Wartime Magazine Issue 43

July 2008

  • A gunner’s tale by Elizabeth Stewart. The first attack on Fire Support Base Coral took place in Vietnam 40 years ago. Bombadier Andrew Forsdike’s account shows the bravery of the men involved and how close they came to being overrun.
  • Breaking the Hindenburg Line by Peter Burness. General Monash led Australian and American troops in the gruelling task of attacking the formidable German defences.
  • Diggers for a day by Meleah Ward. In their baptism of fire on the Western Front, the Americans at Hamel earned the respect of the veteran Australians.
  • Like cats in the night by Michael Molkentin. Aggressive patrolling by the Australians on the Western Front in 1918 created a decisive edge against the Germans.
  • A very smart piece of work by John White. How an Australian crew captured a German Halberstadt aircraft near Querrieu, France, without firing a shot.
  • Deserter or hero? By Reg A. Watson. Australian Private John Joseph Sweeney, serving with New Zealand forces in the First World War was executed – but was his trial fair?
  • Determined to serve by Lenore Heath. A curator’s curiosity uncovers some surprising results with the story of Thomas Williams.
  • GALLANT FIGHTER by Karl James. The loss of HMAS Sydney was Australia’s worst naval disaster and an enduring mystery of the Second World War.
  • Needles and haystacks by Tom Lewis. Why finding HMAS Sydney was so difficult.
  • ‘A truce is not a peace’ by Nigel Steel. Despite bringing an end to the fighting, the July 1953 armistice has still not delivered peace to Korea. By Nigel Steel.
  • Helping in their time of need by Steven Bullard. Australia’s military forces have a proud tradition of providing humanitarian aid that spans nearly a century.
  • Veterans at Bong Bong by Linda Emery. Soldier-settlers who took up land along the Wingecarribee River in New South Wales, had served in British regiments in many of the great battles of the Napoleonic Wars.
  • Grandfathers at war by Melanie Oppenheimer. One family’s forebears had fought on opposite sides in the First World War.
  • To the bottom by Amanda Rebbeck. The backbone of the Imperial German Navy sank in Scapa Flow on 21 June 1919. An Australian, Joseph Eric Hewitt, watched the ships go down.
  • Icon or archive? By Shaune Lakin. Some images capture our imaginations more than others.
  • Soft cover, fully illustrated, 75 pages.

Wartime Magazine Issue 43
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