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Australian troops fought in many battles and in many campaigns during WW2, in Africa, Greece, Crete,  Papua New Guinea, Borneo, Bougainville and so the list goes on.

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The men in jungle green marched on down the sunny street. The tall men and the short men, the slender men and the robust men swung on their way with the quiet, assured air that only soldiers have who have learned to be soldiers by meeting the enemy in battle. 

Joe and the cove behind him and Blue and the bloke with the scar on his jaw and the thousands like them who marched. These are the Australian Soldier, not one man but thousands of men, the vulgar and the fastidious, the quiet and the rowdy, the rough and the gentle. They know battle. They know the dirt and the misery, the courage and the comradeship, the weariness and the deep sleep. 

They learned about these things in the Desert and in Greece, in Crete and in Syria, in besieged Tobruk and on the bloody sands of El Alamein. They met them, again in New Guinea, in the evil green of the jungle, where a snapping twig means danger and a careless step might mean death.

They will march on, these men, and some of them will die on other battlefields, and sickness and wounds will take many of them out of the battle line, and some will still live when peace returns to the world, but the Australian Soldier will be in the line at the last as he was in the line at the first.

For though these men are part of the Australian Soldier he is more enduring than any of these men alone and he will live when they are dust-the thing they created that is bigger than themselves.


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Snow in the desert

Syria. 1941-12. Two members of the 6th Division Cavalry Regiment training in the snow in the Baalbek valley. Corporal E.B. Quirk and Trooper H.R. Law examine a Boyes anti-tank rifle in the bitter Syrian weather.

In the jungles of PNG

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