Monthly Archives - October 2017

Battle of Poelcappelle Today

10 OCT 1917: World War I and the Battle of Poelcappelle, on the Western Front takes place. Australian divisions continued to attack in the third battle of Ypres. The attack on Poelcappelle, launched amid heavy rain, was to cost 1250 casualties for no gain of ground. Also called the first battle of Passchendaele, the battle of Poelcappelle was launched with the ridge upon which Passchendaele stood as its objective. Like earlier battles in the Ypres offensive, the aim of the...

Vendetta Decommissioned

9OCT 1979 Australia's Daring class destroyer, HMAS Vendetta II was decommissioned on this day,  having steamed 670,952 nautical miles. She was commissioned in Melbourne on 26 November 1958. Vendetta was a regular visitor to foreign ports and saw operational service during both the Indonesian Confrontation and the Vietnam War, and also participated in relief efforts in the aftermath of Cyclone Tracy. The destroyer was built by Williamstown Naval Dockyard and entered service in 1958. During her early career, VENDETTA was deployed...

Allied Advance into North Korea

9 OCT 1950: Korea, and United Nations Forces advance into North Korea. Following the surprise landing at Inchon, behind North Korean lines, United nations forces rapidly pushed back the North Koreans and advanced deep into North Korea. As UN forces neared the North Korean border, China warned them not to cross into North Korean territory, and that such an incursion would not be tolerated. General MacArthur received permission to pursue the fleeing North Korean forces and shortly after crossed...

Battle of Maryang-San

3-8 OCT 1951: Korea and the Battle of Maryang-San, rages over 5 days. The 3rd Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment, made a successful assault against Chinese positions on Hill 317 (Maryang-San) and held the important feature in the face of fierce counter-attacks. In early October 1951, 3RAR (3rd Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment), in conjunction with British Commonwealth troops, attacked a group of hills near the Imjin River. The attack was named after the biggest of these hills and became...

Tempelton’s Crossing Contact

8 OCT 1942: World War II and the 25th Brigade, 7th Division, contacts a Japanese rear-guard at Tempelton's Crossing. The pursuit of the Japanese retreating along the Kokoda Track involved hard fights. Templeton's Crossing was named after an officer of the 39th Battalion, lost without trace in the retreat from Kokoda. The battle at Ioribaiwa Ridge ended with the remnants of 21st Brigade holding the creek crossing, and the Japanese holding off 25th Battalion, and holding onto the high...

7 OCT 1951: Fighting continues at Maryang-San, Korea The 3rd Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment, drives towards 'The Hinge' on Hill 317, the final obstacle to throwing the Chinese from the feature and fends off strong counter-attacks. In early October 1951, 3RAR, in conjunction with British Commonwealth troops, attacked a group of hills near the Imjin River. The attack was named after the biggest of these hills and became known as the battle for Maryang San or “Operation Commando”. The operation...

3RAR Heads Home

6 OCT 1971: Viet Nam and HMAS Sydney leaves Vung Tau. The carrier embarked the 3rd Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment, as Australia's participation in the Vietnam war wound down. The video shows HMAS Sydney (III) in her configuration as a Fast Troop Transport undertook numerous voyages to Vietnam between 1965-1972. This short video records the voyage undertaken between 15 November 1969-12 December 1969, during which she carried members of 8 RAR to Vung Tau before returning to Sydney with...

HMAS Sydney in Korea

5 OCT 1951: Korea, and HMAS Sydney is in Korean waters. The commencement of the aircraft carrier, HMAS Sydney's, first patrol off Korea's west coast made Australia the third country (after the USA and Britain) to operate a carrier in the Korean War. The carrier operated Firefly and Sea Fury aircraft (both types can be seen in the Australian War Memorial's Aircraft Hall). Sydney joined United Nations forces in Korean waters in October 1951. The Sydney's role consisted predominantly of...

1RAR to Korea

5 OCT 1951: Korea, and the Second Australian battalion is committed to The war. From September 1950 the main Australian army unit in Korea had been the 3rd Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment. The Australian Government annouced that the 1st Battalion, would join it in March 1952. Photo: An unidentified soldier of the 3rd Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment circa 1950s. More; http://ow.ly/T3iEQ

LT George Ingram, VC, MM

5 OCT 1918: World War I and Lieutenant George Mawby (Morby) Ingram, MM, 24th Battalion, originally from Bendigo, Victoria, earns the Victoria Cross at Montbrehain, east of Peronne, France. Ingram was born in Bendigo, Victoria, on 18 March 1889 to George Ronald Ingram, a farmer, and his wife Charlotte (née Hubbard). Initially educated at the Lilydale State School, he left school at age fourteen and was apprenticed as a carpenter and joiner. Joining the militia at this time, he...

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