Monthly Archives - October 2017

Gongs and Cartoons

With Remembrance Day just days away and a burgeoning interest in all things 'Great War’, it's worth spending a minute on nicknames that are given to campaign medals. During and after World War 1, the commonly-awarded medals didn't escape the typical Commonwealth military sense of amusement, with popular cartoon characters of the day manifesting themselves in honours and awards. From the Regimental Museum of the Royal Welsh, comes this timely explanation: "PIP, SQEAK and WILFRED’ are the nicknames given to the [...]

The Last Post On Guitar

We put this up every year, and it never gets old. Last year was Mark Knopfler (without Dire Straits and you'll find it in our video section). This year it's Nathan Howie, and a solo rendition of The Last Post. You can find him on Facebook, just search for Nathan Howie guitarist.

Dambusters With a Twist

This one's been around for years now, like, 1990, but Mondays are always in need of a grin, so here it comes again. The "Dambusters" TV spot is a spoof of the 1955 film. Created by WCRS, this ad from SAB Miller for the Carling Black Label brand was released in 1990 and filmed at Pinewood Studios in London. It won three silvers, a gold and a black pencil at D&AD, and scooped Film Gold at Cannes Lions advertising [...]

Watch This Top TV Spot

Here's a great television spot and message from Bell Canada. Why don't we have community-committed corporations, or even ESOs in Australasia to take the initiative like this? Be sure to remember and pay tribute to the members of our armed forces who served and continue to serve for Australia and New Zealand. We only get to do this twice a year at official commemorations - but every Day is Remembrance Day. #LestWeForget

Moudros Agreement Signed

30 OCT 1918: World War I and an Armistice is in place with Turkey The Armistice signed with Turkey, is enacted today ending Turkish involvement in the First World War. Australian troops had taken a prominent part in the war against the Ottoman empire, especially on Gallipoli and in Sinai-Palestine. The Armistice of Mudros (Turkish: Mondros Mütarekesi), concluded today, ended the hostilities, at noon the next day, in the Middle Eastern theatre between the Ottoman Empire and the Allies of [...]

Battle of Chongju

29-30 OCT 1950: Korea, and the Australians reach Chongju. Australian troops of the 3rd Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment, reach Chongju, the most northerly point of their advance into North Korea. In two days fierce fighting against determined North Korean opposition the Australians clear ,27BDE and the surrounding ridges. After leaving Kujin, the 27th Brigade, led by the 3rd Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment (3 RAR), continued their northward advance to the Yalu River, on the border between North Korea and China. Six kilometres [...]

Conscription in World War I

28 OCT 1916: World War I and the first conscription referendum is held. Dismayed by heavy losses at Fromelles and Pozières on the Western Front, Prime Minister Billy Hughes proposed that conscription be introduced for overseas service. The proposal was defeated, despite Prime Minister Hughes proposing raising the numbers needed to maintain Australian troops at full strength at the Front by conscripting those who to date were unwilling or opposed to enlisting to fight. The government already had the power under [...]

China Enters Korean War

27 OCT 1950: Korea, and the Chinese enter the Korean War. Having secretly moved at least 180,000 men into North Korea, Chinese forces began attacking south, surprising UN Command. The battle of Pakchon marked the furthest point that the Australians reached into North Korea. It was also the first time Chinese forces were encountered in large numbers. Unbeknownst to UN intelligence sources, Chinese troops had been infiltrating North Korea across the Yalu River, and in late October they began an [...]

PTE Percy Gratwick, VC

25-26 OCT 1942: World War II and WX10426 Private Percival Eric Gratwick, 2/48th Battalion, originally from Katanning, Western Australia, earns the Victoria Cross at El Alamein, Egypt. Percy Gratwick was a 38-year-old former gold prospector from Western Australia. Gratwick was born in Katanning, Western Australia on 19 October 1902, the fifth son of the local postmaster. Leaving school at the age of 16, he took up various jobs which included a period as a messenger at Parliament House. Later he [...]

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