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Cpl Max Bree looks into his crystal ball to read your future.
By Pte Codey Anderson
June 21 -- July 22
You miss out on a Queen's
Birthday award this year, just like
you missed out on an Australia Day
award. But you won't miss your
Subject Two course, held directly
after Talisman Sabre.
July 23 -- August 22
You will think yourself lucky scor-
ing the job of roleplaying a civil-
ian on Talisman Sabre. You then
spend three weeks contemplating
whether field pay and full nights of
sleep outweigh long stretches of
August 23 -- September 22
The delicious jack rations you take
on Talisman Sabre will run out ear-
lier than expected.
September 23 -- October 22
You will become secretly jealous of
diggers in rear echelon jobs. Those
soldiers who get to eat hot food
and don't have to dig pits. You'll still
call them "pogues" and talk to your
mates about how "soft" they are.
October 23 -- November 21
While cold and shivering on piquet
for the 12th night in a row, you con-
sider transferring out of your arms
corps but worry what your mates
November 22 -- December 21
Two weeks into your field time,
you'll have your first and only
shower. You feel fantastic, until you
put your dirty cams back on.
December 22 -- January 19
You get a break from hard rations
when you receive a delicious hot-
box. It's not really that delicious. In
fact, your mate's looks better.
January 20 -- February 18
You will wear cam cream every day
out field, because concealment of
soldiers is essential. Concealment
of vehicles will be another issue.
Most vehicles from your unit will be
easily seen sitting under cam nets
in a large, open grassy area.
February 19 -- March 20
During a long stretch on piquet,
you tally up all the field pay you're
receiving and wonder what you will
spend it on. Then you wonder what
you did with your field pay from the
last exercise... And the one before
March 21 -- April 19
You will be putting up cam nets this
month. Then taking them down.
And putting them back up. Stop
reading! You're moving again, get
those cam nets down.
April 20 -- May 20
You will wait in anticipation for "end
ex" to be called. And wait. And wait.
Until you realise your mate's pre-
diction was way off the mark.
You will leave Shoalwater Bay 12
days after Talisman Sabre ends.
Because they have to stagger con-
voys leaving the area, so as not to
clog the roads. Be grateful for the
extra field pay.
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The Last Great Australian
Author: Gordon Bass
Reviewer: Sgt Dave Morley
A LARGELY-unknown West
Australian adventurer who drove a
war-surplus Ford amphibious jeep
named 'Half-Safe' around the world
is celebrated in a new book by US
author Gordon Bass.
Northam-born Maj Ben Carlin,
who worked in Kalgoorlie gold mines
and coal mines in China before WWII,
joined the Indian Army as an engineer
officer in 1941.
At the end of the war he spotted a
Ford GPA vehicle and, to the amuse-
ment of his fellow sappers, decided
to modify one and drive it around the
He moved to the US, used his dis-
charge pay to buy a GPA at a govern-
ment auction for $901, and started work
With his new American wife
Elinore, a nurse he met in India during
the war, he made several attempts over
three years to cross the stormy Atlantic
Ocean, finally succeeding in mid-1950.
For the next eight years, Carlin
circumnavigated his way into the
Guinness Book of Records, but when
he returned to Australia expecting to be
hailed as a hero, he found he'd almost
Always short of cash, Carlin used
his charm, rather than money, to
accomplish his round the world jour-
ney, imposing on friends, friends of
friends, and sometimes total strangers,
to help him on his way with food,
accommodation, garage facilities and
gin.The author was inspired by a strong
family connection to Carlin, resulting
in a well-researched and detailed read.
Bass' grandfather, Robert, lived near
Carlin in Maryland in 1947, and helped
him install a radio in his jeep.
As a 14-year-old boy, his father
George helped Carlin by passing him
tools and holding nuts and bolts for him
as he worked on the cabin of the jeep.
Half-Safe is now on display in a
specially-made glass enclosure at the
main campus of Guildford Grammar in
Perth, Carlin's former school.
The book is well worth a read.
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