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.

To receive the weekly Think Piece via email register here. Some stories have been sources and researched via the RSL Virtual War Memorial which aims to deliver a compelling account of the service and sacrifice of these men and women. Do you have a story about a South Australian individual, family or community that reflects the Anzac Centenary? If so submit your story, photo or video directly to the website at the “submit a story” button. If you want some guidance on how to prepare your story, be sure to contact us at veteranssa@sa.gov.au. Submissions are reviewed  before being posted to the site.

 

50th Anniversary of the Battle of Fire Support Bases Coral and Balmoral

The Battle of Fire Support Bases Coral and Balmoral was a series of actions fought by the 1st Australian Task Force between May and June 1968 against the North Vietnamese […]

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75th Anniversary of the sinking of Australian Hospital Ship, The Centaur

At approximately 4.00am on 14 May 1943, without warning and despite being clearly marked with red crosses, Australian Hospital Ship The Centaur was sunk by a torpedo from a Japanese […]

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75th Anniversary of the Dambusters Raid

Very few exploits of World War II have attracted as much admiration as the raid on the German dams of the Ruhr Valley. Prior to the Second World War, the […]

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Taking Command of the Australian Army Corps – Letters Home

……. the Australian Corps is the backbone of the Allied Armies Following two years in command of the 3rd Division AIF, then Major General John Monash assumed command of the […]

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The Great War – April 1918

The past, it has been said, is a foreign country and one of the challenges of imagination that we face as we commemorate the centenary of the war is to […]

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An Anzac Day Reflection – Lindsay Gould

1918. The year the Great War, the War to end all Wars, ended one hundred years ago this coming November 11th , the day the guns fell silent after four […]

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Centenary of the demise of the Red Baron

Manfred Albrecht Freiherr von Richthofen was shot down, most likely by an Australian soldier, on 21 April 1918, over Morlancourt Ridge, France. Born on 2 May 1892 into an aristocratic […]

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Centenary of the Second Battle of Villers-Bretonneux

April 25th, a day seared in the minds of all Australians. Traditionally associated with the landings at Gallipoli in 1915, it was also a day that marked the turning point […]

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Loss of HMAS AE2

The AE2, one of Australia’s first wartime submarines, lies 74 metres below the surface of the Sea of Marmara off the coast of Turkey, exactly where it sank, on 30 […]

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Centenary of the Battle of Hébuterne

The Battle of Hébuterne was fought between 27 March and 5 April 2018.  The Battle was a consequence of Germany’s long anticipated Spring Offensive (or Kaiserschlacht – Kaiser’s Battle).  The […]

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