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.

 

75th Anniversary of the Battle of Wau

At the beginning of World War II, the town of Wau, situated in the upper reaches of the Buolo Valley in New Guinea, was a small mining settlement. Gold prospectors […]

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50th Anniversary of Tet Offensive

The Tet Offensive, launched in early 1968 by the Viet Cong, marked the significant turning point in the Vietnam War. During the offensive, which began in the early hours of […]

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25 years since Operation Solace

In late 1992, Somalia was in the grip of a major famine following many years of crippling drought. This was compounded by an ongoing, fierce and bloody tribal battle which […]

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The Great War – 11 – 17 January, 1918

Western Front Winter’s short days and inclement weather kept aircraft on the ground for much of the time. Australian scouts, when they could fly, engaged in low-level reconnaissance and offensive […]

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The Great War – 4 – 10 January, 1918

What is in a name?  If you were in South Australia during the Great War, quite a lot.  In fact, even if you were Australian by birth, your family name could […]

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The Great War – 28 Dec 1917 – 3 Jan 1918

The festive season brought with it thoughts of home, and the ever present question of when the war might end so that families could be reunited on home soil. Reports […]

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The Great War – 21 – 27 December, 1917

As we focus on the Christmas period 100 years ago, many South Australian families cast their minds to their loved ones who were far from home. Whether fighting on the […]

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The Great War – 14 – 20 December, 1917

…it seems that many battles of 1917 – Bullecourt, Messines, Menin Road, Polygon Wood, perhaps even Passchendaele – elude popular cultural imagination. Ghastly though they were, they lacked the form, […]

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Did you know – First Lady of the Fleet

On Saturday 09 December HMAS Success became ‘First Lady of the Fleet’, the title bestowed upon the senior Major Fleet Unit in the RAN. As the Grand Lady HMAS Darwin […]

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The Second Conscription Referendum – 1917

Are you in favour of the proposal of the Commonwealth Government for reinforcing the Commonwealth Forces overseas? As we look back 100 years ago and reflect on The Great War […]

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