Army Days


Kapooka -  A Troop, 1st Training Battallion - 1964

My first pair of army boots, complete with hobnails to try & make them last the 12 weeks of bootcamp.

Alex Elliot, Graham Woodward & Les Kurylowicz at Wacol. "Those steel helmets are heavy"

105mm L5 Pack Howitzers.

At maximum angle of elevation.

Stripped, one at rear in anti tank position.

Gunner O'Brien? holding a 105mm HE shell ready for loading.

Gun in full recoil after firing.

Cleaning the barrel at the end of the day.

Gun dug in & camouflaged, text book style.

101 Field Battery dug in & camouflaged.

Fun & games in the field.
Photo & names of:
'A" Company
1 R.T.B. KAPOOKA

June 1964

* A Howitzer is capable of raising its barrel to a much higher angle of elevation than a standard field gun, almost as much as a mortar, thus making it ideal for use in close quarter firing in hilly or mountainess terrain.
Whilst I believe in having a strong defense force to guard against invasion or terrorist attack, I am most definitely against war for any of the other immoral reasons that seem to happening at the present time. The little poem by Henry Lawson called The Route March, says it all, or (WW1) Nursery Rhyme by Furnley Maurice and Unless We All Recoil, written prior to Bush's invasion of Iraq, or Peabrain's Plan, which summarizes the whole fiasco.
This little poem, They Are Marching Still and Just Another Funeral were written recently in respect of all the Vietnam Veterans and Tunnel Rats in respect of the enormous courage shown by the Engineers in Vietnam and lately Afghanistan.
Another wonderful little army poem is Tommy, by Rudyard Kipling, about the British soldier in Queen Victorias time (Tommy being the abbreviation of Thomas Atkins, one of the names used on sample documents [like John Doe in the US], the reference to the Widows Dress relates to Queen Victoria).