The Interior Bas Reliefs

 

On the marble walls of the interior are bas relief panels depicting personnel from the Army, the Navy, the Air Force and the Army Medical Corps. Note that these are the descriptions of the subject matter of the bas reliefs as described in The Book of the Anzac Memorial (1934). Although Australia sent aviators to the Great War most served in the Australian Flying Corps, a branch of the Australian Imperial Force while others served in the Royal Flying Corps and the Royal Naval Air Service, part of the British Army and Navy. Australia did not have an independent Air Force as a branch service until 1921.

These panels depict men and a woman in uniform resting or mourning fallen comrades. Behind them march the souls of the departed, known as the March of the Dead.

On this day

On this day
30 January

1942 — Japanese troops attacked AMBON, Netherlands East Indies, (Indonesia). Australian troops of “Gull Force” and about 2,600 NEI soldiers tried to defend the island but were defeated

1951 — Women’s Royal Australian Air Force formed

1968 — The TET OFFENSIVE began in Vietnam. A series of co-ordinated attacks by communist forces were defeated but the Offensive proved to be a propaganda  victory for the communists, accelerating the American public’s growing opposition to the war. Australian troops of 2nd, 3rd, and 7th Battalions, Royal Australian Regiment were involved in the Offensive