Corner figures

Four standing figures adorn the highest corners of the Anzac Memorial building. They represent each of the four branches of Australian service during the Great War: the naval commander represents the Royal Australian Navy (facing south-east); the infantry lieutenant the Australian Imperial Expeditionary Force (facing north-east), the matron the Australian Army Nursing Service (facing north-west); and the air force officer the Australian Flying Corps (facing south-west)

 

 

On this day

On this day
21 January

1941 — Australian 6th Division troops began the attack on the well-fortified port city of TOBRUK, Libya. HMA Ships STUART, VAMPIRE, and VOYAGER were also involved in the attack

1942 — Japanese submarine I-124 was sunk by HMAS DELORAINE in the Arafura Sea. I-124 had been engaged in mine-laying and shipping attacks.  LCDR D Menlove was awarded a Distinguished Service Order for gallantry as CO of DELORAINE. This was the first warship of the Japanese Navy to fall victim to the RAN in the Second World War

1965 — The Malaysian Government made a direct request for assistance during the INDONESIAN CONFRONTATION. The Australian Government agreed and 3 RAR was subsequently deployed