BTW, fantastic pics! Cant wait to see more!
Here's something a little different, hopefully, the true military history enthusiasts will enjoy.
On 11 April 2007, Prime Minister John Howard launched “Records online” at the National Archives in Canberra. In a three-year preservation project, the National Archives digitised 376,000 service records of the men and women of the 1st Australian Imperial Force 1914 - 1918.
As a gift to the nation, these records are all available online.
[size=4]The complete service history of Gunner H.E. Shields[/size]
Yeah, those online records are great. I've found relatives in WW1 and WW2 (but you have to wait a bit to get those ones).
Another nice find thanks for that one. Looking forward to the WWII ones coming on line.
1 of 6Australian support for South Vietnam in the early 1960s was in keeping with American policy of stemming the tide of communism.
From the arrival of advisers in 1962, until the last battalion left Nui Dat in November 1971, 50 000 Australians, including ground troops and Air Force and Navy personnel, saw service. Of these, some 500 were killed and almost 2,400 wounded. The war was the cause of the greatest social and political dissent in Australia since the conscription referendums of the First World War.
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I almost bought a WW1 death plaque recently - British - purely on instant emotional attachment. 19 y.o. Brit soldier (same surname as mine), killed day 1 of the Somme offensive.
Someone else had deeper pockets than me ... c'est la vie!
P.S. Cheers Jµµso for the videos - magic stuff.
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Brilliant pics Auzzzie. Cheers!
[size=4]The Italian Warship San Giorgio[/size]
January 22 1941 - Tobruk, Libya is taken from the Italians by British and Australian forces. Italian coastal defence ship San Giorgio is scuttled off Tobruk by the Italian crew. San Giorgio was cited for its bravery at maintaining its position and bombing advancing Commonwealth forces, halting them for 11 hours.
[size=4]Axis POWs & Captured Equipment[/size]
[size=2]NB: Last frame – Captured ammunition is destroyed near Tobruk[/size]
And my personal favourite…
[size=4]RAAF crewed Short Sunderland[/size]
[size=4]RAAF & U.S. (in Australia) Curtiss P-40 Kittyhawk[/size]
[size=4]RAAF Liberator overhaul[/size]
[size=4]Volunteer Defence Corps[/size]
[size=2]NB: First frame – Mock-up Lewis Gun?[/size]
About the VDC
[size=4]Training for War[/size]
[size=4]”Drop Shorts” (Artillery)[/size]
NB: Last three frames are Javanese Guerrillas trained by Australian troops.
[size=4]New Guinea & Borneo[/size]
NB: Last frame – Japanese bomb Port Moresby New Guinea
[size=4]Royal Australian Navy[/size]
[size=4]The Citizens’ Military Forces & Others[/size]