The Anzac Memorial was created by the people of New South Wales as a place to remember the impact of the Great War (1914 – 1918). Although the Memorial did not open until 1934 the need for the Memorial was recognised as soon as the casualty figures from the 1915 Gallipoli campaign became public knowledge. Planning for a Memorial of some kind began with the establishment of a fund on the first anniversary of the landing at Gallipoli in 1916.


On this day
13 February

1945 — Australian Lancaster squadrons took part in a devastating raid on Dresden

1946 — Troops of 34th Australian Infantry Brigade disembarked at KURE, Japan, as part of the British Commonwealth Occupation Force (BCOF). About 16,000 Australians were involved in the BCOF, primarily to enforce the terms of the  Japanese surrender. The Australian area of responsibility included HIROSHIMA.

1972 — The RAAF ceased flying in Vietnam. The last unit was 35 Squadron flying Caribou transport planes