At a BBQ last week the conversation got around to discussing Mel Gibson’s latest movie “Heartbreak Ridge”: It generated a lot of  comment about other war movies and the inevitable best choice from both the men and women. Mine is “All Quiet on the Western Front”  The 1930 film is the best version although the […]

The October edition of NSCnews Online is out now… please forward this email as previously arranged to your list of email contacts to ensure it is circulated as widely as possible. I would also appreciate links being listed in any relevant social media forums as well if you can. As Elvis said: Thank you, thank […]

AFTER three years, one month and two days, the Korean War ended at 10pm on July 27, 1953. Perhaps it is more correct to say hostilities ceased as the armistice formally signed 12 hours earlier came into effect. Surviving Australian veterans of that conflict are now in their ninth decade but the war in which […]

One of the biggest issues many veterans face when they leave the defence force is deciding what to do next with their lives. Many from outside the defence force might consider it just ‘finding a new job’, but it’s more than that. It’s about finding a new career, which can give you a sense of […]

                          A Legacy So Dear Oh what have we done to our legacy, so precious and dear Now with leaderless tribes and damaged moral compass I fear Once so strong, proud, united and standing tall With a free way of life envied by all A nation built on faith, vision, blood, sweat and tears  Now […]

We live in a world of increasing social changes and shrinking common sense.  Thus as we blunder into tomorrow without understanding yesterday, it does beg the question, “where are we going? Can we really expect our youth, (tomorrow’s leaders) to march forward with confidence and sound sense of purpose when they are continually bombarded with […]

This Part comprises Australian authors and publications which might generally be regarded as factual depictions of military history which features the RAR family. It includes those applicable Australian Official Histories as defined by the Australian Government/Australian War Memorial. For the complete list of the six series of Australian Official Histories, please click here.   GENERAL […]

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  Steve Austin broadcast his ABC Radio 612 4QR Brisbane breakfast show from, the PTS Forum in Brisbane on 8th September 2017.  You can listen to the broadcast here Steve is a respected and noted questioning and searching interviewer of his guests as you will hear. He has obviously researched the subject and asks searching questions […]

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        The 2017 AGM was held yesterday at the Belmont RSL and a new Executive Committee was voted in: President – Peter James Heeney V. President – Derek Parsons Secretary – John Babbage (Jack) Treasurer – Duncan Warren Committee Members (to assist the Secretary and Treasurer): Terry Ohalloran (Irish) Derek Parsons Patron: […]

The latest edition of CONTACT can be read here, it leads off with their article of 2RAR (Amphib) 2RAR will be called 2RAR (Amphib) 04/09/2017 Brian Hartigan Following a recent CONTACT article that suggested 2RAR would ‘cease to exist as an infantry battalion’, new details have emerged. In an article in ARMY newspaper today, the […]