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2018 Major Events

Members and Friends of the RARA SA. We are ready to take bookings for a number of major events occurring in 2018. 1.   Our first major event is a Wine Tasting Afternoon on Sunday 25 March, from noon till 4pm.  It is fully catered meal prepared by Rob’s Roasts.  The wine selection will be made by our President, Mike von Berg.  For those who have attended in the past you will recall that Mike has offered up some excellent wine choices and they have been very enjoyable afternoons.   Cost for food will be $10 each.  Bookings are essential. 2.  We will be reviving our Greek Night on Friday … Continue reading

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Army Newspaper Edition 1413 – 22 February 18

The latest edition of Army News is now available to view online: www.defence.gov.au/news/armynews SHOW OF FORCE: Special Air Service Regiment soldiers demonstrate counterterrorism tactics for regional leaders. – PAGES 1 and 7 SETTING THE AGENDA: Commanders lay out their priorities for the year.–pages 2-3 MAJOR MILESTONE: Task Group Taji trainers’ significant achievement with more than 30,000 Iraqi soldiers trained since 2015. – CENTRE  And in sport: SUPERSTARS: Soldiers begin their AFL Women’s season with a bang. – PAGE 22

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CALLS TO INCLUDE CSC IN BANKING, SUPERANNUATION AND FINANCIAL SERVICES INDUSTRY ROYAL COMMISSION

Further to the CSC in Banking etc  Dear ADSO Members, All will undoubtedly recall that late last year we issued a joint ADSO/RSL Media Statement calling on the Government to amend the Royal Commission’s Terms of Reference into Banking and Super to include an examination of the military superannuation funds administered by the Commonwealth Superannuation Corporation. Well, this afternoon, representing ADSO as a whole, I was invited, along with the National President RSL, to the Shadow DVA Minister’s office for a preview of what the Opposition planned to do in that regard. As we found out, their decision was to proactively support the joint advocacy of ADSO/RSL to include CSC in the Royal … Continue reading

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Vietnam remembers 50 years after Tet Offensive

Courtesy of VN Express Vietnam remembers victory and losses 50 years after Tet Offensive By Manh Tung, Tuyet Nguyen, Tran Duy   January 30, 2018 | 01:55 pm GMT+7 Bay Son talks about the Tet Offensive attacks in 1968, where he lost 16 comrades. Photo by VnExpress/Duy Tran Heroic memories are accompanied by pain and guilt, say veterans who lost hundreds of comrades. Half a century since his troops helped land heavy blows on key U.S. bases in Saigon, Bay Son still carries the guilt of not being able to find his dead comrades. One morning in late January 2018, he woke up in a room at Thong Nhat Hospital, a … Continue reading

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Decimation of the Engineer Patrol

February 2018 marks the 50th Anniversary of the Tet Offensive in Vietnam in 1968, widely accepted as the turning point of that War. During that time the Australian Army engaged in joint operations with NZ and American troops and, for the first time, North Vietnamese Army and Vietcong forces attacked an understrength Australian Fire Support Base, code named Andersen, set up near Bien Hoa. The history books have for too long ignored the battle at Fire Support Base Andersen, probably because the Commander of the Australian Force Vietnam at the time, Major General Arthur MacDonald, saw the results (ie small number of Enemy dead) as ‘not spectacular’. Body count was … Continue reading

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Members 2017 Xmas Party

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December 2017 Edition of the Infantryman

This is the current issue of the Infantryman Infantryman December 2017 Dec 4 Below is the August 2017 issue Infantryman August 2017

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7RAR – Freedom of the City – 8 September 17

Below are a selection of photos of 7RAR’s parade and march through Adelaide.  As ever, click on the photo for improved viewing. 7RAR 2ic Major Scott Golden with Certificate granting Freedom of the City  

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Two Items Worth Revisiting

Click on the image for improved viewing, 1967 I think. Join Army

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RARA SA Regimental Dinner 19 Aug 2017

Here are a few photos of our highly successful dinner.  As always, by selecting a photo you will be able to view a better photo as well as the caption for it. And some nostalgic memories of our May 2013 Regimental Dinner  

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Long Tan Day 2017

See a selection of photos taken at the Long Tan Day Service held at the Torrens Parade Ground.  As always, click on the photos for improved viewing and captions.  

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RCB Update

Please view the latest news on the RCB campaign here RCB Update There is an extensive history to this campaign under the Advocacy tab (above).

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Latest Issue of Holdfast for July 2017, Issue No 31

Here is the latest Holdfast.  In this edition, there are numerous excellent articles and photos including one of 5 RAR’s Sergeant Rod Lees after the mine incident in June 1969 – the photo was supplied by Rod. http://tunnelrats.com.au/pdfs/newsletters/Holdfast-31.pdf There is a very interesting article about FSB Andersen during February 1968.  Many of our 3RAR comrades will remember this Operation http://tunnelrats.com.au/pdfs/newsletters/Holdfast-30.pdf Here is the link to the Tunnel Rats Newsletter page http://tunnelrats.com.au/newnewsletters.php

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The Casualty List

The Casualty List has been off line for some time, here it is revived. Note by clicking on the sub-headings, unit or coy/pl for example, you can then filter your searches. http://www.thecasualtylist.com/

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Infantryman Editions

Here is the April 2017 edition Infantryman April 2017 You can view the November 2016 edition here Infantryman November final 16.11.2016 the August 2016 edition here Infantryman August and the April 2016 edition here Infantryman+April+2016 There are numerous excellent articles and a list of activities at HQ for the foreseeable future. Archived Infantryman are under the Infantryman tab.

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Pocket Book for National Servicemen

Courtesy of the 5RAR website, here is some historical information which may help revive a number of fading memories http://www.5rar.asn.au/history/information-book-for-nashos.pdf

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7RAR Presentation to RARA SA

The RSM and CO of 7RAR presented a flag to the RARA SA on 14 December 2016.  This flag represents one of the 7RAR soldiers Killed In Action and was flown over the 7RAR base in Iraq during September 2016.

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2016 RARA SA Xmas Show

A number of photos to view, as ever, click on the photo to increase the size

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Jock (Robbie) Buchan – a 6RAR Soldier lost but now found

An interesting article concerning Jock Buchan, KIA 11 December 1969, his ashes found in Scotland! You can read it here  Buchan Article ======================== Further to the above article, comments and a link from Paul Jackson, Jock’s Platoon Commander. Hi Fred,  What a special journey. It is hard to believe that after almost 50 years we have finally completed Jock’s story. We have come so far over the past year or so. A little over 12 months ago those involved in the action, Jock’s closest mates, did not even know where his body had gone after watching him being wrapped in a hutchie, tied on to a jungle penetrator and then … Continue reading

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Regimental Dinner Photos (25 June 16) – click on the photo to enlarge

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