Sharing our military and service history through the experiences of Australian veterans

Look through the Anzac Portal to uncover the experiences of the people who have served Australia in wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations. The hardship of overseas service extends to the family and friends they leave behind. We commemorate their service and sacrifice.

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Commemorating Korean Veterans' Day


Australia was the first of 15 nations to support South Korea and the United States in the Korean War. Of almost 18,000 Australians who served, 1,200 were wounded, 29 were taken prisoner and 340 died. Remember them on 27 July.

New book - In from the Cold: Reflections on Australia’s Korean War

Out and about

Co-authored by DVA’s social historian, Dr Rebecca Fleming. Her chapter explores the significant contribution of Australian military nurses to the Korean War. Read Chapter 14 (PDF).

Bill Simmond: his story

Veterans’ stories

Bill, a fighter pilot in No. 77 Squadron, served in the area of Pyongyang during the Korean War. He shared his experience in air combat and recalled the shooting down of an enemy aircraft. Listen to his experience.

Free copy of Kokoda teaching resource


Our Kokoda resource introduces History students to living conditions on the Kokoda Track and soldiers’ first-hand accounts. Email your details to for a free copy.

Paths to Victory podcast


This series tells the stories of many Australians during World War II. Join us for Episode 1 where we talk about sailors, troops and aircrew who served in North Africa, the Middle East and Europe. Listen to our podcast.

80th Anniversary of the Kokoda Track Campaign


This was a significant campaign for Australians during World War II. They helped defend the Australian Territory of Papua against the Japanese advance. In the dense jungle, the troops faced many challenges. Learn about the war in Papua.

Vietnam veteran Ray Simpson VC

What’s new

Rayene Simpson VC was an experienced soldier who served in 4 major conflicts. For his service in the Vietnam War, he received a Distinguished Conduct Medal and the Victoria Cross. Read about this inspirational leader.

Free books, teaching resources and videos

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Anniversaries and events

What’s on

Recognition of significant episodes in Australia’s past holds enormous importance to those who have served. We’ve listed official days of commemoration and other dates that your community may wish to observe. See our special days of commemoration.

Upcoming commemorations:

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