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    Soldiers to citizens
    For those troops serving in the islands at the end of the Second World War, the wait to return to Australia could be frustratingly slow, and led to protest and an act of sabotage. By Karl James

    10 Welcome Home: Vietnam vets return from war
    It is often forgotten that Vietnam veterans received enthusiastic Welcome Home parades. By Elizabeth Stewart

    18 Coming home in 1857
    The first solders to come home to Australia wore red coats and spoke with English and Irish accents. By Craig Wilcox

    22 Home but still apart
    For some of the troops who returned to Australia during the influenza pandemic of 1918–19, the reunion with their loved ones was delayed.
    By Steven Bullard

    26 After the shooting stopped
    After the armistice the priority was to get the soldiers back home. By Robert Nichols

    32 A time of mixed emotions
    Peacekeepers react to their time abroad in different ways.
    By Ian Hodges

    36 Biplanes from the bush
    A long-forgotten patriotic fund provided aircraft for the British Empire in the Great War. By Peter Stanley.

    40 Bringing Cobbers to Australia
    How a stirring sculpture at Fromelles came to be replicated in Australia. By Ross McMullin

    42 From the Mounties to Middle Head
    The life of a founder of Australia’s defence forces exemplified a colonial career. By Michael Tyquin

    46 “Triumphant return in silence”
    The Japanese midget submarine attack in Sydney turned the crew into heroes on the silver screen. By Keiko Tamura

    50 Heilly: front-line village
    A small French village found itself close to the fighting during the First World War. By Peter Burness

    54 The furoshiki
    Memories came wrapped in a Japanese soldier’s cloth. By Ally Roche

    56 Australia’s cameleers
    The Imperial Camel Corps’s Australian soldiers were rough diamonds, helped by one of our Muslim cameleers. By Elspeth Grant

    58 The Bluebirds in France
    In 1916 a group of Australian Red Cross nurses travelled to help the sick and wounded. By Les Hetherington

    62 Aussie VC winners in North Russia
    After the First World War, Australian soldiers took part in an almost forgotten action. By Michael Challinger

    4 Reflections Comments from Australian War Memorial Director Steve Gower
    5 Mail call
    6 Briefing Military snippets
    7 Who? What? Where? When? Can you provide information?
    61 Military intelligence A test of your knowledge
    66 Australian War Memorial news
    68 Book reviews 74 Friends of the Memorial