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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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Commemorating our Vietnam veterans

Feature

This month, we commemorated the 50th anniversary of Operation Overlord. The operation included the Battle of Long Khanh – one of Australia’s last major actions in the war. Read about Australians in the Vietnam War.

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John Thurgur's story

Veterans' stories

John served with the Special Air Service during the Vietnam War. Unfortunately for him, homecoming was a disappointing experience. John later became a senior investigator for Unrecovered War Casualties. Watch John tell his story.

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Digibooks for primary and secondary students

Education

Our digibooks are both interactive and engaging, using video footage, pictures and discussion questions. Explore the Vietnam War:

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Australian experiences in the Vietnam War

Resources

The next online lesson in our education series, In Their Own Words. Australian Vietnam veterans discuss many topics and share their personal experiences. Work through the activities with students. Watch the short oral history videos.

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Armchair tour of the Western Front

Commemoration

With virtual reality technology, interactive videos and stunning 360-degree drone footage, you can explore 8 battle sites of World War I in Europe. Download our Anzac 360 app.

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Australians in the Serbian conflict

What's new

A series of actions were launched against Serbia in World War I. Some 1500 Australians and New Zealanders have been identified as having served or volunteered in the Serbian Campaign. Learn about this lesser-known conflict.

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Free books, education resources and videos

What's popular

Some of your favourite resources on Australia's military and service history:

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80th Anniversary of the Syrian Campaign 

What's on

Between 7 June and 11 July 1941, Australian troops served as part of the Allied force in Syria and Lebanon. Altogether, about 18,000 Australian troops took part in the Syrian campaign.

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.

Last chance to enter! Your school could win up to $5000. Entries into our Anzac Day Schools' Awards competition close next week, on Wednesday 30 June. Show us what commemoration looks like in your community. Submit an entry
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