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    The loss of HMAS Sydney was Australia’s worst naval disaster and an enduring mystery of the Second World War. By Karl James

    10 A gunner’s tale
    The first attack on Fire Support Base Coral took place in Vietnam 40 years ago. By Elizabeth Stewart

    14 Breaking the Hindenburg Line
    The gruelling task of attacking the formidable German defences. By Peter Burness

    18 Diggers for a day
    In their baptism of fire on the Western Front, the Americans at Hamel earned the respect of the veteran Australians. By Meleah Ward

    20 Like cats in the night
    Aggressive patrolling by the Australians on the Western Front in 1918 created a decisive edge against the Germans. By Michael Molkentin

    24 A very smart piece of work
    An Australian crew captured a German Halberstadt aircraft without firing a shot. By John White

    28 Deserter or hero?
    An Australian serving with New Zealand forces in the First World War was executed – but was his trial fair? By Reg A. Watson

    32 Determined to serve
    A curator’s curiosity uncovers some surprising results. By Lenore Heath

    41 Needles and haystacks
    Why finding HMAS Sydney was so difficult. By Tom Lewis

    44 ‘A truce is not a peace’
    Despite bringing an end to the fighting, the July 1953 armistice has still not delivered peace to Korea. By Nigel Steel

    48 Helping in their time of need
    Australia’s military forces have a proud tradition of providing humanitarian aid that spans nearly a century. By Steven Bullard

    51 Veterans at Bong Bong
    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. By Linda Emery

    54 Grandfathers at war
    One family’s forebears had fought on opposite sides in the First World War. By Melanie Oppenheimer

    60 To the bottom
    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. By Amanda Rebbeck

    64 Icon or archive?
    Some images capture our imaginations more than others. By Shaune Lakin

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