Great pics. The dance of the flaming arseholes can have serious ramifications if you don't do it properly ie: removing the burning touchpaper before it reaches your bum. Or in my case, the hair on my bum.
Either 5 or 9 squadron operated a couple of gunships donated by the yanks. They were not allowed to bring them home.
I thought the Aussie gunships in Vietnam (9 Sqn) were standard UH-1Hs converted in-theatre, using old US Army parts "purchased" by the RAAF (with a couple of cases of VB!). I've never read anything about Cobras.
17th March 1917, as the Germans pulled back from the Somme to the Hindenburg Line, the Australians entered Bapaume to a scene of devastation.
On the 23rd March 1917, the town hall was destroyed by a delayed action mine..."a steel wire was suspended in acid. The acid, eating through it, released a spring operating a striker and thus fired the mine". Occupants of the town hall (not a Divisional HQ as hoped by the Germans) included 30 men of the Australian Comforts Fund (employed in coffee stalls etc) and 2 French deputies. All were killed. 13 other Australians were killed (bystanders in the street).
Australian Light Horse outside the town hall, a few days before the explosion.