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…

The Shrine of Remembrance – Melbourne, Australia

In Melbourne, Victoria one of the cities most famous landmarks is the Shrine of Remembrance. Completed in 1934, the Shrine was built to commemorate Australian troops lost in World War One – “The Great War (1914-1918). The Shrine’s design with its pyramidal roof and influences from ancient Greece is intended to offer a sense of solidity as a permanent memorial…

Le Musée de l’armée à Paris

June 3rd, 2012 The Musée de l’Armée (Army Museum) is located in Les Invalides in Paris. The original purpose of this large complex that opened in 1678 was to be a hospital and home for injured soldiers (part of the building still serves this purpose today). Over the years as the need for such a large building to serve this…

When the chips are down the Aussies are always there to help out

During a recent visit to the Franco Australian Museum which details the role of Australian troops during World War One at Villers-Brettoneux (a place where the Australian and British army stopped the German advance in 1918) in the Somme region of France I took the following photo of a poster. I took immense national pride in seeing this poster and got…

Australian Heroes at Rest

In World War One (1914 – 1918) many Australian soldiers fought on the Western Front in France and sadly lost their lives fighting the Imperial German army. It was the most costly war in terms of life and casualties in Australia’s history – back then the country had a population of less than 5 million people yet according…