The Gallipoli Landings – Lest We Forget – ANZAC Day

The legend of the ANZAC was born from the courage and bloodshed of brave young men from Australia and New Zealand on the shores, steep cliffs, ravines and hills of Gallipoli in 1915. The Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) along with British and French forces faced stiff opposition from the Turkish troops of the Ottoman Empire during…

The Dreaded Gas Warfare of World War One

Enemy artillery shells come screaming in and crashing about, bringing a thunderous nightmare! Soon an eerie great cloud drifts slowly towards the trenches. The call to don a mask is roared out along the line, “It’s the dreaded gas boys!“. Blinding, gaseous poison that could burn the skin whilst destroying lungs in a single breath, leading to a slow,…

Mephisto – The Last German A7V Sturmpanzerwagen

I recently revisited the always impressive Australian War Memorial in Canberra, which is currently exhibiting an interesting and very rare piece of World War One history. Wander into the ground floor of the large ANZAC Hall and you will be confronted by the mighty Mephisto, the only surviving A7V Sturmpanzerwagen (armoured assault vehicle) Imperial German World War One tank…

Lest We Forget 2014

The Ode They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old; Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning We will remember them.

Canadian War Museum – Part II: LeBreton Gallery

The Canadian War Museum in Ottawa, Canada is a must see for anyone interested in military history. The displays of equipment and vehicles is impressive and covers the entire scope of Canada’s military history from the First Nations and Colonial times to the modern age. My previous blog covered the majority of the display halls, but my favourite part of the…

Canadian War Museum – Part I

When visiting Ottawa in Ontario, Canada if you have any interest in military history you must not miss the world-class Canadian War Museum. The impressive looking museum covers every period in which Canadians have been involved in some form of conflict and the main galleries are in historical chronological order. The galleries start out with Battleground which covers…

Stately Ottawa – Canada’s Capital

Ottawa in Ontario is the capital of Canada. The city was founded in 1826 as Bytown and in 1855 became a city and changed its name to Ottawa which is also the name of the river that runs beside it. The word Ottawa is derived from the language of the first nations tribe of the Algonquin. In their…

Royal Australian Armoured Corps Tank Museum at “Pucka”

The Armoured Corps of most nations armies originally started as horse borne cavalry units. With the introduction of the tank  in World War One by the British who first used Mark I tanks on the Somme battlefield in France on September 15th, 1916 the face of warfare changed completely (they were introduced to break the back of trench warfare). Cavalry…

WW1 Fighters Fly Again

Originally posted on Aces Flying High:
The Wings Over Wairarapa 2013 air show in Masterton, New Zealand featured many spectacular flying displays but something really cool about this show was being able to see many World War One era wooden framed, fabric covered biplane and triplane aircraft take flight. The Knights of the Sky return! Dawn Patrol! Royal…

Australian 2012 Remembrance Day Coin

The Royal Australian Mint released a special commemorative uncirculated $2 coin for Remembrance Day 2012. It features a fantastic looking scarlet Flanders Poppy in the centre of the coin face, surrounded by the repeated words Lest We Forget and Remembrance Day. This is the first ever commemorative $2 coin in Australia and an excellent tribute to fallen countrymen and women…

Remembrance Day 2012

They shall grow not old as we that are left grow old, Age shall not weary them nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning, We will remember them. ~ Laurence Binyon Lest we forget 11am on November 11th marks Remembrance Day when the armistice was signed by Germany…