Hungry? Power Hungry? Both? - Biolite is the answer.
The Biolite Camp Stove is a revolutionary stove design that will efficiently cook your meals, and recharge batteries in portable devices (cameras, headtorches, smartphones etc). The Biolite CampStove uses groundbreaking technology to generate electricity. The power is then used to improve the stove efficiency, and recharge devices: The heat...
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Wirraways engage Japanese fighter and bomber formations over Rabaul.
In 1940-41, camouflaged Wirraways were deployed to forward bases in Malaya (No 21 Squadron) Rabaul (No 24 Squadron), and Darwin (No 12 Squadron). On 6 January 1942, Flight Lieutenant B. Anderson of No 24 Squadron became the first RAAF pilot to engage in air-to-air combat in the South-West Pacific, when his Wirraway...
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New combat-shooting philosophy sweeps through Australian Army.
Australian Army special forces soldiers are using innovative teaching techniques to pass on world’s best advanced combat shooting skills to regular infantry soldiers during a prototype training course at Majura training area outside Canberra from 6 November to 10 December 2016.
Over the past five-to-10 years, Special Air Service...
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Q & A – What is the connection between Decanters and the Military?
In the past we referred to certain fortified wines as Port. However since 2009 an agreement between Australia and the EU we no longer refer to drinks via traditional names based on places. We handed the name Port back to its origins in the city of Porto, Portugal and now refer to it as Aged, Tawny, Vintage Tawny and so on. ...
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Little Soldiers catered for at Military Shop.
Did you know we stock a range of clothing to suit our junior soldiers of the future at the Military Shop? Auscam t-shirts and tracksuit style pants, camo hats and baseball caps as well as camo face paint!! We also have practical paracord survival wrist bands and NATO approved combat survival kits for those ready to hit the bush and even protect...
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No 4 Squadron AFC.
The final Australian Flying Corp (AFC) Squadron to be formed in WW1 set sail for England on 17 January 1917. No. 4 Squadron AFC arrived in England and after training on the Sopwith Camel Fighters the unit was deployed to the Western Front in France and increased from 18 to 24 machines. This increased its offensive capabilities considerably. During its time on the Western...
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An Amazing Piece of Australian Military History.
The King's Cup was presented by King George V to the Australian Imperial Forces (AIF) Number One Crew on July 4th 1919 after the crew's win at the Henley Peace Regatta.
The ensuing drama saw Capt. Disher decided to petition King George V for the trophy's release. He sent his petition via the Governor General to the King on October 30th 1920. The...
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Giggle Hats are no Laughing matter!!
The Australian Army started wearing bush hats, often called giggle hats in the past, during WW2 when deployed in South East Asia. Later they gained popularity during the Malayan Emergency giving relief from the searing heat and tropical rain. The hat usually has around the head band looped areas for foliage to be inserted for camouflage purposes. During...
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The Battle of Lone Pine.
The Battle of Lone Pine, one of the most famous actions of the Gallipoli campaign, was mounted as a diversion to draw Turkish attention away from assaults against Sari Bair, Chunuk Bair and Hill 971.
The attack was launched by the 1st Brigade in the late afternoon of 6 August 1915 following a long artillery bombardment. The attackers were faced with formidable Turkish...
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How it seems - after your first long hike!
Cartoon of soldier in slouch hat marching uphill in full kit, extremely large feet printed with "1 ton". The words: Hep! Hep! Left ! Right! printed on right
Postcards were enormously popular during World War I, millions were sent to and from those at war and those at home. They often carried sentimental or patriotic messages, being designed to promote...
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Military Police Close Personal Protection Course.
Soldiers from the Royal Australian Corps of Military Police completed a close personal protection operatives course with a challenging exercise conducted at the Australian Federal Police training facility at Majura, Canberra, on 1 November 2016.
Close personal protection operatives courses teach Australian Defence Force personnel how to provide...
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The capture of Sio by the 9th Australian Division.
On 21 December 1943, the 20th Infantry Brigade passed through the 4th Infantry Brigade and initiated the second stage of the pursuit. Generals Blamey, Berryman and Wootten visited the acting brigade commander, Lieutenant Colonel N. W. Simpson, and emphasised that the brigade was to minimise casualties where possible by employing artillery and...
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Battle of Gemas - Malaya WW2.
The Battle of Gemas—part of the wider Battle of Muar—took place during the Japanese invasion of Malaya in the Pacific Campaign of the Second World War. The action occurred on 14 January 1942 at the Gemencheh Bridge near Gemas and saw around 1,000 troops of the Japanese Japanese 5th Division killed or wounded during a fierce ambush initiated by Australian soldiers...
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Macchi MB-326 - Australia's venerable Jet Trainer and RAAF Showcase.
In the 1960s the RAAF were looking for a replacement for their Vampires and Winjeels in an attempt to establish an all-jet form of pilot training. Having evaluated jets including the BAC Jet Provost, Canadair Tutor, Fuji T-1 and SAAB 105, the Macchi MB-326 was selected in August 1965.
The initial order was for 75 aircraft for...
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At the going down of the sun and in the morning, We will remember them.
By Robert Irving.
This was taken during a night move into a FOB (forward observation base) in East Timor 2002. This shows the difference in equipment compared to what was issued to soldiers during Gallipoli, as all the soldiers in this shot had their Night Vision attachments on. These kind of moves would have required...
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The General’s Last Card?
The General Officer Commanding’s (GOC) card awarded to Lance Corporal P.C. Rawlins for “coolness and courage” at Messines in France in 1917 has a special historic significance.
Cards like these were widely used in the British Expeditionary Force as way of providing tangible recognition to men who were thought deserving but who had not received any other award.
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We recently donated a bunch of gifts for Bev and Allister from Bethgreglyn Coins and Collectables to use on a trip to New Caledonia. Looks like Navy’s IFR is a big hit with the locals. This is what Bev sent us: “The gifts were really well received – believe me – particularly the caps, believe it or not. You would probably believe it, as it is sooo hot in those islands, and they just don’t...
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The Spirit – Gallipoli Landing 1915.
This painting is the most accurate depiction to date of the dawn landing at Anzac Cove on 25th April 1915.
It captures the essence of the action some thirty minutes after the initial landing and strips away the myth associated with this iconic action in Australian military history.
Clearly, the artist has researched the subject meticulously, down to the...
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Sands of Gallipoli
March to War Limited Edition Medallion.
A rare proof medallion, limited to 500 units.
The presentation features a vial of sand collected from the landing beaches at Gallipoli and a numbered certificate of authenticity.
Selling fast at $45.00 with $4.50 going to support Soldier On. [ Link ]
Today the Military Shop were visited by cadets from South East Queensland 139ACU Defence Force Cadets. Whilst in the store they continued what has become a bit of tradition where they collect small change from the group and donate to Soldier On. The group donated $111.80 as a result. Well done and what a fantastic group of Young Australians.