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TRANSITION TO CIVVY STREET
Army August 29, 2013
By Bob Dikkenberg
SAY AGAIN, OVER
If you can think of a clever
caption for the picture at
left, email captioncomp@
“caption comp August 29”
as the subject. Keep entries
under 25 words and include
your name, rank and unit.
“He had better have his blue
book on him, otherwise I’m
going to have to send him
back to get it.”
Cpl Eddie Parsons
1 Sig Regt
The Lost Battlefield of
By Brian Freeman
MacMillan 2012. RRP: $32.99
Reviewer: Sgt Dave Morley
FORMER special forces captain
Brian Freeman left the Army in
2000 and set himself up leading
adventure tours and running treks
on the Kokoda Track.
He got to know the Kokoda
locals pretty well, employed a few
as guides and porters, and eventually
gained their trust.
Finally, they revealed to him a
lost battlefield near Eora Creek. A
from the main track
and accessible only
by the few inhabit-
ants on whose land
it was sited.
the scene of a short,
sharp and bloody
battle in 1942,
became an obsession for him.
He wanted only for the traditional
owners of the land to benefit from it,
even at the risk of his own business
The story tells of the difficulties
he had trying to raise official inter-
est in the battlefield, and how the
governments of Australia and PNG
initially brushed him aside wanting
nothing to do with it.
In getting the reader to where
he gained the local peoples’ trust,
Freeman outlines his own military
He tells of his panic when he sent
a hurried email to his girlfriend in
Defence asking her out for lunch,
but the email went to then-CDF Gen
Peter Cosgrove instead.
Details of the initial 1942 battle
and how the battlefield became lost
is also well outlined.
This book is a must-read for any-
one with an interest in Australian
Author reveals knowledge gained from years on the track
Defence Charity Ball
TICKETS are now on sale for the
Defence Charity Ball to be held on
Saturday, September 7 at the Brisbane
Convention and Exhibition Centre.
Highlights of the evening include ADF
technology displays, Air Force trainee
military working dogs, music by the Army
and Navy bands, and special auction
items. A range of entertainment acts
will feature, including comedy magician
Matt Hollywood, the Faulty Towers Team,
Aerial Angels, John Holland Paparazzi
Walk, the Defence Bank High Rollers
Casino and celebrity MC Catriona
For more details and to purchase tickets, go to
THE Military Christian Fellowship of
Australia is holding its annual seminar
on September 7 at Russell Offices. This
year’s theme is “Strength and Courage”.
The seminar’s key-note speakers include
CDF Gen David Hurley, NSW Police
Commissioner Andrew Scipioni, Head
Navy Capability RAdm Mark Campbell,
CEO Bible Society Dr Greg Clarke and
former Olympic swimmer Elka Whalan.
The seminar follows the Defence
Christian’s dinner on September 6. This
year’s dinner theme is “Christian confi-
dence in a sceptical age” with Dr Clarke
the key-note speaker. The MCF Seminar
is open to anyone associated with the
For more information, details or bookings
for either the dinner or seminar, contact Lisa
Thomas on (02) 6266 4950 or email mcf.
firstname.lastname@example.org, or go to the MCF
website at www.mcf-a .org.au
Officers spring ball
The Sydney Military Officers Spring
Ball will be held at Victoria Barracks on
September 7 from 7.30pm. The ball has
a carnival theme, and includes sideshow
games and dodgem cars. Legacy is the
charity of choice. For more information,
contact Maj Kane Dalton, Capt Ruby
Deans or Capt Chris Condello.
More information and tickets are available online
at www.sydneymilitaryofficersspringball.com or
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