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HMAS ANZAC Korea

6 SEP 1951: The Korean War and HMAS ANZAC bombs targets near Haeju. HMAS ANZAC was detached from HMS Glory’s screen to bombard targets near Haeju, Korea. The ANZAC was one of 11 Australian ships to serve in Korea. HMAS ANZAC (D59) was a Battle class destroyer of the Royal Australian Navy. Named after the […]

Allied forces hit top end

The sun was beating down on Mount Bundey Training Area when soldiers from the 8th/9th Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment (8/9 RAR), assaulted an enemy vehicle parked atop a rocky hilltop during Exercise Koolendong. Breaching a barbed-wire obstacle 130 kilometres south-east of Darwin, Northern Territory, the soldiers charged up the steep embankment, throwing smoke grenades […]

John French, VC

4 SEP 1942: World War II and Corporal John Alexander French, 2/9th Battalion, originally from Toowoomba, Queensland, earns the Victoria Cross at Milne Bay, New Guinea. It was a posthumous award. French was born on 15 July 1914 in Crows Nest, north of Toowoomba in Queensland, Australia. His parents were Lucy (née Donaldson) and Albert […]

Battle for Milne Bay

4 SEP 1942: World War II and the Japanese evacuation of Milne Bay, New Guinea begins. The fighting at Milne Bay resulted in the first defeat of a Japanese amphibious landing in the Second World War. Initially the Japanese troops overwhelmed and pushed back the first Australian battalions encountered, the 61st and 2/10th Battalions, but […]

A Declaration of War

3 SEP 1939: World War II and Britain, France, Australia, and New Zealand declare war on Germany. The German invasion of Poland led to the declaration of war against Germany by the United Kingdom and France and began the Second World War. Approaching defeat in the First World War, Germany signed the First Armistice at […]

William Dartnell, VC

3 SEP 1915: World War I and Temporary Lieutenant William Thomas Dartnell, 25th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers, originally from Melbourne, earns the Victoria Cross at Maktau, British East Africa. It was a posthumous award. William Dartnell, born at Collingwood, Melbourne, was only 15 years old when he enlisted for service in South Africa with the Victorian […]

Lawrence Weathers, VC

2 SEP 1918: World War I and Corporal Lawrence Carthage Weathers, 43rd Battalion, originally from Te Koparu, New Zealand, earns the Victoria Cross at Péronne. Lawrence Weathers was born in Te Kopuru, near Dargaville, New Zealand, on 14 May 1890. His parents were originally from Australia and returned there when he was seven years old. […]

Germany Invades Poland

1 SEP 1939: World War II and Germany invades Poland. The German invasion of Poland led to the declaration of war against Germany by the United Kingdom and France and began the Second World War. At 4.45 am on 1 September 1939 the German battleship Schleswig-Holstein opened fire on the Polish garrison of the Westerplatte […]

John Bisdee, VC

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] 1 SEP 1900: The Second Boer War and Trooper (later Lieutenant Colonel) John Hutton Bisdee, 1st Tasmanian Imperial Bushmen, originally from Hutton Park, Tasmania, earns the Victoria Cross at Warm Bad, South Africa. John Bisdee was born on 28 September 1869 at Hutton Park, Melton Mowbray, Tasmania. In 1904 he married Georgiana Thodosia Hale […]

Alby Lowerson, VC

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] 1 SEP 1918: World War I and Sergeant Albert (Alby) David Lowerson, 21st battalion, originally from Myrtleford, Victoria, earns the Victoria Cross at Mont St Quentin. Albert Lowerson, nicknamed Alby, was born in Myrtleford, a town in the state of Victoria, on 2 August 1896. His father worked for the railways as an engine […]

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