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Reflections Steve Gower
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The invasion that wasn't Peter Stanley
Fears of a Japanese invasion suited Australia's wartime government, but one was never planned.

The last kill Brad Manera
A brief air battle over the north-western Australian coast rated only one sentence in the nation's history.

In the event of my death… Peter Burness
The men of Bomber Command were saluted as the bravest of the brave. Twenty-year-old Colin Flockhart epitomised their courage.

A true leader Ross McMullin
Pompey Elliott was the most famous fighting general in the First AIF and after the war became a household name.

Nursing didn't end with the war Ruth Rae
Australian nurses in the First World War were forced to look after their own.

Agony after the sinking Ian Hodges
A new exhibition recounts a neglected episode in which HMAS Armidale's survivors battled an unrelenting and cruel sea.

Forgotten 'brilliance' Ken Wright
The story of the first tanks might have been somewhat different if an innovative Australian had not been overlooked.

The art of war Laura Back
Sir William Dargie returns to the Australian War Memorial.

One came home Chris Coulthard-Clark
The waler's tale touched a nation, but the facts are coloured by wistful fiction.

Heroes of the Han Colin Jones
An astute Australian commander was an inspiration to all.

News from the front Jim Clarke
Australian correspondents overcame many barriers to report war news.

The X-Men Ray Worledge
Australians were at the forefront of under-water attacks in the latter years of the Second World War.

Legacy of care Alf Argent
One man's dream helps thousands.

South Australia's Boxer connection Robin Pennock
Attacks on European embassies in Peking drew a spirited response from the far-flung colonies of the British Empire.

Eyewitness: Wounded on the Somme
Lance Corporal Robert Bennie recounts the horrors of winter in the trenches around Flers.

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