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Official Communiqué, 11th November 1918 


ELEVEN o’clock today, November 11,troops will stand fast on the positions reached at the hour named.  The line of outposts will be established, and reported to Army Headquarters.  

The remainder of the troops will be collected to meet any emergency.  All military precautions will be preserved, there will be no communication with the enemy.  

Further instructions will be issued.  



  • Remembrance Day
    • 11 November
  • The Great War finally ended at 11am on the 11th day of the 11th month 1918. The Empire decided to create a day of significance. Originally it was called Armistice Day. It is now called Remembrance Day. Some people call it Poppy Day as the poppy is linked with the slaughter and sacrifice of the trenches of France and Flanders. In America it is called Veteran's Day.
  • It is usual to stop for a minutes silence at 11 am.
  • ANZAC Day
    • 25 April
  • This day is set aside in Australia and New Zealand to celebrate the courage and sacrifice of all service personnel, particularly the service of the men of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps who landed on the bloody beaches of Anzac Cove at dawn on 25 April 1915 at a place with a strange name that is now part of the Australian language; Gallipoli.
  • It is usual to have a Dawn Service and a march of former service men and women.
  • Kapyong Day
    • 24 April


  • Kapyong Day is the day chosen to remember the service of the men and women of 3 services who served during the Korean War.
  • Kapyong is the name of a famous battle of the Korean War where the Third Battalion of the Royal Australian Regiment and a Canadian unit and a USA Artillery unit stood firm against the onrushing victory flushed hordes of the Chinese army and fought them to a standstill, buying vital time for other units to regroup. It was a turning point.
  • Long Tan Day
    • 18 August


  • Also called "Viet Nam Veterans Day".
  • This day has been chosen as the day to recognise the service of the men and women who served their country in the war that caused more controversy than any other in our history. The Viet Nam war was initially supported by the population but the realisation that we were being stopped from winning by American policy and a growing anti-war movement changed the political scene.
  • Long Tan was a rubber plantation near the Australian Base at Nui Dat where a clash between Delta Company of 6 Battalion The Royal Australian Regiment (D/6RAR) and a large force of Viet Cong and North Vietnamese Army regulars became the best known of the battles, involving Australians, of that war. 
  • 8th May (1945)
  • V-E day (Victory in Europe).
  • 15 August (1945)
  • V-J Day (Victory over Japan)
  • Battalion Birthdays

Royal Australian Regt

23 November
1 RAR 12 October
2 RAR 16 October
3 RAR 20 October
4 RAR 1 February
5 RAR 1 March
6 RAR 6 June (6th of the 6th)
7 RAR 1 September
8 RAR 8 August (8th of the 8th)
9 RAR 13 November
2/4 RAR 15 August
5/7 RAR 3 December
8/9 RAR 31 October
Other Corps and Unit birthdays

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Australian Intelligence Corps 6 December (1907)

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