Issue 15
September 2007

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"Well, there's drop bears - they can get pretty nasty."
And so, the bi-annual Aussie sport of winding up the Yanks - otherwise known as Exercise Talisman Saber - commenced.

Words Sam Eastwood
Pics ADF


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With the 'Tiger Battle Group' - based around the newly de-linked 5RAR - taking up the mantle of operations in southern Iraq, we visit the MEAO for a wrap-up of Australians in action in the Middle East.

Words Brian Hartigan, Captain Sarah Hawke, Captain Cameron Jamieson and "The Phantom"
Pics ADF


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In 1965, two young Australian soldiers were left behind on a battlefield in Vietnam. Their mates never forgot them and, 15,153 days late, the boys are brought home.

Words Sergeant Damian Griffin
Pics Corporal Rachel Ingram

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More than 300 New Zealanders walk a daily tightrope on the mean streets of Iraq. As guns for hire, they weigh up the risk of life against the attraction of lucrative contracts, and soldier on.

Words Kiwi Mac
Pics Kelly Schicker, Waikato Time; and Brian Hartigan

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Emotions ran high in Darwin as the venerable Leopard tank was farwelled on parade, passing the batton for the Army's big-hitting main battle tank.

Pics Gunner Shannon Joyce

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By the time this issue hits the shelves, New Zealand's latest VC winner will probably be walking out of the Urewera Ranges with a pig draped over his shoulders. That's because Corporal Bill 'Willy' Apiata VC would rather be in the hills hunting wild boar, or in the mountains of Afghanistan on the Taliban's tail, than face the media throng that hunted him on Monday 2 July.
Corporal Willy Apiata is the first ever member of the SAS to win a VC, anywhere in the Commonwealth.

Words Brian Hartigan
Pics ADF

CONTACT Air Land & Sea - Somalia

"...Estimated time of arrival 9.30am.
Been up before the sun and now I'm tired before I even begin,
Now you're flying - I got so much work in front of me,
Really flying - it stretches out as far as the eye can see... I can see..."

Someone was playing that bloody song again....

Words Wayne Cooper
Pics Supplied by Wayne Cooper, and ADF


  • Poster - Australia's Global Operations
  • 3 Brigade flexes its muscles
  • HMAS Parramatta - Unique among her peers
  • New Special Forces training centre opening
  • Letters to the Editor
  • The Big Picture - Mentors in NORFORCE
  • Heads up

Plus our regular columns;

    • Military Fitness by Don Stevenson and Military Self Defence by Major Travis Faure
    • Just Soldiers by WO1 Darryl Kelly
    • Letters from the front by Private Henry Wright
    • Games reviews by Sapper Gameboy