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On Thursday April 18th we had two more special than usual visitors to the Museum.

Ian “Bagzar” Stiles was with the Australian SASR with two tours in South Vietnam. The first in 1966-67 and the second in 1969-70.  Ian also served in the Rhodesian SAS during the “bush wars” 1974-75. He is one of the “SAS legends” and is well written up in histories on the SAS.

Our other guest was Mr. Vo Xuan Thu. Born in Danang in 1950 and now living in Vung Tau.

Mr. Thu is an NVA veteran who served with the 33rd NVA Regiment.

It was the 33rd NVA Regiment that 5RAR was up against in the Battle of Bihn Ba, the 50th anniversary of which is on the 6-8th of June 2019.

 

The February 2019 Sunset Concert Spectacular was another huge success

As usual there was an interesting program of music presented in a most professional and entertaining manner.

The evening was a credit to the musicians from the Australian Army Band Perth, the Royal Australian Navy Band WA as well as the massed Pipes and Drums from the Australian Army Band Perth; 51 ACU Swan Regiment Drums and Pipes and the Presbyterian Ladies’ Pipe Band.

The entrance of the massed Pipes and Drums always causes a stir and is very colourful.

There was a fly-by with five aircraft in formation. We had a Bushmaster make an appearance as well as the grand entrance of our own M113A.

  

  

   

 

   

  

  

 

 

The Len Hall – Dockers football match will be held on Saturday April 27th as part of our ANZAC Day commemoration.

Over the years since the Australian Army Museum of WA has had a relationship with the Fremantle Football Club (The Dockers), it has primarily been a fundraising activity for the benefit of the museum with AAMWA volunteers (and their family and friends), “rattling tins” outside the football stadium prior to the game.

This football game for the Dockers is an ANZAC Day commemorative event that they have called “The Len Hall Game” (Len Hall being the last 1st AIF 10th Light Horse Regiment veteran). It is therefore held the closest Saturday to ANZAC Day.

While the museum volunteers look after the fundraising, the museum Army staff, especially the Museum Manager, Major Henry Fijolek, arrange the Australian Defence Force (ADF) pre-game ceremonial support. This comprises an Honour Guard of some 30 soldiers, a guard commander,  a senior ADF officer to take the salute, a bugler (for the Last Post), a singer (for the National Anthem) and 4 cadets (for the flag guards).

The Army staff have also been asked over the years to provide Australian military history guidance to support annual special military anniversaries that the Dockers have chosen to commemorate.