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Sharing Australia's military and service history through the experiences of our veterans

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.

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Honouring our Vietnam veterans 

Feature

On Vietnam Veterans' Day, Australians pause to honour the service and sacrifice of over 60,000 Australians who served in Vietnam, including over 500 who lost their lives. The day falls on the anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan in 1966.

Jim Richmond's story

Veterans' stories

Jim served with the Australian Army in Vietnam. In August 1966, he was wounded during the Battle of Long Tan. When the survivors of his platoon pulled back, Jim still lay injured on the battlefield. Watch Jim tell his story​​​​​​​

Paths to Victory podcasts

Education

Our social historian Dr Rebecca Fleming shares the stories of many Australians during World War II in our new podcast series. Episode 4 explores how Australians celebrated peace and homecomings, but not everyone felt joy. Listen to the podcast

Nancy Wake: Stories of Service

Resources

Imagine going undercover as a spy in occupied France during World War II. You would need confidence and courage to maintain your cover while gathering intelligence. Nancy Wake was so good at avoiding the Germans that the Gestapo code-named her ‘the White Mouse’. Watch the short video

105 years after the August Offensive

Commemoration

During August 1915, the Allied forces on Gallipoli launched a series of attacks to break the stalemate between the Allies and the Turks. Two well-known Australian actions were:

Anzac Day Schools' Awards - big prizes!

Competition closes 11 September

This year is the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II. What did your school do to study the war? We're awarding a national prize of $5000, state/territory prizes of $3000, and special category prizes of $2000 (remote and specialist education settings, veteran involvement, innovative commemoration, creative use of technology). Find out how to enter

Portrait of Leonard Waters in his flight uniform

New biographies

What's new

We've published biographies of some people who were significant to Australia's involvement in the two World Wars:

Sites of Significance: Then and Now photos of World War II

What's new

The Commonwealth, states and territories have found some remarkable images captured during the war and have since photographed each local site of significance as it stands today. Step back in time to visualise Australia during wartime. See our Then and Now gallery

Free books, education resources and videos

What's popular

We've produced over 100 resources on Australia's military and service history. Many are for teachers and students. Some have won national awards. These are what people wanted most in the past 30 days:

Anniversaries and events

What's on

18 August 2020 - Vietnam Veterans' Day
31 August 2020 - Malaya and Borneo Veterans' Day
2 September 2020 - 75th anniversary of Field Marshal Blamey signing the Instrument of Surrender; Battle for Australia Day
3 September 2020 - Merchant Navy Day
14 September 2020 - National Peacekeepers' and Peacemaking Day
11 November 2020 - Remembrance Day 

Find more dates: Australian National Commemorations

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