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Reflections Steve Gower
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1916 A terrible year Peter Burness
When Australian divisions finally joined the British army on the Western Front they met a new form of fighting and suffered a year of horrific sacrifice.

Disaster at Fromelles Ross McMullin
The Australian toll at Fromelles was equivalent to the total Australian casualties in the Boer War, Korean War and Vietnam War put together.

Fighting reason Michael Gladwin
Faced with the ugly reality of trench warfare, few soldiers on the Western Front held onto their political ideals or their notions of Empire. They found other reasons to go on.

The Legerwood memorial carvings Robert Jones
Trees originally planted in remembrace are now carvings celebrating soldiers of the Great War.

The 'Black ANZAC' raid Michael Molkentin
The AIF's first trench raid on the Western Front highlighted the need for meticulous planning.

Easter rising Jeff Kildea
Australians on leave were caught up in the Irish revolt in Dublin in 1916.

Ruling Britannia's waves Peter Nunan
The diary of Signalman Edward Beaton, who served on the cruiser HMAS Melbourne, shows that the experience of war in 1916 was not confined to the Western Front.

More than just a comic strip Peter Stanley
A master of slang created an authentic piece of Australiana.

My dad Margaret Gurney
The man behind Bluey and Curley.

Killed in action at Cowra Graham Apthorpe
Could Private Charles Sheperd’s death during the Cowra breakout have been the result of “friendly fire”?

‘Dear Soldier’ Kerry Neale
The words of students from Gowrie Park State School still hold memories for Vietnam veterans.

‘Hello Stan Hill’ Walter Kudrycz
Who was it that held up a welcoming sign for Stan Hill following his liberation from Changi prison?

Seeing is believing? Shaune Lakin
Well, maybe not always. Manipulation means that some photographs are not really as they appear.

‘Slugger’ Phillip Bradley
An acclaimed painting of an Australian commando captures a courageous leader’s martial prowess.

Hallowed grounds Albert Palazzo
Two cemeteries in Crete attract pilgrims seeking comfort from the wounds of war.

Climbing Sunnyside koppie Craig Wilcox
A tour group to Australian battlefields of the Boer war recently walked the site of the important but little-known fight at  Sunnyside.

Eyewitness Peter D. Williams and Naoko Nakagaw
Four Japanese officers discuss their part in the war in New Guinea.

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