Wartime Issue 35

Winter 2006

Vietnam Remembered

18 August 2006 will mark the 40th anniversary of the action at Long Tan, now Vietnam Veterans’ day, when the nation remembers the approximately 60,000 Australians who served in Vietnam.

  • Reflections by Steve Gower. 
    The Director of the Australian War Memorial's comment
  • Eyewitness: Long Tan by Harry Smith.  
    Now retired, Lieutenant Colonel Smith remembers the largest Australian action of the Vietnam War.
  • Eyewitness: Battle on the Soui Ca by Gary McKay. 
    Operation Iron Fox in Vietnam.
  • Minidress adds a bright note by Rebecca Britt.  
    Sequined lilac mini donated to the Memorial.
  • Subtropical training ground by Craig Wilcox.  
    One of the ADF’s largest training bases has been preparing troops for war for 40 years.
  • Hot environment by Walter Kudrycz.  
    Operation Bribie was one of the high points of RAAF helicopter operations in Vietnam.
  • Tired, filthy, but happy by Elizabeth Stewart.  
    Civilian nurses at Bien Hoa.
  • Fifty years’ watch by Peter Londey.  
    Australians in UNTSO.
  • Death on the last day by Peter Stanley.  
    The last Australian killed in the Second World War, on the last day of the war.
  • Gratitude: the last casualty of war by Eric Carpenter.  
    The underappreciated inventor of the Owen gun.
  • Hotel Japan by Robin Gerster.  
    The Kawana Hotel offered a respite for Australian members of BCOF and their families.
  • Painting the Korean War by Warwick Heywood.  
    Frank Norton, official war artist.
  • Love, letters, and war by Kate Walker and Jennifer Coombes.  
    Wartime letters held in archives are an essential source for biographers and historians. Those held by families are cherished and tangible reminders of loved ones.
  • Floral imagery in the First World  War by Anne Elias.  
    Flowers commemorate those lost and celebrate those returned.
  • Gallipoli and Tobruk by David Mitchelhill-Green.  
    Several coincidences link these two battlefields.
  • Plus regular features, including book reviews, letters and Memorial news.

Cover image of Issue 35

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