IN A PIG’S EYE By Craig Hannan, SASR

During 1981 at the School of Army Medicine, Healsville on the 1/81 SAS patrol medics’ course we went to the morgue in Melbourne to watch some autopsies. On the way back we stopped for lunch. Well, Pete Sides thought he was from 1 RAR or 2/4 RAR (I can’t remember). He disappeared and came back […]

PISSING ON A TREE, THAT’S NOT CRICKET By Adrian D’Hage AM, MC. 6 RAR

It was Wednesday (Sports Day) and I had been in command of the 6th Battalion fully two days when it came to my attention that the battalion cricket team was short for that afternoon’s grudge match against 8/9 RAR. “I play cricket,” I offered. “It’s okay, Sir.” Translation: We’re not that short! But as match […]

CULTURAL EXCHANGE By Cameron Simpkins, 2IC B Coy of 51 FNQR

A mate of mine was the OC B Coy, 51 FNQR based in Wepia. Once a fortnight, the resupply Unimog left Cairns and drove the two or three days it took to get to Weipa. The truck had to traverse the Peninsula Development Road (PDR) as well as a couple of big rivers – the […]

THINGS TO GO ‘BANG’ IN THE NIGHT By Dean Cooke, 4 RAR/NZ

We were having our evening Aussie ration meal when a dull bang pierced the air on dusk. Of course, with everyone being new chums and feeling a little tense, it gave us quite a start. Macka McClymont had forgotten about a small tin of cheese he’d placed on his hexy stove, resulting in the tin […]

ECHO AND THE THOUGHT POLICE By Kim Hart, 4 RAR (CDO)

It was with dread that we lippy jubes learnt that we would be having chockos from 1 CDO attached for our deployment. Fortunately we discovered that some of them were good value. Echo was born, raised and lived his entire life in Darlinghurst. He was always an odd fellow. However, one incident took the cake […]

THE GOOSE WITH THE GOLDEN EGG By Stephen Harris, C Coy 2 RAR RCB 1997

During a RCB rotation with C Coy 2 RAR we had conducted the usual round of training that was always organised, more so to ensure that we were all busy and kept ourselves out of trouble… not that it ever succeeded in all my trips. I was attached to C Coy as a section commander […]