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  • Westminster Abbey acknowledges Mohammed in succession of prophets

    04/30/2015 6:48:34 AM PDT · by NRx · 38 replies
    Archbishop Cranmer (blog) ^ | 04-28-2015 | Archbishop Cranmer (blog)
    “Peace be upon all auspicious prophets of God, from Adam, Noah and Abraham to Moses, Jesus and Mohammed Mustafa..”
  • SBS reporter Scott McIntyre sparks outrage on twitter with ‘despicable’ Anzac comments

    04/25/2015 5:15:35 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 47 replies ^ | 26th April 2015 | Andrew Hamblin
    A HIGH-profile SBS presenter has come under fire for a vicious public attack on Australian Diggers in which he implied that Anzacs were rapists and terrorists. SBS soccer reporter Scott McIntyre’s rant on social media late on Anzac Day has been drawn outrage from Australian leaders, including Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull who labelled his comments “despicable”. “Difficult to think of more offensive or inappropriate comments,” Mr Turnbull tweeted. “Despicable remarks which deserve to be condemned.”
  • LEST WE FORGET: Thousands of Australians attend Anzac Day dawn ceremonies (great photos at link)

    04/24/2015 6:19:25 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 9 replies
    Daily Mail (Australia/UK) ^ | 25th April 2015 | Lucy Thackray and Heather Mcnab
    While the Gallipoli Peninsula in Turkey prepares to receive more than 10,000 people to it's shores on Anzac Day, around Australia dawn services are being held with proud Aussies paying respects in record numbers on the 100th anniversary of the Gallipoli landing in a sign of unity and honour. Since 1915, Anzac Day has been marked with ceremonies of remembrance to pay tribute to the 50,000 Australians and New Zealanders who fought on the shores of Turkey, and on Saturday special centenary celebrations will mark the sacrifice and valour of these fallen soldiers. Although no WWI soldiers survive, moving dawn...
  • Men Arrested in Melbourne Over Alleged 'ISIS-Inspired' Anzac Day Terrorist Plot

    04/17/2015 8:10:10 PM PDT · by kristinn · 5 replies
    Australia ABC ^ | (Saturday) April 18, 2015
    Counterterrorism police have alleged two of the five men they arrested in an operation in Melbourne were planning an Islamic State-inspired terrorist attack on an Anzac Day ceremony. The two men, an 18-year-old Hallam man and an 18-year-old Hampton Park man, were arrested this morning during a major joint counterterrorism team operation. Another man was arrested for weapons offences and two other men were in custody assisting police with their enquiries, after seven search warrants were executed as part of Operation Rising. The Australian Federal Police said they believed the two 18-year-olds were plotting an attack to take place on...
  • ANZAC’s lasting Middle East impact

    04/26/2014 7:00:20 AM PDT · by Former Fetus · 1 replies
    The Times of Israel ^ | 4/25/2014 | Dave Sharma
    Ninety-nine years ago today, April 25, in the very early hours before dawn, some 1200 kilometers from Jerusalem, members of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps – or ANZACs – landed on the western shore of the Gallipoli Peninsula, in modern-day Turkey, at a place we now call Anzac Cove. At roughly the same time, British forces landed at the southern tip of the Gallipoli Peninsula, at Cape Helles, whilst French forces went ashore at Kum Kale, on the Turkish mainland just opposite Cape Helles. Indian and Canadian troops later joined the campaign. This multinational invasion force was to...
  • Anzac Day 2014: Thousands attend services worldwide to commemorate Anzac Day

    04/25/2014 7:18:20 AM PDT · by Scoutmaster · 9 replies ^ | April 25, 2014
    Australians have gathered at Anzac Day ceremonies around the world to commemorate the 99th anniversary of the Gallipoli landing, and pay their respects to the men and women who have served and died in war. In Gallipoli, thousands made the pilgrimage to attend services at Anzac Cove and Lone Pine. With many people holding off until next year's ticketed centenary services, numbers were down with just under 5,000 in attendance at Anzac Cove. People also gathered at the Australian National Memorial at Villers-Bretonneux in France to pay their respects. Back in Australia, dawn services were held around the country, with...
  • Woman among three New Zealand soldiers killed in Afghan blast

    08/27/2012 2:09:04 PM PDT · by archy · 6 replies
    Australia Network News ^ | Mon Aug 20, 2012 6:16am AEST | staff
    Woman among three New Zealand soldiers killed in Afghan blast New Zealand prime minister John Key vowed not to "cut and run" from Afghanistan after three New Zealand soldiers, including a woman, were killed in a huge roadside bomb blast. The New Zealand Defence Force says the soldiers were in the last vehicle of a convoy that was hit by an improvised explosive device in north-east Bamyan Province. Mr Key has named the three soldiers as Lance Corporal Jacinda Baker, Private Richard Harris, and Corporal Luke Tametea. Lance Corporal Baker, a medic, is New Zealand's first female casualty in Afghanistan....
  • Sergeant Todd Langley killed in Afghanistan fire-fight, another Digger wounded

    07/04/2011 7:33:51 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 6 replies ^ | 5th July 2011 | Malcolm Farr
    AUSTRALIA'S latest combat fatality in Afghanistan, Sergeant Todd Langley, was on his seventh tour of war zone duty when killed by enemy fire, Defence officials revealed today. The 35-year old veteran of the Sydney-based 2nd Commando Regiment was helping clear out an area in southern Afghanistan when he was hit in the head by insurgent fire and died on the battle field yesterday. A second Australian in his group, whose name has not been released, was wounded and is now in a serious condition but has contacted his family. Prime Minister Julia Gillard said Australia was mourning the loss of...
  • Coalition airmen observe day of remembrance

    04/28/2010 8:19:15 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 212+ views
    Air Force News ^ | Maj. Chad Steffey, USAF
    4/28/2010 - SOUTHWEST ASIA (AFNS) -- Airmen from six partner nations gathered at the memorial plaza for a dawn service to observe Australian and New Zealand Army Corps Day April 25 here. A national day of remembrance in Australia and New Zealand, ANZAC Day is commemorated April 25 every year by both countries to honor members of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps who fought in Turkey during World War I. Much like Memorial Day in the United States, ANZAC Day pays tribute to all who have served in military operations for their country. Royal Australian Air Force Squadron...
  • ‘The Australian Light Horsemen helped create Israel’

    04/28/2010 3:02:22 PM PDT · by SJackson · 23 replies · 382+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 4-28-10 | GREER FAY CASHMAN
    ANZAC Day marks the 1915 dawn landing in Gallipoli of Australian and New Zealand troops. Soldiers and former service personnel from Australian and New Zealand forces, diplomats, military attaches, and Australian and New Zealand expatriates living in Israel as well as tourists from those countries, and young antipodeans engaged in volunteer projects in Israel were among the crowd that gathered at the Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery in Jerusalem on Sunday for the annual ANZAC Day ceremony honoring soldiers who sacrificed their lives fighting on foreign shores for peace, justice and democracy. ANZAC Day marks the 1915 dawn landing in Gallipoli...
  • Pride in the past isn't necessarily a lost cause

    04/24/2010 2:09:27 AM PDT · by myknowledge · 6 replies · 274+ views
    The Australian ^ | April 24, 2010 | Tim Soutphommasane
    Is it disloyal to criticise aspects of Anzac Day because you believe it involves myth and ritualised militarism? TOMORROW our nation pauses to remember. At cenotaphs and shrines across our cities, at memorials in country towns, and indeed on the sandy ridges of Gallipoli, Australians will be greeting the dawn with solemn patriotism. Anzac Day is for many Australians our true and authentic national day. But for others it is a day that evokes ambivalence rather than pride. Why, some ask, should we lend such sacred importance to a day that glorifies death and war? What is there to be...
  • On ANZAC Day, Serbs in Sydney, Australia remember and honor the Fallen

    05/07/2009 7:45:21 AM PDT · by Ravnagora · 9 replies · 1,114+ views
    ANZAC Day is a national remembrance day in Australia and is celebrated annually on April 25th, to remember members of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps who fought bravely at Gallipoli, Turkey during the First World War. ANZAC Day also commemorates all those who made the ultimate sacrifice and served in military operations for Australia. The Serbian Community in Sydney, Australia has attended and made a strong presence in the national ANZAC Day commemoration services since 1956 by attending the Sydney March. Throughout all capital cities within Australia, grand children and great grandchildren of Serbian Chetnik soldiers along with...
  • For Valour (excellent documentary on Australian Victoria Cross recipients - bravest of the brave)

    04/28/2009 6:26:54 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 4 replies · 552+ views
    History Channel Australia | 25th April 2009 | History Channel Australia
    Somebody has placed this incredible documentary on youtube and I commend it to anybody interested in the history of heroism, or the history of war in general. Overall, it's about an hour long and it explores in a fair amount of detail the actions that lead to the award of the Victoria Cross, the British Empire's and Commonwealth's highest decoration for bravery in the face of an enemy (thus given in the same place in our heirarchy of bravery awards that the Medal of Honour occupies in the United States), to Australian's since the dawn of the twentieth century. It...
  • The Spirit of ANZAC 27th April 2009

    04/27/2009 4:01:16 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 228+ views
    27th April 2009 | vanity
    Saturday, 25th April 2009, was ANZAC Day in Australia and New Zealand - the day that these nations remember their men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice in time of war. It is the anniversary of the day in 1915 when troops of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps went ashore at Gallipoli, Turkey - the first time substantial bodies of troops from those two young nations (Australia 1901, New Zealand 1907) had gone into battle as soldiers of their nations, rather than purely and soley as troops of the British Empire (although they still retained that...
  • Bound by history, French children honour their debt

    04/25/2009 9:45:40 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 9 replies · 807+ views
    The Australian ^ | 25th April 2009 | Peter Wilson and Lauren Wilson
    "WE have not forgotten the Australians." That is the simple message of Pauline Lefebore, 10, who beams with pride as she tells how she and her classmates in a French village are keeping a promise made long before they were born. Pauline and the 130 other children at the school in Villers-Bretonneux are raising money for children affected by Victoria's Black Saturday bushfires. "You always have to keep your promises," said Pauline's friend, Cecile Przewrocka. This promise was made by their grandparents, and it is still written above the blackboard in the class of Chantal Macrez and every other teacher...
  • The Spirit of ANZAC 26th April 2009

    04/25/2009 9:37:46 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 1 replies · 414+ views
    26th April 2009 | vanity
    Yesterday, Saturday, 26th April 2009, was ANZAC Day in Australia and New Zealand - the day that these nations remember their men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice in time of war. It is the anniversary of the day in 1915 when troops of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps went ashore at Gallipoli, Turkey - the first time substantial bodies of troops from those two young nations (Australia 1901, New Zealand 1907) had gone into battle as soldiers of their nations, rather than purely and soley as troops of the British Empire (although they still retained...
  • The Spirit of ANZAC 24th April 2009

    04/23/2009 4:01:46 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 1 replies · 798+ views
    24th April 2009 | vanity
    This coming Saturday, 25th April 2009, is ANZAC Day in Australia and New Zealand - the day that these nations remember their men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice in time of war. It is the anniversary of the day in 1915 when troops of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps went ashore at Gallipoli, Turkey - the first time substantial bodies of troops from those two young nations (Australia 1901, New Zealand 1907) had gone into battle as soldiers of their nations, rather than purely and soley as troops of the British Empire (although they still...
  • The Spirit of ANZAC 23rd April 2009

    04/22/2009 4:32:53 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 2 replies · 263+ views
    23rd April 2009 | vanity
    This coming Saturday, 25th April 2009, is ANZAC Day in Australia and New Zealand - the day that these nations remember their men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice in time of war. It is the anniversary of the day in 1915 when troops of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps went ashore at Gallipoli, Turkey - the first time substantial bodies of troops from those two young nations (Australia 1901, New Zealand 1907) had gone into battle as soldiers of their nations, rather than purely and soley as troops of the British Empire (although they still...
  • The Spirit of ANZAC 22nd April 2009

    04/21/2009 4:37:15 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 15 replies · 419+ views
    22nd April 2009 | vanity
    This coming Saturday, 25th April 2009, is ANZAC Day in Australia and New Zealand - the day that these nations remember their men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice in time of war. It is the anniversary of the day in 1915 when troops of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps went ashore at Gallipoli, Turkey - the first time substantial bodies of troops from those two young nations (Australia 1901, New Zealand 1907) had gone into battle as soldiers of their nations, rather than purely and soley as troops of the British Empire (although they still...
  • Remains of MIA Aussie bomber found (the last Australian MIAs of Vietnam)

    04/21/2009 1:05:58 AM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 1 replies · 308+ views ^ | 21st April 2009 | Mark Dodd
    THE remains of an RAAF Canberra bomber flown by Australia's last two MIAs have been found in Vietnam. The wreckage was found in a remote mountainous region near the Viet-Lao border but no human remains have been located so far, Defence Science and Personnel Minister Warren Snowdon said. Flying Officer Michael Herbert and Pilot Officer Robert Carver went missing on November 3, 1970 after their Canberra bomber failed to return from a mission, The Australian reports.
  • The Spirit of ANZAC 21st April 2009

    04/20/2009 5:49:59 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 18 replies · 416+ views
    21st April 2009 | vanity
    This coming Saturday, 25th April 2009, is ANZAC Day in Australia and New Zealand - the day that these nations remember their men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice in time of war. It is the anniversary of the day in 1915 when troops of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps went ashore at Gallipoli, Turkey - the first time substantial bodies of troops from those two young nations (Australia 1901, New Zealand 1907) had gone into battle as soldiers of their nations, rather than purely and soley as troops of the British Empire (although they still...
  • New memorial marks Diggers' 'perfect battle'

    11/07/2008 3:03:23 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 1 replies · 591+ views
    The Weekend Australian ^ | 8th November 2008 | Mark Day
    FOR 10 years, the grim visage of Australia's greatest soldier, Sir John Monash, stared across the scene of his triumphant "perfect battle" at Le Hamel, on France's Western Front. Now it is gone - a victim of shoddy workmanship and an unfortunate likeness to Adolf Hitler. In its place is a $6 million memorial to Australia's World War I Diggers that will be dedicated today. Monash's face may have been removed from the memorial, but his deeds have not been forgotten. The story of his meticulous planning and training for his first major attack after taking command of the five...
  • Army salutes its 26 'forgotten' soldiers

    05/22/2008 4:17:54 AM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 3 replies · 145+ views
    The Australian ^ | 22nd May 2008 | Cameron Stewart
    THE Australian Army's worst training accident, in which 26 men died, should be commemorated each year to acknowledge their forgotten sacrifice, a memorial service heard yesterday. The special service in a field outside the Kapooka army base near Wagga Wagga in central NSW was held to mark the 63rd anniversary of a blast that killed 26 trainee sappers when an explosives lesson in an underground bunker went wrong on May 21, 1945. The army decided to hold the service after an article in The Australian last month highlighted how the tragedy had been airbrushed from official histories of World War...
  • First Army Honour title awarded (Battle of Coral - Vietnam)

    05/18/2008 4:24:56 AM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 1 replies · 432+ views
    In a moving ceremony on Mount Pleasant in Canberra, His Excellency Major General Michael Jeffrey, AC, CVO, MC, Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia, presented Army’s 102 Field Battery with the Australian Military’s first ever Honour Title. His Excellency the Governor General Michael Jeffery presents Lieutenant Colonel Craig Furini, the 102nd Field Battey RAA Honour title. The Honour Title 'Coral' was awarded to 102 Field Battery, Royal Regiment of Australian Artillery, in recognition of its actions during the Vietnam War. Head of Regiment, Brigadier Phil Winter CSC, welcomed the award on behalf of the Army and gave credit to the...
  • Bidding war could hijack widow's V(ictoria) C(ross) offshore

    05/16/2008 5:18:55 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 2 replies · 80+ views
    The Weekend Australian ^ | 17th May 2088 | Corrie Perkin
    FOUR weeks ago, auction house chairman Tim Goodman received a call from a wealthy client in the US. The businessman, a passionate military memorabilia collector, had learned that medals and frontline archival material belonging to Australian army Major Peter Badcoe, who was killed in action in Vietnam in 1967, would feature in Bonhams and Goodman's May auction, to be held in Sydney on Tuesday. The collector told Mr Goodman he intended to bid for the Badcoe collection, which includes the only Vietnam War VC medal still in private hands and awarded to Major Badcoe posthumously. The estimated price for the...
  • Designer medals upset war vets

    05/03/2008 8:25:25 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 10 replies · 73+ views ^ | 30th April 2008
    A NEW Zealand fashion designer has apologised to war veterans after she adorned models with war medals at her runway show at Australian Fashion Week. One of the medals draped over a model's bare thighs at the ashow in Sydney last night was the New Zealand Operational Service Medal, which acknowledges war veterans and those outside the armed forces who served in extreme or hazardous conditions. National secretary of Australia's Returned and Services League (RSL), Derek Robson, described the use of medals as "appalling and sickening". Sylvester apologised today, the New Zealand Press Association reported. "There was no intention of...
  • Statue of NZ soldier joins bridge 'mate'

    04/26/2008 6:41:35 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 6 replies · 147+ views ^ | 27th April 2008
    NEW Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark and New South Wales Premier Morris Iemma have dedicated a statue of a New Zealand soldier on Sydney's Anzac Bridge, at a ceremony attended by Australian and New Zealand war veterans. An Anzac military guard marched across Anzac Bridge, which had been cleared of traffic, to the south-western section of the bridge as part of the ceremony. The statue of the World War I soldier faces across the bridge towards the statue of an Australian digger, which was unveiled on the northern side of the bridge when it was renamed on April 25, 2000.
  • Ordinary blokes' exceptional deeds (Australians in WWI)

    04/22/2008 9:25:49 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 6 replies · 122+ views
    The Australian ^ | April 23, 2008
    PADDY Bugden, nicknamed The Tank by his footy mates because of his athletic build, helped run country pubs in northern NSW. Robert Beatham emigrated from England as a teenager and worked as a labourer in Geelong, Victoria. Blair Wark was a quantity surveyor from Bathurst in NSW. They were just ordinary blokes when they enlisted to fight in World War I, but their extraordinary deeds on the Western Front elevated them to the pantheon of Australian heroes awarded the Victoria Cross. Queensland Museum marked Anzac week yesterday by opening an exhibition honouring the three, who are among the 96 Australians...
  • (HMAS) Sydney found by joining up German's dots (fascinating story)

    03/24/2008 3:02:06 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 13 replies · 735+ views
    The Australian ^ | March 22, 2008 | Tony Barrass
    IT has all the makings of a Boy's Own blockbuster: a mass breakout by German POWs from a rural Victorian internment camp; a mysterious dictionary revealing dotted codes of vital military importance; and a body washed up on a remote Indian Ocean island. These events - three of many surrounding the evolving, extraordinary story of HMAS Sydney - continue to fascinate historians, who are now tantalisingly close to solving a military riddle that has haunted the nation for more than 66 years. In the next few days, shipwreck hunter David Mearns and his crew aboard the SV Geosounder will sink...
  • Aussies turn big guns on Taliban

    02/27/2008 1:10:47 AM PST · by naturalman1975 · 12 replies · 173+ views ^ | 27th February 2008 | Peter Veness
    AUSTRALIAN troops have been forced to use some of their heaviest firepower to fight Taliban insurgents in Afghanistan during a series of recent skirmishes, the Department of Defence says. The soldiers have been using 81mm mortars, which can hit targets kilometres away but which have not been widely used by Australia since the Vietnam war. No Australian soldiers were killed or injured in the fighting and it was not clear if any Taliban had been hit. The Taliban have launched multiple simultaneous attacks during the past fortnight. The raids have been aimed at a security post that soldiers from the...
  • All the brothers and all the sons

    02/22/2008 1:45:47 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 11 replies · 93+ views
    The Weekend Australian ^ | 23rd February 2008 | Mark Day
    BETWEEN 1914 and 1918, when Australia's population was barely four million, 416,809 citizens answered Britain's call and enlisted for service in World War I. That included nearly 40 per cent of the male population aged between 18 and 44. Almost two-thirds of them became casualties of that hellish conflict. The figures are staggering: 58,961 died; 166,811 were wounded; and 4098 went missing or were taken prisoner. A further 87,865 suffered ongoing sickness from the effects of mustard gas and other frightful weapons. To give these numbers context, Australia's road toll today, with our population five times larger, is a little...
  • Kiwi dead of Messines are remembered

    06/09/2007 7:43:51 PM PDT · by DieHard the Hunter · 9 replies · 424+ views
    New Zealand Press Association ^ | Saturday, 9 June 2007 | Staff Reporter
    Kiwi dead of Messines are remembered NZPA | Saturday, 9 June 2007 The New Zealanders who lost their lives in the battle of Messines, in the First World War, have been remembered at a simple ceremony just outside the town centre. The beautiful, haunting sound of a Maori song echoed through the graveyard as hundreds gathered to honour the young men who gave their lives, so far from home, the BBC reported. Messines, like any small provincial Belgian town at first glance, with a small town square, neat little church, and narrow streets, was this week recalled as a strategic...
  • Give me my medals back: war veteran

    05/04/2007 5:59:48 AM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 19 replies · 735+ views
    The Sydney Morning Herald ^ | 4th May 2007 | Yuko Narushima
    A World War II veteran was hospitalised after opportunistic attackers left him knocked out and robbed of his five medals, four days after Anzac Day. Alfred Tesoriero, 86, and his wife Grace were confronted by one, possibly two attackers, when the couple arrived home about 9pm on Sunday April 29. They had noticed lights on in their Drummoyne home on The Esplanade. On entering the house, the first intruder pushed Mr Tesoriero to the floor, leaving him with back and shoulder injuries and bruising on his face. He cannot remember what happened then until emergency crews arrived to transport him...
  • Australians, New Zealanders celebrate ANZAC day in Iraq

    05/03/2007 10:17:12 PM PDT · by SandRat · 6 replies · 509+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Spc. D. A. Dickinson
    CAMP VICTORY — Australian and New Zealand service members celebrated Australian and New Zealand Army Corps Day here April 25. The sunrise ceremony commemorated ANZAC Day, a day set aside for honoring fallen service members, said Australian Army Command Sgt. Maj. Mat Louden, Joint Task Force 633. The custom honors veterans of the ANZAC landing on the Gallipoli peninsula in Turkey on April 25, 1915, where 8,700 soldiers gave their lives and 25,000 suffered injuries. “The attack was part of an operation to open the Dardanelles,” Louden said. ANZAC day was first declared as a national holiday on April 25,...
  • Heroes - and Percy the Plumber (Slice of Life DownUnder NZ)

    04/30/2007 8:56:24 PM PDT · by DieHard the Hunter · 7 replies · 511+ views
    Sunday Star Times ^ | Friday, 27 April 2007 | Pat Booth
    Heroes - and Percy the Plumber Western Leader | Friday, 27 April 2007 It was an age of heroes. Looking back, they were all around me in my childhood, writes Pat Booth. In many ways a savage war made that inevitable. Every week seemed to produce yet another to be glorified - and too often mourned. Some were shadowy figures, relics of a past I had not shared. Like the two streets in Hawera, my small home town, which honoured two of its sons, Victoria Cross winners from World War One - Laurent VC St and Grant VC St. At...
  • MIA diggers' remains identified

    04/29/2007 11:19:14 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 3 replies · 332+ views ^ | 30th April 2007
    REMAINS found in Vietnam have been identified as those of two Australian soldiers declared missing in action in 1965. Australian forensic scientists in Vietnam confirmed the remains belong to Lance Corporal Richard Parker and Private Peter Gillson. The pair was killed during a Vietnam War battle in Dong Nai province, east of Saigon. The forensic team said dental records, bones, teeth and artefacts found at the site, including military dog tags, led to the positive identifications. Members of veterans group Operation Aussies Home discovered the remains two weeks ago outside the town of Bien Hoa in southern Vietnam. The Australian...
  • A brave heart and true ('I will do my duty')

    04/20/2007 7:17:09 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 2 replies · 301+ views
    The Weekend Australian ^ | 21st April 2007 | Mark Day
    DONALD Clarkson came late to World War I. His first day on the front line was also his last. He was killed near Beaurevoir, northern France, on October 3, 1918, 39 days before the November 11 Armistice brought to an end four years of slaughter in Europe. A farmer from the gentle hills of the Avon Valley east of Perth, Clarkson battled through the drought of 1914-15 torn between his duty to his country and his love for his family. Clarkson, a sensitive, articulate man given to expressing himself in poetry, had married Helen Price, his childhood sweetheart, and had...
  • Rare footage of WWI Gallipoli battle unearthed

    04/18/2007 10:35:57 PM PDT · by george76 · 33 replies · 1,754+ views
    Reuters ^ | Apr 18, 2007 | Stephanie Boyle
    The Australian War Memorial has unearthed what it believes is the only footage of Anzac Cove during the Gallipoli battle of World War One, an iconic event in Australian history which is commemorated each year on Anzac Day. The one-minute grainy black and white film, which shows the shoreline at Anzac Cove and British soldiers massing at Suvla Bay, was shot in 1915 during the pioneering era of film. The footage pans across Anzac Cove from a position on the southern headland, showing a clutter of jetties and stores being unloaded. "Because we have so little authentic footage, everything we...
  • Vietnam vets museum opens

    03/09/2007 8:28:03 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 33 replies · 515+ views ^ | 9th March 2007 | Kate Lahey
    GRAEME Kerford was only 19 when a marble representing his date of birth was plucked from a barrel, sending him to war in Vietnam. After a year based at Nui Dat, the conscripted soldier returned home to be spat on. Today, Mr Kerford was among more than 1000 veterans, their families and members of the Vietnamese community, to witness the opening of Australia's first museum dedicated to their war. "It means the world to me," Mr Kerford said. Mr Kerford, a machine gunner, travelled to the new National Vietnam Veterans Museum on Phillip Island in Victoria's southeast from his home...
  • The valley of death

    03/09/2007 2:20:31 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 2 replies · 430+ views
    The Weekend Australian ^ | 10th March 2007 | Mark Day
    AS shells exploded around him and flares pierced the night sky, Lieutenant Cliff Sadlier and his platoon found themselves pinned down by the murderous machinegun fire of tracer bullets coming from a wooded area to the left. Sadlier's path to his objective was blocked. The words of his commanding officer rang in his ears: "Nothing will stop you getting to your goal. Kill every bloody German you see. We don't want any prisoners, and God bless you." Sadlier's second-in-command, Sergeant Charlie Stokes, crept up to Sadlier on his stomach. "What are we going to do?" he asked. "Carry out the...
  • Honour for an Anzac hero – 50 years on (veteran of the Boer War, and two World Wars)

    09/18/2006 4:03:35 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 6 replies · 367+ views
    Herald Sun ^ | 19th September 2006 | John Hamilton
    AN Army bugler sounded Last Post, old men saluted, and a true Anzac hero was officially farewelled in a windswept corner of Fawkner cemetery yesterday morning. For more than 50 years, Captain Edward Renata Mahunga "Tip" Broughton has lain in an abandoned, bare grave at Fawkner. He died intestate, aged 70, in 1955. Until yesterday, a weather-beaten bronze plaque was the only marker on the cracked grey clay of Tip Broughton's final resting place. The marker recorded that it had been placed by "the ex members of the 8th AEC, AMF -- mainly Dunera Boys -- in cherished memory of...
  • The Anzac spirt

    04/24/2006 6:08:07 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 4 replies · 381+ views
    The Australian ^ | 25th April 2006
    Young Australians will carry on the April 25 tradition PLAYING of the Last Post at dawn services in cities and country towns around the nation to mark Anzac Day will have special poignancy this morning. Just one Australian World War I veteran survives. John Campbell Ross, 107, a Victorian, enlisted in the army in February 1918 but did not serve overseas. Mr Ross was 18 when he joined up, and is now the last link with a war that saw nearly 62,000 killed and 137,000 wounded. But while the 421,802 Diggers who fought at Gallipoli, on the Western Front and...
  • They shall not grow old

    04/29/2005 7:10:13 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 3 replies · 307+ views
    The Age (Melbourne) ^ | 30th April 2005 | Ken Inglis
    As the Anzac legend moves from living memory to history, its spirit grows rather than recedes. Historian Ken Inglis tracks an extraordinary transformation. Charles Bean, whose words have done more than anybody else's to create the Anzac tradition, would have been deeply gratified to know that some 30,000 people, most of them young Australians, gathered at Anzac Cove for the dawn service last Monday. As war correspondent, he was there from the beginning on April 25, 1915, to the evacuation in December. In The Anzac Book, which Bean compiled on Gallipoli, one contributor imagined "the time when steamers will bear...
  • Turkey wants Australian Gallipoli help

    04/27/2005 2:14:20 PM PDT · by Turk2 · 4 replies · 290+ views
    AAP ^ | 28-Apr-2005 | N/A
    Turkey wants Australian Gallipoli help April 28, 2005 - 5:34AM Turkey's prime minister called for experts from Australia and New Zealand to help with a project to upgrade a memorial park set on the site of the World War I Gallipoli battle. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said the park needed new roads, more parking and additional accommodations in Canakkale, the northwestern Turkish town near the old battlefield. Erdogan, speaking at a press conference with New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark, said he discussed plans for a joint project to upgrade the park with Clark and Australian Prime Minister John...
  • Anzac throng honours heroes

    04/25/2005 2:54:54 AM PDT · by Aussie Dasher · 7 replies · 433+ views ^ | 25 April 25 2005 | By Paul Mulvey at Anzac Cove
    NINETY years after the Anzac legend was born, Australian troops from Gallipoli to Iraq have been remembered in a lavishly-produced dawn service at Anzac Cove. As the sun rose over the cliffs behind North Beach to warm the backs of the 17,000-strong crowd, Prime Minister John Howard said the legacy forged by the Anzacs who charged the same beach in 1915 lived on. "It lives on in the valour and sacrifice of young men and women that ennoble Australia in our times," Mr Howard said. "In the scrub of the Solomons, in the villages of Timor, in the desert of...
  • Ninety years on, Gallipoli campaign still grips nation's imagination

    04/24/2005 10:55:45 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 20 replies · 1,039+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 4/24/05 | AFP - Sydney
    SYDNEY, (AFP) - The last survivor died three years ago and the battles ended in bloody stalemate, but 90 years later the Gallipoli campaign of World War I still exercises a powerful grip on Australia's national psyche. Some 20,000 Australians and New Zealanders including Australian Prime Minister John Howard are expected Monday at Anzac Cove in Turkey, where thousands of men of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (Anzac) waded ashore on April 25, 1915. The dawn service from Gallipoli will be televised nationwide in Australia, where every state capital will also hold its own parade and memorial service...
  • Thousands expected at Gallipoli

    04/23/2004 7:43:04 AM PDT · by a_Turk · 17 replies · 270+ views
    News.Com.Au ^ | 4/23/2004 | From correspondents in London
    THOUSANDS of Australians are expected to defy the government's travel advice and make the pilgrimage to Gallipoli to commemorate Anzac Day on Sunday. Smaller crowds than in previous years are expected after the Federal Government issued an advisory against travelling to Turkey, but Turkish tourism officials have received bookings from around 4000 Australians and New Zealanders to visit Gallipoli this weekend. Up to 3000 more are expected to arrive at Anzac Cove for Sunday's dawn service. In recent years, crowds of up to 10,000 have packed the Gallipoli Peninsula for the emotional service. Earlier this month, the government advised Australians...
  • Anzac Day memory outweighs threats

    04/22/2004 11:53:25 AM PDT · by a_Turk · 25 replies · 276+ views
    New Zealand Herald ^ | 4/22/2004 | Paul Yandall
    Happy-go-lucky New Zealand backpackers sitting in open-air bars in the historic heart of Istanbul have little but fun and remembrance on their minds. The New Zealand Government has told people to stay away from one of the world's most significant secular pilgrimages, but to many Antipodean visitors in Turkey preparing for a visit to the battlegrounds of Gallipoli, the warnings seem an over-reaction. "I feel safer here than walking down [Auckland's] High St", says Gerry Hill of Ponsonby. Similar statements are repeated by Australians and New Zealanders crowding the bars and hostels of Istanbul's Sultanahmet region, the backpackers' Anzac Day...
  • The FReeper Foxhole Remembers The Papua Campaign (7/1942-1/1943) - Nov. 30th, 2003

    11/30/2003 12:00:39 AM PST · by SAMWolf · 51 replies · 3,526+ views
    Lord, Keep our Troops forever in Your care Give them victory over the enemy... Grant them a safe and swift return... Bless those who mourn the lost. . FReepers from the Foxhole join in prayer for all those serving their country at this time. ...................................................................................... ........................................... U.S. Military History, Current Events and Veterans Issues Where Duty, Honor and Countryare acknowledged, affirmed and commemorated. Our Mission: The FReeper Foxhole is dedicated to Veterans of our Nation's military forces and to others who are affected in their relationships with Veterans. In the FReeper Foxhole, Veterans or their family members should feel...
  • Queen unveils memorial to Australian war dead

    11/11/2003 12:45:51 PM PST · by GreenLanternCorps · 1 replies · 156+ views
    The Daily Telegraph ^ | 11/11/03 | not given
    The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh have unveiled a new war memorial in London's Hyde Park to pay tribute to Australian servicemen. The unveiling of the Australian War Memorial coincided with national Remembrance Day ceremonies at 11am on the eleventh day of the eleventh month, the moment when the guns fell silent at the end of the First World War in 1918. The dedication was attended by The Duke of Kent, Prime Minister Tony Blair and Australian Prime Minister John Howard. A group of 28 Australian veterans and war widows, members of the British Legion, a British veteran contingent...