Trevor Dixon

The book Vietnam Vanguard, edited by Ron Boxall and Robert O’Neill, is an impressive piece of research. The main audience for this book will be those who served in 5 RAR at the time or have been associated with the battalion since it was formed in 1965. It’s also a comprehensive record for military historians […]

TOMORROW our nation marks Battle for Australia Day — a time to acknowledge those who served in campaigns to the north of Australia and on the home front in protecting our nation. Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Darren Chester said that between 1942 and 1945 the threat to Australia was real, starting when Singapore fell to […]

TOMORROW, on Malaya and Borneo Veterans’ Day, Australia recognises our personnel who served in the Malayan Emergency (1948–1960), and the Indonesian Confrontation, or Konfrontasi, (1962–1966). Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Darren Chester said although sensitivities surrounding the conflicts prevented widespread media coverage at the time, our Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel played an important role in […]

Sad news from Simon Hearder, Secretary, AATTV Association ACT Branch on the passing on 27th August 2020 of fellow Team member, Lt Col (later Col) A. (Alex) V. Preece DSO, MVO aged 93 years. LTCOL Preece took over command of AATTV in May 1965 from Col O.D. Jackson who had been promoted and assumed command […]

THIS coming week is Legacy Week, an annual appeal that raises awareness and funds to support the families of Australian veterans. Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Darren Chester said Legacy Week was known for its trademark badges and was a simple way that Australians can support our ex-service personnel and their families, and say ‘thank you’. […]

                              No matter when or where, an invitation for a reunion of warriors creates magic warmth which spreads quickly and reaches out far and wide.  It is a time when the night before such an event, young veterans are already mingling at the rendezvous, while older ones at home still preparing, and doing their best […]

IN a significant step towards promoting better outcomes for veterans’ families, Ms Gwen Cherne has been appointed as the first ever Veteran Family Advocate, representing their perspectives in ongoing policy and decision making across Government. Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Darren Chester congratulated Ms Cherne on her appointment and said that her passion and experience in […]

Look through the Anzac Portal to uncover the experiences of the men and women who have served Australia in wars, conflicts and peace. The hardship of overseas service extends to the family and friends they leave behind. We commemorate their service and sacrifice. Articles include: Jim Richmond’s story Jim served with the Australian Army in […]

As the years pass, and our veterans get older, there are fewer opportunities to hear their stories first hand. In this episode of Cove Thoughts, produced especially to commemorate this year’s Vietnam Veterans’ Day, we talk to David Sabben about his experiences as a platoon commander at the Battle of Long Tan.     Powered by WPeMatico

#BeeAnAngel Day is here, and we’re spending the day celebrating Australia’s littlest livestock – honeybees! Join the movement and show your support for Australia’s beekeepers through our Hive Aid initiative. Australian beekeepers have recently experienced devastating bushfires coupled by years of intense drought. Over 50,000 hives were burnt in the bushfires, and remaining bees have struggled to survive […]