HMAS SYDNEY: Gallant Fighter
- 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. By Karl James
- A gunner’s tale by Elizabeth Stewart.
The first attack on Fire Support Base Coral took place in Vietnam 40 years ago.
- Breaking the Hindenburg Line by Peter Burness.
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.
An Australian crew captured a German Halberstadt aircraft without firing a shot.
- Deserter or hero? by Reg A. Watson.
An Australian 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.
- 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.
- 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 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.
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