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.

 

First Battle of Amman

The First Raid on Amman was mounted from 22 to 30 March 1918 during the Sinai and Palestine Campaign of World War I. The Egyptian Expeditionary Force, consisting of British, […]

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Centenary of the First Battle of Villers-Bretonneux, France

Following the defeat of Tsarist Russia in early 1918 and an end to fighting on the Eastern Front, German forces transferred significant manpower and equipment to the Western Front in […]

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Centenary of the Battle of Dernancourt

The First Battle of Dernancourt was fought on 28 March 1918 in northern France. In the lead up to the Battle the allied forces on the Western Front had made […]

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75th Anniversary of Japanese Defeat on Guadalcanal

In 1942 Australia was under direct threat of invasion. Having already occupied sections of mainland East Asia, Japanese forces were rapidly expanding south along the chain of Pacific Islands that […]

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Radji Beach Massacre

  Many wartime stories contain incredible tales of courage and survival, but few can surpass that of Australian Army Nursing Sister Vivian Bullwinkel, whose survival of what has become known […]

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Bombing of Darwin

Monday 19 February marks the 76th anniversary of the bombing of Darwin – a battle that still stands today as the first and largest single attack ever mounted on Australian soil […]

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75th Anniversary of the introduction of The Defence (Citizen Military Forces) Act 1943

The Defence (Citizen Military Forces) Act 1943 was a Commonwealth law passed on 19 February 1943. The Act extended the area in which the Militia were obliged to serve, from […]

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Battle of the Bismark Sea

  In December 1942 a decision was made by Japanese Imperial Headquarters to reinforce its position in the South West Pacific by moving 6,900 of its New Guinea troops from […]

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The Great War 8-14 February, 1918

Western Front The 10th Battalion diary notes that the month of February was spent mostly in training and recreation, including a belated Christmas celebration in the middle of the month. […]

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The Great War 1-7 February, 1918

Europe At the beginning of February 1918 allied forces on the Western Front continued their winter defensive preparations for an anticipated German offensive being planned by Quartermaster General Erich Ludendorff […]

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