First AIF Troops arrive in France.
In February 1916 troops from the AIF arrived in France after regrouping from the Gallipoli Campaign. [ Link ]
ANZAC Day is getting closer.
As we move closer to ANZAC Day we also move ever closer to the cut-off to get your medals mounted, refurbished or altered in time for the big day. Medal orders placed before 31 March 2017 will be done in time for Anzac Day, after that day you may miss out. Don't Delay! [ Link ]
Verdun, Western Front.
A bitter battle between the French and the Germans lasting nine months from February to December 1916 and costing over a million men killed and wounded. French losses at Verdun meant that for the remainder of the war British forces had to bear much of the burden of the fighting on the Western Front. [ Link ]
Australia Under Attack – Japan Bombs.
Japan's air raid on Darwin in the Northern Territory on 19 February 1942 was the first of almost 100 such raids across the top of Australia. Australians were no longer simply defending the Empire. They were defending their home. [ Link ]
Allied warships shell Dardanelles.
19 February 1915 - This was the first allied attempt to force a passage through the Dardanelles and attack the heart of the Ottoman Empire. Its failure ultimately led to the ill-fated Gallipolli campaign. [ Link ]
Op Bribie Remembered by B Coy OC.
The former O.C. of B Company 6RAR, who led his men into battle during Operation Bribie on 17 February 1967, continues to honour his men and their memory on 50 years on. [ Link ]
Vietnam: 50th Anniversary Operation Bribie.
Like most actions of the Vietnam War Operation Bribie is not truly understood or considered by those not connected to service. Yet it is battle that exemplifies the resolve of ordinary Australian soldiers in the face of adversity. [ Link ]
Get the Gift that goes "Straight to the Pool Room"
Our range of Bar Runners make excellent gifts and additions for the bar to stimulate hours of chatter. Bar runners emblazoned with medals, historical images, campaign commemorations and memorials make great additions to adorn the bar. They span events from the Great War to current day. [ Link ]
Paardeburg, Orange Free State, South Africa.
A major action of the Boer War in February 1900 in which men of the New South Wales Mounted Rifles were involved that resulted in the surrender of 4,000 Boers under General Piet Cronje. The Queen's South Africa Medal where awarded would have an Orange Free State clasp to signify this action. Remember the ANZAC Day cut off for medals is fast...
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Fleet Review Books - still a great read and a Great Gift.
This book is an inspirational record, both past and present of the accomplishments of one of the world's leading Navy's. This book captures and records the International Fleet Review, providing a spectacular photographic record of the celebrations. To compliment this is a brief history of Navy's operation's over the last 100 years as...
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Ceremonial Swords.
A military sword specification is a combination of artistic value, history, tradition and engineering standards. The Military Shop are proud suppliers of Ceremonial Swords to ADF personnel whether as part of a Graduation offering or to commemorate service. Ceremonial Swords are also often purchased as memorabilia to celebrate a family member who has served in conflicts...
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Two-year intensive PTSD trial launched.
Minister for Veterans’ Affairs and Defence Personnel Dan Tehan has launched the trial of a new intensive treatment program for current and former Australian Defence Force members who have post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). (Source - CONTACT Magazine)
Mr Tehan said the research was part of the government’s drive to improve the mental health of...
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ANZAC Day is marching ever closer.
The year is flying by yet again. Did you realise it is just over 10 weeks till ANZAC Day 2017!! Therefore NOW is the time to get your medals in for attention or to order your replicas to ensure you beat the rush and don’t miss the cut off for this year. The cut off date is 31 March 2017 to ensure medals are ready for this year's ANZAC Day [ Link ]
Q & A - Why was WW1 called the Great War?
World War One is most commonly referred to as the “Great War”. It is not a term used to suggest “excellence” or similar but rather that the scale was “Great” indicating the enormity of the scale of the conflict. It is also believed the term had a moral link in that the Allies believed they were fighting evil, similar to biblical stories of...
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Australia's First Flagship.
The Australian Navy's first flagship, the battle cruiser HMAS Australia (I) was the centrepiece of the 'Fleet Unit', whose acquisition signalled the RAN's arrival as a credible ocean-going force. These beginnings later saw her proceed to Rosyth in Scotland, where in February 1915 she became flagship of the 2nd Battle Cruiser Squadron, flying the flag of Rear...
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War memorial upgrade at Bowhill.
A great article to see the power of the community in raising funds to get a monument upgraded to reflect the appreciation of the area. See the article in the Murray Valley Standard at; [ Link ] Great to see the magificent figurine raised so much toward the cause.

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Australian Machine Gun Corp.
The Australian Machine Gun Corps of the Australian Army was formed for service during World War I. It was established in February 1916 as part of a reorganisation of the Australian Imperial Force (AIF) in Egypt as preparations were made to transfer the bulk of the AIF's infantry divisions to Europe to take part in the fighting on the Western Front. Initially, the...
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RAN Bridging Train.
In February 1916 the RAN Bridging Train assumed responsibility for the maintenance of the bridges across the Suez Canal at Serapeum. The term ‘train’, in its title, was a direct reference to the horse-drawn wagons that would, in theory, form and move ‘in train’ to carry the unit’s heavy lumber, building materials and engineering equipment to the front. [ Link ]
J4 Submarine.
In February 1916 HM submarine J4 was launched at Pembroke, England. It was transferred to the RAN and became HMAS J4 after WW1 and ultimately decommissioned in 1922. Today it is often referred to at the "90ft Sub" being a popular dive site and laying in 27metres of water outside Port Phillip Heads, Victoria. [ Link ]
Mad Harry Murray.
Lieutenant Colonel Henry William Murray, VC, CMG, DSO (and Bar), DCM (1880–1966)
He described his occupation as a “bushman” when he joined the 16th Battalion AIF in 1914, but Harry Murray was already a mature and independent leader of men. He worked at Manjimup, Western Australia, employing sleeper cutters and had earlier been an armed escort for a mining company north of...
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