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True Grit: 75 Years Since the Battle of the Kokoda Trail

July marks the 75th anniversary of the beginning of the battle of the Kokoda Trail in New Guinea. The Kokoda Campaign, which took place between July and November of 1942, was a brutal resistance of the Japanese advance to Port Moresby from the north of New Guinea. Read more

Kokoda: The 'Track' vs 'Trail' Debate

In recent years, many hours have been wasted and much ink has been spilt debating whether the foot route across the Owen Stanley Range in Papua New Guinea (PNG) should be called the “Kokoda Trail” or the “Kokoda Track”.Read more

The Men Who Saved Australia

July marks the 75th anniversary of the beginning of the battle of the Kokoda Trail. These are the stories of the men who fought to defend Australia from encroaching Japanese forces. Read more

National Servicemen's Day

Australia has seen four periods of compulsory military service, when voluntary recruiting proved insufficient and the government used conscription to fill the Armed Forces. The most recent two schemes saw more than 280,000 ‘Nashos’ serve their nation between 1951-1959 and 1964-1972.Read more

Remembrance Day

After four years of bloodshed and bombardment, peace descended eerily on Europe’s Western Front at 11am on November 11, 1918. It was the moment the armistice came into effect – an agreement among Germany and the Allied Powers of France, Great Britain and the USA to end the First World War. Read more

Australia's Military History: Interactive Timeline

Australia's Military and RSL history on an interactive timelineRead more

Australia's Proud Military Heritage

Australia’s proud military heritage began with the arrival of three companies of marines with the first fleet. Our heritage, customs, traditions and discipline can be traced back to this time.Read more