A Sailor in a Soldier’s Battle: A Crimean War VC in Australia
In response to the stories of Crimean War battles like those of the Battle of Inkerman, Queen Victoria demanded a brand-new award to be the ultimate recognition for outstanding acts of valour. The medal was named for her - the Victoria Cross (VC). One hundred and eleven VCs were awarded during the war, 15 to those who fought at Inkerman on 5 November.

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