biscuits over the course of both world wars. Mon, 18 Jan 2016 16:29:02 +1100 ANZAC Q&A - WHO WAS IN OVERALL COMMAND OF THE ANZACS? Image: A photograph of the MEF commander, Sir Ian Hamilton. Mon, 18 Jan 2016 16:29:25 +1100 ANZAC Q&A - HOW DID THE MEN SEE OUT OF THE TRENCHES? Image: The sniping position of Trooper "Billy" Sing. Mon, 18 Jan 2016 16:29:51 +1100 ANZAC Q&A - DID MEN WHO LANDED SPEND THEIR ENTIRE TIME ON THE PENINSULA? Image: Sick nurses from the 3rd Australian General Hospital, Lemnos 1915. Mon, 18 Jan 2016 16:30:18 +1100 ANZAC Q&A - DID THE ANZACS HAVE DENTISTS? Image: Practical joker Dexter pretends to extract a tooth at a dressing station behind the trenches. Mon, 18 Jan 2016 16:30:46 +1100 ANZAC Q&A - WERE THERE SUPPLY SHORTAGES AT GALLIPOLI? Image: Supplies on the beaches at Anzac Cove, Gallipoli. Mon, 18 Jan 2016 16:31:26 +1100 ANZAC Q&A - WHAT WAS A FIELD ARTILLERY BRIGADE? Image: Members of the 9th Battery, 3rd Field Artillery Brigade, First Division, AIF, loading and firing their 18-pounder gun. Mon, 18 Jan 2016 16:31:52 +1100 ANZAC Q&A - WERE THE ANZACS FIGHTING ALL THE TIME? Image: Soldiers from Otago, New Zealand take a lunch break at Gallipoli, in May, 1915. Mon, 18 Jan 2016 16:32:15 +1100 ANZAC Q&A - WHO WAS OTTO LIMAN VON SANDERS? Image: It wasn’t uncommon for Europeans to train and sometimes even command the troops of second-rank powers, but von Sanders’ mission far exceeded the usual scope of these arrangements. Mon, 18 Jan 2016 16:33:04 +1100 ANZAC Q&A - WHAT DID THE SOLDIERS CARRY ASHORE WITH THEM AT THE LANDING? Image: Anzac soldiers landing at Gallipoli in 1915. Mon, 18 Jan 2016 16:33:26 +1100 ANZAC Q&A - HOW MANY ANZAC CASUALTIES WERE SUFFERED AT GALLIPOLI? Image: Patients being loaded onto the hospital ship Maheno from lighters at Anzac Cove, Gallipoli, in 1915. Mon, 18 Jan 2016 16:33:49 +1100 ANZAC Q&A - WHAT WAS "SHRAPNEL VALLEY"? Image: Ottoman artillery unit at Gallipoli. Mon, 18 Jan 2016 16:34:19 +1100 ANZAC Q&A - WHO DID THE ANZACS FIGHT AT GALLIPOLI? Image: Senior Ottoman officers using a telescope on Gallipoli. Mon, 18 Jan 2016 16:35:10 +1100 ANZAC Q&A - WHO WAS "MECHMET"? Image: Ottoman authorities announce the declaration of war against France, Britain and Russia, 11 November 1914. Mon, 18 Jan 2016 16:36:53 +1100 MATTERS OF FAMILY - DIARY ENTRY 1 Father’s store is flourishing. Summer arrived with a vengeance this year and Coogee Bay is drawing more and more people. Fri, 22 Jan 2016 11:23:11 +1100 ARMY'S FIRST FLIGHT - DIARY ENTRY 2 Lt. Harrison’s English counterpart, Lt. Petre, snared his Deperdussin in telephone wires and crashed to the ground. It is interesting that Lt. Petre was himself brought from England three years ago especially to establish the Flying School, and he alone'S-FIRST-FLIGHT-DIARY-ENTRY-2.html Fri, 22 Jan 2016 12:12:04 +1100 MAWSON RETURNS FROM ANTARCTICA - DIARY ENTRY 3 You will recall prior to your departure, the Australian explorer who accompanied Shackleton to the Antarctic in 1907, Douglas Mawson, set off on an expedition of his own to the Antarctic. Fri, 22 Jan 2016 12:22:11 +1100 ON THE LAND - DIARY ENTRY 4 This year started very hot and dry. Fires raged across much of Victoria through February and March. Concern about the conditions extends across the whole country. Fri, 22 Jan 2016 12:26:24 +1100 CITIZEN FORCES UPDATE - DIARY ENTRY 5 You will be turned from boys to men, men who can rally for King and Country at a moment’s notice. When your service is up at 26, you will take all you have learned into your futures. Fri, 22 Jan 2016 12:26:35 +1100 MATTERS OF FAMILY - DIARY ENTRY 6 In regard to young Walter’s ambitions to become an Army officer, to his word he made enquiries about   entry into the Royal Military College. The examination is to be held in October and he has since buried himself in literature. Fri, 22 Jan 2016 12:26:52 +1100 NEWS OF THE DAY - DIARY ENTRY 7 Is Europe poised for war? The Austrians have sent an ultimatum to the Serbs demanding they cease actions against the Austro-Hungarian rule but the Servians seem resolute. Fri, 22 Jan 2016 12:27:05 +1100 ANOTHER ELECTION LOOMS - DIARY ENTRY 8 This is the first time a ‘double dissolution’ has been enacted and both the Prime Minister and Labor Leader, Andrew Fisher, have been seeking any forum to extol the virtues of their side and to articulate the failings of the other. Fri, 22 Jan 2016 12:27:15 +1100 A MOST AMAZING ADDITION TO NAVY - DIARY ENTRY 9 I have made a number of visits to Farm Cove since the Submarines arrived and think my fascination will never cease. Each boat carries only 35 crewmen. Fri, 22 Jan 2016 12:27:28 +1100 ON THE LAND - DIARY ENTRY 10 Regardless of talk of war in Europe we have our own issues here in Australia. The relentless heat of summer has eased but there is no celebration on the land. Fri, 22 Jan 2016 12:27:36 +1100 ADELAIDE CONNECTED TO MELBOURNE BY TELEPHONE - DIARY ENTRY 11 On Sunday the first telephone call between Adelaide and Melbourne was made. Apparently the callers could hear each other as if speaking from the next room despite the call travelling across 500 miles of copper. Fri, 22 Jan 2016 12:27:43 +1100 WOMEN'S WORK IN THE GREAT WAR Image: Scene from the cafe chantant held on 13 September 1916 and organised by women students in aid of the troops at the front.'S-WORK-IN-THE-GREAT-WAR.html Wed, 27 Jan 2016 10:06:29 +1100 AN EXTRAORDINARY TEACHER Her influence on our social fabric and recognition of women’s roles reached beyond the classroom. In 1915-17 she organised the South Australian Children's Patriotic Fund, mobilising schoolchildren for fundraising and scrap collecting. Wed, 27 Jan 2016 10:48:29 +1100 WHEN THE GUNS STOPPED Image: A girl in the Outback benefits from a lesson transmitted by the School Of The Air established by Adelaide Miethke after the wars had ended. Wed, 27 Jan 2016 11:33:08 +1100 SCHOOL FUNDRAISING IN THE GREAT WAR School children across Australia raised vast amounts of money and material for war relief funds by completing innumerable tasks for charities such as the Australian Comforts Fund and Red Cross. Wed, 27 Jan 2016 12:42:59 +1100 KIWI KIDS IN THE GREAT WAR Like their Aussie cousins Kiwi school children were far removed from the mechanised horror of industrial scale warfare taking place on the Western Front. Theirs was a battle for care packages, letters and peace bonds. Wed, 27 Jan 2016 12:50:57 +1100 ROULETTES & TENNIS ACE SAM GROTH Some of the RAAF’s top pilots crumbled under Aussie tennis ace Sam Groth’s world-record breaking serve but got their own back in the air. Wed, 27 Jan 2016 16:08:54 +1100 14 AIRCRAFT & 410 PERSONNEL ON EXERCISE RED FLAG The RAAF has 14 aircraft and more than 400 personnel flying the flag for Australia at the grueling Exercise Red Flag 16-1 in the United States. Wed, 27 Jan 2016 16:51:22 +1100 PARIS DEFENCE TALKS YIELD LITTLE OF SUBSTANCE A Coalition Defence ministers’ meeting in Paris recently issued a joint statement that pledged to discuss opportunities to accelerate and intensify the campaign against ISIL/Daesh. Wed, 27 Jan 2016 17:00:26 +1100 AUSTRALIA BUYING 3 MORE F MODEL CHINOOKS US officials deciding if the sale to Australia should be approved believed Australia would have no difficulty absorbing these aircraft into its armed forces and that the proposed sale would not alter the basic military balance in the region. Wed, 27 Jan 2016 17:01:41 +1100 ABOVE THE WHITE CLIFFS OF DOVER Dad told me that every time he saw the White Cliffs of Dover, after an air patrol, he knew he'd survived another day and was home safe and well. Fri, 03 Jun 2016 12:16:42 +1000 RAAF SUPPORT ARMY IN IRAQ The challenge became intense when a key piece of equipment, the Aircraft Truck Loading Unloading, became unserviceable. Thu, 10 Mar 2016 09:01:15 +1100 THE PIPER OF BAGHDAD He deployed with his bagpipes with the view to play during ANZAC Day but that quickly changed when he found himself front and centre playing for an Iraqi Army battalion during training. Thu, 10 Mar 2016 09:28:53 +1100 TACTICAL RESPONSE IN IRAQ Australian Army trainer WO2 Greg Wright said the Australian and New Zealand trainers enjoyed the training challenges, knowing the skills they taught will save lives in the future. Thu, 10 Mar 2016 10:04:54 +1100 AUSSIES GIVE OLD SCHOOL LESSONS ON BAYO COURSE The bayonet lessons proved so successful it was extended to other Iraqi troops currently training with Task Group Taji. Thu, 10 Mar 2016 10:26:22 +1100 HMAS MELBOURNE CREW AWARDED FOR JTF 633 Nine members of HMAS Melbourne’s crew were awarded Commander Joint Task Force 633 Commendations at the Naval Support Activity in Manama, Bahrain. Thu, 10 Mar 2016 10:38:13 +1100 AUSTRALIAN DEFENCE FORCE HELPING FIJI The landing points became hives of activity as all manner of breathing and mechanised capabilities came ashore. A significant challenge lies ahead for those on the ground in Fiji. Fri, 11 Mar 2016 14:00:03 +1100 UNITED EFFORT TO CLEAN UP NASAU VILLAGE Australian Defence Force personnel have conducted work parties with the Republic of Fiji Military Forces, to help clean up the village of Nasau on Koro Island after it was struck by tropical cyclone Winston. Fri, 11 Mar 2016 14:19:17 +1100 HMAS DARWIN SEIZES PIRATE WEAPONS After assessing the vessel to be stateless, 1989 AK-47 assault rifles, 100 rocket propelled grenade launchers, 49 PKM general purpose machine guns, 39 PKM spare barrels and 20 60mm mortar tubes were seized from the vessel that was headed towards the Somal Fri, 11 Mar 2016 14:47:15 +1100 1st ARMOURED REGIMENT ON PREDATOR'S GALLOP Sweet shots of 1st Armoured Regiment in Exercise Predator's Gallop 16.'S-GALLOP.html Fri, 11 Mar 2016 15:04:26 +1100 NAVY MILESTONE Today, the Navy has a ship deployed to maritime security operations in the Middle East region, vessels assigned to border operations in Australian waters while concurrently introducing a number of new capabilities as part of significant modernisation. Fri, 11 Mar 2016 15:04:40 +1100 BOOST FOR AFGHAN ARMY FACING RESURGENT TALIBAN Members of the Australian Defence Force have been central to the early success of ANAOA, providing mentoring and force protection to advise and assist the Academy’s Afghan instructors as part of a five-nation, British-led task force based at Camp Qargha Fri, 11 Mar 2016 15:08:06 +1100 AUSSIE ARMY CARPENTERS BUILDING A BETTER WORLD Two Australian Army carpenters deployed to Iraq are working tirelessly to build battle spaces and training facilities to help prepare the beleaguered Iraqi Army for the fight against ISIS. Tue, 15 Mar 2016 10:27:43 +1100 CANUCKS PROVE TO BE GOOD SAILORS Canadian Navy personnel have been serving under Australian command as part of Combined Task Force 150. Tue, 15 Mar 2016 10:55:02 +1100 ADFA 30 YEARS ON But the first parade of 2016 provided an opportunity to reflect on ADFA’s history and the future of the Australian Defence Force. Tue, 15 Mar 2016 12:22:04 +1100 BIG CHIEF VISITS TROOPS IN FIJI Around 900 Aussie troops are currently deployed on Operation Fiji Assist as part of the Australian contribution in the aftermath of Cyclone Winston. Thu, 17 Mar 2016 09:33:41 +1100 CHRIS FOWLER 100 YEARS AGO You might be interested in this Facebook page and blog which follows my grandfathers journey 100 years ago to the day. Fri, 09 Sep 2016 15:27:53 +1000 RED BEARDS & HIGH SEAS IN THE MIDDLE EAST HMAS Darwin has completed a successful first patrol in the Middle East region, arriving into the Port of Muscat, Oman on 14 March 2016. Thu, 31 Mar 2016 16:16:00 +1100 DIGGERS READY FIJIAN FIRIES FOR NEXT STORM Whilst the training delivered will better equip the Fijian’s for future disasters, the Emergency Responders will also return home with improved skills and broadened industry knowledge. Thu, 31 Mar 2016 16:24:44 +1100 MAKING OF A BEAR Successive Great War Bears have been met with affection, especially amongst descendants of Anzacs who served in the particular battalions or specialisations represented by each bear. Fri, 01 Apr 2016 10:13:52 +1100 A BEAR FOR THE NAVY As part of the Great War limited edition collector bear series, profits from AB Miller will be used to support younger veterans who have been wounded, physically and mentally, by service in today’s wars. Tue, 05 Apr 2016 11:23:57 +1000 AUSTRALIA'S WAR AT SEA: 1914-1918 The battle between the two ships began just after 0930. Emden’s gunners made the first hits, killing four of Sydney’s men and wounding more than a dozen, but these were the only RAN casualties.'S-WAR-AT-SEA:-1914-1918.html Tue, 05 Apr 2016 11:51:32 +1000 NAVY HISTORIAN WARMS TO BEAR Throughout his service he saw much of the world and participated in numerous exercises and operations that included operational deployments to Somalia, Bougainville and East Timor. Tue, 05 Apr 2016 13:01:51 +1000 WAR AT SEA 1914-15: AN ACCELERATING REVOLUTION (PART 1) Destroyers only began to get radio in 1908. The first submarine wireless set wasn’t fitted experimentally in a British unit until 1910. Wed, 06 Apr 2016 14:48:21 +1000 WAR AT SEA 1914-15: THE VIRTUAL UNREALITY (PART 2) The potential of wireless to coordinate widely separated forces was appreciated almost from the first, just as the telegraph cable had been recognised in the nineteenth century. Wed, 06 Apr 2016 15:48:51 +1000 THE 'DAWN OF JUSTICE' IN NORTHEAST ASIA: CHINA, THE US AND THE DPRK While watching the new Batman v Superman movie, I couldn’t help but draw parallels between the plot and current dynamics between the US, China and North Korea. No really, hear me out.'DAWN-OF-JUSTICE'-IN-NORTHEAST-ASIA:-CHINA,-THE-US-AND-THE-DPRK.html Wed, 06 Apr 2016 16:44:18 +1000 SEA, AIR AND LAND UPDATES Iraqi Prime minister Haider al Abadi confirmed last week that over two thirds of all the Humvees given to Iraq by the US - approximately 2,300 vehicles - have been stolen by Daesh and re-purposed, some even into car bombs. Fri, 08 Apr 2016 09:05:13 +1000 THE GERMAN NAVAL THREAT IN THE INDO-PACIFIC 1914-15 Few Australians today are aware that Germany once maintained a potent cruiser squadron permanently in East Asian waters. Commanded by Vice Admiral Maximilian von Spee, the squadron had its primary base at Tsingtao within China’s German concession. Fri, 08 Apr 2016 16:08:01 +1000 POP WAS AN AIRCRAFT MAN Crystal May shared this beautiful #DiggersTribute - "My husbands pop may served 1945 in the air craft regiment". Tue, 19 Apr 2016 12:03:46 +1000 MY POP Darryl Dick shared this moving #DiggersTribute of his grandfather - "My Pop, Roy Walter." Thu, 21 Apr 2016 16:10:46 +1000 RED CENTRE REMEMBERS "Thank you for our tomorrow. #lestweforget" Tue, 03 May 2016 10:42:39 +1000 THE "CONTRACT OF THE CENTURY": FRANCE REACTS TO THE AUSTRALIAN SUBMARINE DEAL The announcement that French defence contractor DCNS had been selected as Australia’s international partner to build RAN’s new fleet of 12 submarines was big news in Australia. Tue, 03 May 2016 11:28:26 +1000 NAVANTIA WINS AUSSIE TANKER CONTRACT Defence Minister Marise Payne said Australia’s current supply ship HMAS Success would reach its end-of-life in 2021 and needed to be replaced as a matter of priority. Mon, 09 May 2016 10:30:58 +1000 $40 BILLION SHIPBUILDING PROGRAM PLANNED Under the plan, two shipyards in Adelaide, South Australia, and Henderson, Western Australia, will continue to build and sustain naval surface ships in Australia for the coming decade. Mon, 09 May 2016 10:42:44 +1000 MAINTENANCE CONTRACT FOR ANZAC-CLASS Most of the sustainment work will be done in Henderson, Western Australia, with additional work at Fleet Base East, Sydney. Mon, 09 May 2016 10:52:43 +1000 AUSTRALIA'S FUTURE SUBMARINE: GETTING THE FACTS RIGHT While a French build is probable, the eventual decision, the real one, could be affected by factors ranging from another global financial crisis (making the subs unaffordable) to a new Defence White Paper being prepared that outlines a more rational role.'S-FUTURE-SUBMARINE:-GETTING-THE-FACTS-RIGHT.html Mon, 09 May 2016 11:07:37 +1000 EXERCISE JERICHO DAWN SHOWS OFF AIR/LAND INTEGRATION The live fire exercise allowed RAAF and Army operators, together with Defence and industry representatives, to observe the combined air and land capabilities in two scenarios. Mon, 09 May 2016 11:44:13 +1000 NEW APPOINTMENTS TO AWM COUNCIL Corporal Daniel Keighran VC and Wing Commander Sharon Bown (Ret’d) have been appointed to the council for three years. Mon, 09 May 2016 11:54:56 +1000 MONASH'S LESSONS ON THE COST OF WAR AND OUR AGE As the battalions exited their battered transports, Monash directed them down into the valley of the Somme. Their orders were simple: stop the Germans. They were alone and no reserves were available.'S-LESSONS-ON-THE-COST-OF-WAR-AND-OUR-AGE.html Mon, 09 May 2016 12:30:18 +1000 MILITARY POLICE CELEBRATE CENTENARY IN AFGHANISTAN The Royal Australian Corps of Military Police was previously known as the Australian Army Provost Corps. It was formed on April 3, 1916 and known then as the Anzac Provost Corps. Mon, 09 May 2016 12:30:26 +1000 EX BLACK DAGGER HATCHES NEW BROOD OF JTAC'S Exercise Black Dagger is a field training exercise held at RAAF Base Townsville and surrounding airspace over the period 01-15 April 2016 with aircraft and personnel from Number 4 Squadron supported by aircraft and personnel from the United States Navy.'S.html Mon, 09 May 2016 13:07:58 +1000 NEXT-GEN TARGETING SYSTEM Combat-proven, with nearly three million operational flight hours, MTS sensors provide detailed intelligence data from the visual and infrared spectra. Mon, 09 May 2016 13:42:37 +1000 RAAF BASE WILLIAMTOWN'S NEW TREATMENT PLANT Defence will fund the operation of the $9 million water treatment plant which will treat the water leaving Lake Cochran to ensure that PFOS and PFOA levels are below the adopted drinking water screening criteria.'S-NEW-TREATMENT-PLANT.html Mon, 09 May 2016 13:43:03 +1000 WEDGETAIL ACHIEVES 100% MISSION SUCCESS IN MIDDLE EAST Commander of the Air Task Group, Air Commodore Antony Martin, said that the men and women of the E-7A detachment should all be immensely proud of their efforts. Mon, 09 May 2016 13:43:33 +1000 BABY BIGHAM - TRIBUTE OF THE WEEK Each week we choose our favourite #DiggersTribute from the archives - this one was shared for Mother's Day 2016 Mon, 09 May 2016 16:26:32 +1000 A PASSION FOR TRUTH TILL THE LAST Graham Wilson was not a conventional military historian. More he was an investigative historical reporter. He was an extraordinary man with an exceptional dry humour and great compassion for all people. Thu, 12 May 2016 09:18:42 +1000 LONG TAN CROSS The Long Tan Cross Memorial in Vietnam is one of only two foreign war memorials allowed in the entire country. Wed, 18 May 2016 11:38:29 +1000 LONG TAN COLLECTION REMEMBERS ALL WHO SERVED Lead commemorative designer and son of a Vietnam Veteran, Steve Rainey, believes the collection will be valued by people with a connection to the Long Tan battle as well as those who served in other areas during the war. Wed, 18 May 2016 11:45:24 +1000 SOLDIER FORGES ARMOUR Army Warrant Officer Alex Barnes builds his own armour while on deployment in the Middle East. Wed, 18 May 2016 15:07:53 +1000 BAKING ANZAC BISCUITS IN A WARZONE In the kitchen of Australia’s main air operating base in the Middle East, the stifling heat wasn’t the main challenge of the day, as both nations discovered. Thu, 19 May 2016 16:27:44 +1000 CHARITY SALES DRIVE - GOOD GUYS, FYSHWICK Good Guys, Fyshwick is dusting off the kit one last time to raise funds for Soldier On. Don't miss out, 3 June 2016 is your last chance to get a great deal on Good Guys electronics and help Soldier On. Wed, 25 May 2016 13:46:20 +1000 KEEN SHOOTER’S MELT DOWN Get your free "Weapons’ of the ADF" digital booklet now! Created by Brian Hartigan founder and editor of CONTACT Air Land & Sea military magazine - dedicated to telling the story of the ADF and keeping all Australians informed on military affairs.’S-MELT-DOWN.html Fri, 27 May 2016 13:26:45 +1000 FOLLOWING THE TRAIL OF AN ANZAC CYCLIST/RUNNER The theme of Le Tour de Teddy is not so much to remember the heroes and the fallen, but to concentrate more on the many hundreds of thousands of our men and women, that returned from the war, all damaged in some way. Fri, 03 Jun 2016 10:07:36 +1000 MAN OF PEACE AMONGST THE RUINS I was the only Senior Chaplain to serve throughout the entire war from 1914 until my discharge in 1920, when I returned to Australia and spent the next 3 months Travelling & Lecturing on “Glimpses of Gallipoli” & “Chaplaincy Cameos”. Fri, 03 Jun 2016 11:17:32 +1000 THE UNKNOWN SOLDIER'S We do not know this Australian’s name and we never will. We do not know his rank or battalion. We do not know where he was born, or precisely how and when he died. Fri, 09 Sep 2016 10:51:21 +1000 A NEW ZEALAND WOLF IN SHEEP'S CLOTHING There’s a wolf in that sheep’s clothing. The big news for Australia is that its neighbour across the Tasman is more ambitious about its defence force than it has been for several decades. Thu, 16 Jun 2016 09:04:16 +1000 AUSSIE SAILOR FROM HMAS DARWIN DIES IN OMAN A Defence statement says, “It is with deep regret the Australian Defence Force can confirm the death of a Royal Australian Navy sailor in the Middle East”. Thu, 16 Jun 2016 14:33:59 +1000 ACE - THE LAST TANK The tank, named ACE, is one of just three surviving Matilda tanks that plunged into the waters of the Macassar Straights on 1 July 1945, in what is to this day Australia’s largest ever armoured assault. Mon, 20 Jun 2016 14:38:44 +1000 NAVY WELCOMES NEWEST OFFICERS ABOARD The graduates will now progress to specialised training in aviation, engineering, maritime warfare, maritime logistics, chaplaincy, law, medical and dental disciplines. Mon, 20 Jun 2016 15:51:37 +1000 FUNDRAISER FOR MILITARY RESEARCH Please read the attached flyer and come along to what should be a great show and informative talk. Fri, 09 Sep 2016 15:23:05 +1000 NEW ARMOURED FIGHTING VEHICLE UNVEILED Designed and developed to meet the increasing demand for multi-role, high mobility, and mine hardened platforms, providing a solution to the ever-changing demands of the global battlefield. Tue, 21 Jun 2016 13:43:16 +1000 F-35 PROGRAM LAUDED BY DEFENCE Australia has committed to 72 F-35A aircraft for three operational squadrons at RAAF Base Williamtown and RAAF Base Tindal, and a training squadron at RAAF Base Williamtown. Tue, 21 Jun 2016 13:55:09 +1000 THE LAST POST - A FAMILY AFFAIR Greg Ross' father started a veterans magazine "The Last Post" in the aftermath of the Second World War, now his son continues the legacy in the Anzac Centenary with revived digital and print editions of The Last Post. Wed, 29 Jun 2016 13:34:30 +1000 LONG TAN FACTS & FIGURES These facts and figures about the Battle of Long Tan help to quantify the bravery and sacrifice of both Australian, New Zealand and Vietnamese men at arms. Thu, 14 Jul 2016 12:03:31 +1000 LONG TAN HONOURS The article sets out the original decorations and awards bestowed under the Commonwealth-system as well as the honours bestowed as recognition of the battles importance grew. Thu, 14 Jul 2016 12:47:20 +1000 DELTA COMPANY MANNING A complete list of those who served in Delta Company, 6RAR during the Battle of Long Tan. Thu, 14 Jul 2016 12:49:31 +1000 MAPS - VIETNAM & NUI DAT Maps to help you understand the Vietnam War and the general area of operations for the 1st Australian Task Force in Phuoc Tuy Province and the Task Force base at Nui Dat. Thu, 14 Jul 2016 12:48:23 +1000 BIOGRAPHIES OF LONG TAN COMMANDERS Biographies for key commanders who led the fight at Long Tan. Thu, 14 Jul 2016 12:50:26 +1000 OFFICIAL LONG TAN DOCUMENTS Official Long Tan military documents which have been declassified. These include Australian ‘After Action Reports’, ‘Commander’s Diaries’ and more. Thu, 14 Jul 2016 12:51:02 +1000 FIGHTING FOR HONOUR LTCOL Harry Smith SG MC has continued the fight long after the last shot was fired in the Battle of Long Tan. This is a fight to see his men honoured for their sacrifice. Mon, 08 Aug 2016 14:31:22 +1000 PHANTOMS OF BRIBIE An Australian commander’s journey through life and the Vietnam War. Mon, 08 Aug 2016 14:28:02 +1000 VIETNAM VETERAN REMEMBERS ALL The Battle of Long Tan is more than a story for Dave Sabben. It is a clear and vivid memory. While not the biggest battle of Vietnam it was perhaps the most desperate. Mon, 08 Aug 2016 14:17:19 +1000 WILL LONG TAN HEROES BE RECOGNISED? Retired Lieutenant Colonel Harry Smith, now 83 years old, has been fighting for recognition for his men almost 50 years. Mon, 08 Aug 2016 13:24:06 +1000 VIETNAMESE BAN LONG TAN 50TH ANNIVERSARY SERVICE Vietnamese government officials have just told Australian representatives that they will not permit the ceremony to commemorate Vietnam Veteran’s Day at the Long Tan cross site to proceed as planned at 15:30 tomorrow. Wed, 17 Aug 2016 17:07:35 +1000 AUSTRALIANS URGED TO SUPPORT LEGACY DURING ANNUAL APPEAL Legacy Week began in 1942 during the Second World War. This year saw the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs pay tribute to the charity for its dedication and hard work helping veterans and their families over the decades. Mon, 29 Aug 2016 14:56:19 +1000 One Woman's War and Peace. A nurse’s journey in the Royal Australian Air Force From teaching East Timorese orphans English to tending to wounded soldiers in Afghanistan, Sharon’s story is that of a sheltered civilian nurse becoming a military Nursing Officer and a commander.'s-War-and-Peace.-A-nurse’s-journey-in-the-Royal-Australian-Air-Force.html Fri, 31 Mar 2017 14:47:43 +1100 Simply Bushed takes Anzac Award Simply Bushed is a band with a special place in their hearts of many in service. They recently won Anzac Song of the Year at Tamworth. Fri, 31 Mar 2017 14:53:27 +1100 GOTTA LOVE THOSE PLANES Between the air shows and PR giveaways the Roulettes are playing a big role in promoting the professionalism of Australian defence and the limitless opportunities in today's Australian Defence Force. Mon, 26 Jun 2017 13:17:05 +1000 WAS WWI JUST 25 APRIL 1915 For generations of Australian primary-school children the First World War was fought at Gallipoli. Is it changing? Are we telling the whole story? Writer Steve Wilson has a penny for your thoughts. Mon, 26 Jun 2017 13:16:27 +1000 COPPERS ON CHOPPERS HIT ROUTE 66 Coppers from across Australia will ride America's Route 66 in August to raise fund for Police Legacies to help families of those who died while serving to protect our community. You can help. Mon, 26 Jun 2017 13:15:46 +1000 PROTECTING YOUR BADGE When it comes to military badges little changes creep in over time. Some are intentional but others are destroying the original design. How can you be sure you're using the right badge? Mon, 26 Jun 2017 13:15:19 +1000 SANDS DESIGNER SUPPORTS U.S. 100 YEARS OF MATESHIP Our Embassy in America has turned to the creators of Sands of Gallipoli to design a special commemorative set to mark 100 Years of Mateship between the US and Australia - an alliance first forged at the Battle of Hamel in 1918. Mon, 26 Jun 2017 13:13:23 +1000 BREWS BEAT BLUES Research suggests a simple cuppa and chat with a friend can make a life-saving difference to people living with or at risk of developing mental health problems. Mon, 26 Jun 2017 13:14:08 +1000 FLOCK TO AIR SHOW Arthur Mitchell took a team to the Wings Over Illawarra air show to set-up shop so that spectators could get a big assortment of military collectables to remember their special day out.  He says it “was nothing short of spectacular!” Mon, 26 Jun 2017 13:12:40 +1000 Revamped Anzac Portal to publish interviews of Vietnam Veterans and family Eight Departmental commemorative websites have been consolidated into the single Anzac Portal to provide a single, central location for information on Australian war history. Fri, 18 Aug 2017 09:24:43 +1000 Australians encouraged to reflect on the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Milne Bay today Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan MP today encouraged Australians to pause and reflect on the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Milne Bay. The Battle of Milne Bay, from 25 August to 7 September 1942, saw a Japanese amphibious landing defeated for Fri, 25 Aug 2017 10:03:14 +1000 Malaya and Borneo veterans remembered During our 13 years in Malaya, personnel from the Australian navy, army and air force played a key role in bringing the long-running insurgency to an end. Fri, 01 Sep 2017 10:55:24 +1000 Nation commemorates Battle for Australia Day today On the first Wednesday of September we reflect on a time in our history when war was at our doorstep, and we pay our respects to the men and women who stood tall in our defence Thu, 01 Jan 1970 10:00:00 +1000 MAKE HAY AS WE MAKE WAY FOR THE BUILDERS We are having our first ever Clearance Sale so that we can make room for the builders. We invite you to make hay while we make way for construction.  Every product in our Clearance Sale carries our rock-solid quality guarantee so you can be confident in Mon, 11 Sep 2017 11:53:37 +1000 AUSTRALIAN PEACEKEEPING MEMORIAL TO OPEN 14 SEPTEMBER 2017 This Memorial will commemorate the significant contribution made " in the service of peace" by over 80,000 Australian peacekeepers – military, police and civilian – to more than 60 United Nations and other international peacekeeping missions since 194 Wed, 13 Sep 2017 09:19:09 +1000 Speed and Mass – the future of war When thinking about future war, we should factor in the potential for military-technological discontinuities to emerge. Two are worth focusing on, specifically the return of mass and the re-emergence of speed in warfare.–-the-future-of-war.html Thu, 01 Jan 1970 10:00:00 +1000 Beersheba’s Biggest Day Yet At full gallop, with bayonets in hand, the horsemen jumped first the front trenches and then the main. As they cleared a line troopers leapt from their saddles to attack the Turks with rifle and bayonet. Others sped on to do the same at the rear trenches’s-Biggest-Day-Yet.html Wed, 20 Sep 2017 13:47:27 +1000 Centenary of the Battle of Polygon Wood Australia suffered more than 5,700 casualties at Polygon Wood, out of a total of 38,000 during eight weeks of fighting, known as the Flanders Offensive, between September and October 1917 on the Western Front. Tue, 26 Sep 2017 11:36:51 +1000 A MILESTONE FOR AUSTRALIAN MEDALLION CREATOR BrandNet is celebrating its 100th limited edition medallion design with a-soon-to-be released medallion to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the charge at Beersheba. To celebrate the milestone they’re gifting limited edition medallions to collectors. Wed, 04 Oct 2017 15:55:31 +1100 WALL TAKES ON LIFE OF ITS OWN It’s not often museum staff let visitors ignore the rules, but that is just what is happening at the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery’s Great War Sacrifice and Shadows exhibition in Launceston. Tue, 10 Oct 2017 10:29:40 +1100 NO SHINE ON PEOPLE’S CHOICE This not so shiny 1946 vintage Ariel VB motorcycle in ‘original’ condition took out the people’s choice award at the Defence Riders recent Show n’ Shine in Canberra and helped raise much needed funds for prostate cancer research.’S-CHOICE.html Tue, 10 Oct 2017 11:35:29 +1100 INSPIRED, PROUD AND TOUCHED The heroic efforts of the Australian 2017 Invictus Games team inspired Australians to share their pride during the weeklong event in Canada last month. The games will be in Sydney next year.,-PROUD-AND-TOUCHED.html Tue, 10 Oct 2017 09:38:03 +1100 STUDENT TASTES KOKODA Victorian Year 11 student Ben Camm didn’t just walk the Kokoda trail – he lived it, right down to wearing a WW2 uniform, lugging a SMLE rifle and sporting a 40s haircut. And he loved it! Tue, 10 Oct 2017 10:17:16 +1100 CHARGE IS JUST PART OF THE LIGHT HORSE STORY As part of commemorations later this month for the 100th anniversary of the Light Horse charge at Beersheba a new collection is being released to share more of the story and legend that is the Australian Light Horse. Tue, 10 Oct 2017 09:48:32 +1100 ARMY CHIEF TURNS FILMAKER A hard-hitting film by the Chief of Army, Lt-Gen Campbell, which tackles the issues of domestic and family violence from the perspective of soldiers, will feature later this month at the Veterans Film Festival in Canberra. Tue, 10 Oct 2017 10:12:15 +1100 SHOW YOUR SUPPORT FOR ANIMALS The role of animals in the military has changed much in the past 100 years, but they still serve and are still a vital part of operations, at home and abroad. The purple poppy lets us acknowledge their service and their sacrifices. Tue, 10 Oct 2017 10:03:56 +1100 Fake online retail shop removed from the web An online retail shop representing itself as an official site of the Australian Army – “” – has been removed from the web. This site was not supported by the Australian Army or associated with the Australian Army. Thu, 12 Oct 2017 10:37:27 +1100 ‘Darkest Hour’ to Headline at 2017 Veterans Film Festival Political drama ‘Darkest Hour’ directed by Joe Wright (Atonement and Pride & Prejudice) will open this year’s Veterans Film Festival on Wednesday 18th October at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra.‘Darkest-Hour’-to-Headline-at-2017-Veterans-Film-Festival.html Fri, 13 Oct 2017 13:22:25 +1100 Proudly Supporting the 2017 Veterans Film Festival The Veterans’ Film Festival brings the stories of current service military personnel, veterans, their families and communities to life. Wed, 18 Oct 2017 11:12:51 +1100 Beersheba Light Horse Had Amazing Physical Strength  One of Australia’s leading authorities on the Australian Light Horse believes horse riders will have a special appreciation of the endurance and skills displayed by the light horse at the charge of Beersheba. .html Wed, 25 Oct 2017 13:09:48 +1100 Kokoda campaign ends quietly 75 years ago On 2 November 1942 battle-wearied Australian troops cautiously marched into the war ravaged Papuan village of Kokoda. The Battle of the Kokoda Track was over. Tue, 31 Oct 2017 13:34:32 +1100 25TH ANNIVERSARY OF AUSTRALIA’S PEACEKEEPING DEPLOYMENT TO SOMALIA More than 1,500 Australians served in Somalia from 1992–94, four were wounded or injured—and one Australian soldier—infantryman Lance Corporal Shannon McAliney was accidentally killed on 2 April 1993.’S-PEACEKEEPING-DEPLOYMENT-TO-SOMALIA.html Wed, 10 Jan 2018 09:57:18 +1100 WESTERN FRONT TAPESTRY NOW ON DISPLAY AT SHRINE OF REMEMBRANCE Designed by Australian war artists Lyndell Brown and Charles Green and created by an extraordinary team of weavers, the Morning Star tapestry depicts winter dawn light illuminating a pathway through eucalypt trees and bush towards sunlight with inset imag Thu, 18 Jan 2018 11:02:13 +1100