Reflections on a century of service

Below you’ll find short stories about South Australian servicemen and women, their families and their communities. You will also find below the Anzac Centenary Think Piece series contributed by South Australian military historians, authors, academics, educators, and journalists.

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History of the 27th Battalion ‘Unley’s Own’

At this time just over 100 years ago ‘Unley’s Own’ 27th Battalion took part in the Battle of Amiens.  The battalion was part of the first wave of attacks during […]

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Centenary of the Battle of Lihons

Following the crushing defeat inflicted on the German Army during Battle of Amiens, the Australian Corps Commander, Lieutenant General John Monash was keen to press the advantage.  He later said […]

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65th Anniversary of the Korean War Armistice

The Korean War began on 25 June 1950 when North Korean forces invaded South Korea. US intervention turned the tide of the war, and soon the US and South Korean […]

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Centenary of the Battle of Abu Tellul

The lower reaches of the Jordan Valley during the summer months were described as ‘a windless, mountain-walled world of dust and desolation, a thousand feet below sea level’. The dust, […]

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Centenary of the Battle of Amiens

‘For the first time in the history of this Corps, all five Australian Divisions will tomorrow engage in the largest and most important battle operation ever undertaken by the Corps. […]

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War Letters of General Monash

Having taken command of the Australian Army Corps on 31 May 1918, the following letters were written by then Lieutenant General Monash, to his wife Victoria in the days leading […]

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Western Front Experience

I arrived in Paris full of anticipation about finally going to the Western Front, to see the place on earth where many of our brave souls fought and where too […]

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Corporal Phillip Davey Awarded Victoria Cross

On 28 June 1918 Corporal Phillip Davey took part in a daylight attack on Merris in northern France while serving with the 10th Battalion.  The 23 year old from Unley […]

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Centenary of the Battle of Hamel

The capture of the town of Hamel and its surrounding areas was a significant and strategic objective for the Allied cause in mid-1918.  Capture of these areas would provide an […]

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Anzac Centenary Reflections Competition winner James Fitzroy recounts his visit to the Australian War Memorial

“On Some Hill top, Still, Beautiful, Gleaming White” These were Charles Bean’s words describing his vision for what the Australian War Memorial should appear as. His vision stands out facing […]

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