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Italy Declares War

11 DEC 1941: World War II and both Germany and Italy declare war on the United State. Though they had no need to do so, the declaration of waragainst the United States aligned the world's greatest economic andmilitary power against them and virtually ensured their eventual defeat. Three days ago, US President Franklin Roosevelt announced America was at war with Japan, the third Axis power, following the surprise attack on its naval base at Pearl Harbor. Today Italian dictator, Benito Mussolini, [...]

End of An Era

Long-standing naval outfitters in Rockingham WA, Glendinnings shuts its doors today for the last time, after several decades serving the tailoring and memorabilia needs of Garden Island's navy community. Popular manager Tom Kenny will still be in the area, heading up a new business venture of his own. As far as we know, the only two remaining stores in Sydney and Melbourne will continue to trade.

Medal Publications

With interest in medals generating lots of conversations over the last few days, just in case you weren't aware - there is a slew of free publications over at the Defence Honours and Awards web site. The range includes everything from fact sheets and guides, to posters. Here's the link;

Kapyong/Anzac Day Orders Closed

Orders for Kapyong Day and ANZAC Day have closed WEF 1500hrs AWST on Tuesday 17 April 2018. All orders have been Express Post only from 1500hrs AWST on Friday 13 April - and to have any chance of delivery prior to 23/24 April, Express Post of pick up are the ONLY options. We have no control over Australia Post’s performance, and this close to the event, leaving orders this late is a risk. Express Post generally takes at least 2-3 days or [...]

Korean Medal Approved for Wear

If you, or a relative served in Korea, you may not be aware of the new Defence authorisation to wear the Republic of Korea War Service Medal. The ROKWSM was introduced by South Korea in 1951 to recognise the assistance provided by members of the United Nations forces in combating communist aggression in Korea. During the Korean War, Australia used the Imperial Honours and Awards System and was therefore subject to the award policies set by the United Kingdom at [...]

3RAR Arrives in RVN

31 DEC 1967: Viet Nam, and the 3rd Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment arrives in country. 3RAR sailed to Viet Nam on HMAS Sydney. In 1945 Australia sent three units to Japan as part of the British Commonwealth Occupation Force (BCOF). Originally known as the 65th, 66th and 67th Infantry Battalions, they were raised from Australian Divisions stationed in New Guinea at the end of the Second World War. On 23 November 1948, the battalions were renamed the First, Second [...]

Second Convoy Leaves for WWI

31 DEC 1914: World War I and the second convoy of the first AIF departs Albany in Western Australia. Volunteers for the AIF enlisted so readily that a second convoy left within two months of the first. Many of those on board landed on Gallipoli on 25 April 1915. Dr David Stevens, director of strategic and historical studies at the navy's Sea Power Centre, said the second mass departure of Australian and New Zealand troopships was notable in part because [...]

25BN Takes Pearl Ridge

30 DEC 1944: Australians of the 25th Battalion occupy Pearl Ridge, on Bougainville. The capture of the heavily defended Japanese position on Pearl ridge gave the Australians possession of this important vantage point that provided views over both sides of Bougainville. The Battle of Pearl Ridge was an engagement of the Second World War fought between Australian and Japanese forces on Bougainville Island. Part of the wider Bougainville Campaign, the battle took place in the central sector of the island, shortly [...]

Australians in NZ Action

29 DEC 1860: The Maori Wars and Australians are in action at Matarikoriko, New Zealand. Sailors from the Victorian Colonial warship, Victoria, take part in the action at Matarikoriko, New Zealand. The Victoria's service in New Zealand waters during the second Anglo-Maori war, represents the first overseas military operation by an Australian unit, the beginning of Australia's overseas war history. Often called the Maori Wars, the New Zealand wars were a result of disputes over land sovereignty between the [...]

Assault on Bardia

28 DEC 1940: Australia’s 6th Division is in their first action near Bardia . In the Second AIF's first battle, the action on Bardia involved an attack on an Italian frontier fortress. The preliminary operations began several days before the main attack was launched. In the lead up to the Second World War, the small town of Bardia, which lies approximately 30km from the Egyptian border on Libya's Mediterranean coast, was fortified by the Italians, who constructed an arc of [...]

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