Monthly Archives - June 2019

Australian service on D-Day

On the night of 5/6 June Bomber Command conducted precision attacks on ten German coastal artillery batteries near the beaches where Allied troops were to land. Each battery was targeted by approximately 100 heavy bombers, and all four Australian heavy bomber squadrons took part in the operation. No. 460 Squadron dispatched 26 aircraft, which were evenly split between attacking the batteries at Fontenay-Crisbecq and St Martin de Varreville. No. 466 Squadron provided 13 aircraft to the raid on batteries...

Diamond in the Rough

More than 1200 members from the Australian Army’s 7th Brigade converged on Central Queensland for Exercise Diamond Sprint at Shoalwater Bay Training Area in May. Diamond Sprint was a combined units training activity and 7th Brigade’s largest formation-level exercise of the year. It culminated in infantry conducting assaults with artillery, tanks, engineers, logistics and communication elements in support. Lieutenant Colonel Steve Dickie, the commanding officer of 8th/9th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment, said the exercise ensured troops were brilliant at the basics,...

Your favourite charity?

The original ex-military welfare organisation formed for the well-being, care, compensation and commemoration of serving and ex-service Defence Force members and their dependents, the Returned and Services League of Australia, was established in 1916. Since then, there have been a large (and growing) number of welfare charities established essentially serving the same group of people, and even more formed to cater for police, fire and emergency services personnel - first responders. Which is your favourite?