RSL Virtual War Memorial – Updated site

If you have not visited this site yet, it is very interesting and has some current members of the RARA SA on it, including the President, Mike von Berg MC OAM and Robert “Dogs”Kearney.

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Latest ADSO Media Statement – Updated

Latest statement is here  DFWA Statement 24May16 AL4

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Army Newspaper Edition 1373 – 19 May 16

READY TO SERVE: 1 Bde soldiers deploy to Iraq and Afghanistan - cover, pages 2-3

COURAGE IN ACTION: A sergeant from 16ALR saves the life of a woman swept 300m out to sea - page 5

SURVIVING AT CLOSE QUARTERS: The Infantry Integrated Combat course is helping soldiers learn skills to win the fight - centrepiece

And in sport: Interbrigade rugby sets the stage for interservice domination - back page   

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Two tunes worth watching/listening to on You Tube

Watch “My Dog Nui Dat – Dale Duncan” on YouTube

And watch “Thunderstruck” here


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A Duty Done

Please be advised of the price list for the update of A Duty Done and its Addendum.  It is a 30 page Addendum describing three operations by 1RAR in 1965 (Iron Triangle, New Life and Smash), two by 9RAR in 1969 (Matthew and Hat Dich), one by 5RAR in 1969 (Kings Cross) and the one by 6RAR/NZ (ANZAC) Battalion on 17/18 August 1969 when the original Long Tan Cross was erected. It is necessary to have a copy of A Duty Done to read the Addendum.

Here is the Price List for A Duty Done and Addendum

To order this excellent book, please view this  A Duty Done Order_Form_Sep

If paying by EFT, please ensure you place your initials and surname as the reference.  If you have a specific book number, also please insert that ,e.g.  VX Smith 591

You can also read A Duty Done here.

Please note the erratum for A Duty Done A Duty Done Erratum

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Vietnam War: new book on D445 and the Battle of Long Tan

Chamberlain, Ernest: The Viet Cong D445 Battalion: Their Story (and the Battle of Long Tan). Vietnam Veteran and linguist Ernie Chamberlain has recently written and privately-published a book that would certainly interest all who served in Phuoc Tuy province during the Vietnam War. The core of the work is a translation of D445 Battalion’s history - as written by Vietnamese historians in 2004. In order to provide context – and to analyse and comment upon the Vietnamese writings, the book is comprehensively referenced. The comments cite a large number of captured NVA/VC documents – many not previously translated or available to researchers. Additionally, signals intelligence (SIGINT) material related to the Battle of Long Tan – that was only declassified and released to the author in February 2016, is also included. The work also has 18 annexes covering aspects such as VC personalities, an analysis of casualties at Long Tan, SIGINT, the 275 VC Regiment etc.  While the book is not available commercially, the text of the book has been placed on the Internet as  –

Perhaps the sections of most interest to veterans include the Viet Cong’s version of the Battle of Long Tan on 18 August 1966 – including the first available VC sketch map of the Battle, and SIGINT aspects.

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Unique Violin Version of the Last Post

You can listen to it here

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Interesting French Army video


If you are interested in military bridge construction, this is worth watching:
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Latest Infantryman

You can view the April 2016 edition here Infantryman+April+2016

There are numerous excellent articles and a list of activities at HQ for the foreseeable future.

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Recent Photo of C Coy 7RAR

See attached photo of C Coy 7RAR with RARA SA Patron Laurie Lewis and A Duty Done Author, Fred Fairhead   C Coy 7RAR (002)

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Army Museum of South Australia History Newsletter

The ‘Exhibitor’ is the AMOSA newsletter which should inform you and your friends of current activity at the Museum. It is an active Army Museum and usually have about 45 volunteers attending on Wednesdays to upgrade and change the exhibits in the Galleries. They are open to the public on Sunday afternoons and regularly conduct tours for groups of about 20 + persons during the week.  AMOSA MARCH 2016 NEWSLETTER v1

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Veteran’s Health – March 2016

Please view this informative publication here

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Latest Issue of Holdfast for February 2016, Issue No 28

A good read.  Here is the link to the Tunnel Rats Newsletter page

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Australia and the Vietnam War

A very informative website with an interactive Roll of Honour Image Gallery that provides background information on the serviceman.


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There are over two years of back copies on the Infantryman Page.

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‘He should have died’: the Vietnam veteran who never really returned

Please take the time to read this article which is primarily about Michael McKernan’s book, “When This Thing Happened”. The title defers to Michael Stawyskyj’s constant reference to the moment in Vietnam in 1969 – “When this thing happened”.  Michael Stawyskyj is the father of Joe Stawyskyj. a 5RAR digger serously wounded in 1969.

Here is the link

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New Anzac Memorial at Emu Park Queensland

A picture and a link to show what we have been up to at Emu Park.

Emu Park The image on the Digi-glass panel is taken from a painting of Australian diggers landing at Gallipoli. By matching up the horizons you can visualize the troops coming ashore.This shot is taken at sunrise and silhouettes the figures in the glass. The morning bulletin link has a series of pictures of the memorial precinct. regards Jack Parr.

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Behind the Wire: Images and Stories of Vietnam Veterans

Behind the Wire is an exhibition about Vietnam veterans, their jobs and their experiences, in their words.  You can view the website here

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