Jack Olsson - The Spirit of Anzac

Running time
55 sec
Date made
Department of Veterans' Affairs


I can remember going off to Anzac Day to see my father marching with his battalion for many, many years.

I think that's what caused my brother and myself to join the army after we got out of school. We were only sixteen when we got the leaving certificate. We couldn't get into the army quick enough.

In those days the infantry was the only unit that was available to us in the St. George area and we both became infanteers learning how to do all the tricks that the engineers got up to, bayonet fighting. It was great fun. It's awful isn't it?

And that was what young people, they get the spirit of Anzac and I can remember that's just what we wanted to do, we wanted to get into the army.

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