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Francis Adrian Roberts – Home

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Francis Adrian Roberts – Long Tan – Part 2

Francis Adrian Roberts – Long Tan – Part 1

Francis Adrian Roberts – Minefield

Francis Adrian Roberts – Instinct and situational awareness

Francis Adrian Roberts – Reflections on the Second World War

Alastair Bridges – Returning home

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Alastair Bridges – SAS insertions

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Alastair Bridges – Helicopter training

Alastair Bridges – Motivation to join the Air Force

Patrick O'Hara – Reflections on service

Patrick O'Hara – Fear and Apprehension

Patrick O'Hara – Sleepwalking

Patrick O'Hara – First Impressions

Patrick O'Hara – Support at home

Patrick O'Hara – Life at Puckapunyal

Patrick O'Hara – Arrival at Puckapunyal

Patrick O'Hara – Birthday Ballot

Patrick O'Hara – Reflections on being called up

Rats of Tobruk

Rats of Tobruk Transcript

Arrival in Tobruk

Bob Semple

We were shipped in to the place. I personally went in and we shall ever be grateful to our Navy. The destroyers and those ships that supported and kept us alive because without the Navy we would not have seen out the distance.

Hautrie Crick

Ten o’clock at night we got in to Tobruk and all we did was just, the trucks pulled up and we jumped off and all we did was just sort off dug a little depression in the ground and laid a groundsheet on the ground and laid on that until the morning. And woke up in the morning and we were half buried in sand. There’d been a storm through the night. The way the sand drifts over there, it just travels,and we were just pushing the sand like that to get up in the morning.

Living Conditions

Bob Semple

One bottle of water for all purposes. No trees and you are just out in the bare sunlight. Scrubby stuff a bit like sort of saltbush around the area. Can get cold at night, it can be 45 degrees [during the day] you know, or more sometimes, the sandstorms come up and they just shut down the book for two or three days at a time, or a couple of days anyhow. Just like pulling the blind down from sky to land,and they’re vicious sort of things come up out of the desert.

Hautrie Crick

Well the water used to be bought up in petrol drums that were emptied that day or whatever and the water used to taste like bloody petrol. And that’s all we used to have to drink, and do a bit of a wash and a shave and that. Oh it was shocking.

Jack Caple

You put about that much water in (holds up tin cup), do your teeth, then shave, and your hands and face, and that for three weeks. And when you came off the red line you’d get down to the blue line and nick down to the beach and have a wash up Of a night time the truck would come up with our dinner and these are our dixies. You’d use that for bully beef stew (holds up Dixie tin), and that one (holds up smaller dixie tin) for prunes and rice – that was your sweets. And two buckets of water. One was supposed to be hot, and one’s cold. And no teatowel. That’s about the size of a tin of bully beef (holds up tinned meat), and we were sharing three of those between three men for lunch for a long time. The rations were pretty scarce.

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