?

Log in

No account? Create an account

Previous Entry | Next Entry

Anzac Day 2007

But that effort stands. The meaner struggles of politics cannot erase one tittle from the story of that terrible but more generous struggle in the holly scrub of Gallipoli or under the rain-clouds of France or the glare of Sinai.

Twenty-three years ago the arms were handed in. The rifles were locked in the rack. The horses were sold. The guns were sheeted and parked in storage for other gunners. The familiar faded-green uniform disappeared from the streets.

But the Australian Imperial Force is not dead. That famous army of generous men marches still down the long lane of its country's history, with bands playing and rifles slung, with packs on shoulders, white dust on boots, and bayonet scabbards and entrenching tools flapping on countless thighs, as the French countryfolk and the fellaheen of Egypt knew it.

What these men did nothing can alter now. The good and the bad, the greatness and smallness of their story will stand. Whatever of glory it contains nothing now can lessen. It rises, as it will always rise, above the mists of ages, a monument to great-hearted men; and, for their nation, a possession for ever.

Bean VI:1096

Comments

( 1 comment — Leave a comment )
(Anonymous)
25th Apr, 2007 13:49 (UTC)
bulldog road
hi,

I am gathering together some research on the 2/16th work on the bulldog road in PNG during WWII. You mentioned on one of your postings you were writing a chapter on this in your thesis or book?

I couldnt work out how to get in touch with you from this page - could you possibly e-mail me?

regards,
Roger
rhawkins@dodo.com.au
( 1 comment — Leave a comment )