Australia invoked the ANZUS Alliance following the Al Qaeda attacks in the United States on 11 September 2001.
In what is probably the most extraordinary and hazardous circumstances ever faced by Australian soldiers, ninety-two combat engineers helped to clear minefields in the midst of an ongoing civil war.
To set the scene, Michael began with a short video of interviews of family members of VC recipients taken while he was researching the book.
Before Federation, colonial naval officers were recognised for steadfastness and courage while serving in South Africa and China.
This lavishly produced book is both an illustrated account of Australia’s Victoria Cross winners and a fund-raising vehicle for that worthy cause, the TPIS (Totally and Permanently Incapacitated Ex-Servicemen & Women’s Association).
Written posthumously about the life of Corporal Cameron Baird (1981-2013), this book aims to provide a snapshot of the Australian man behind his well-known heroics as a soldier.
This long book – 594 pages – deals with Australia’s war in Afghanistan from October 2001 to July 2012. During this time the author was attached to those forces and could report on them subject to censorship by the Australian Defence Force.
In conversations over raki with my ‘middle eastern’ friends, the topic sometimes turns to how the West is seeking to destabilise the region and prevent it from realising the peace and opportunities present in much of the rest of the world.