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ANZAC 100 – Dardanelles, Kokoda and the Western Front

Date : 25 / 07 / 2015
Author : Jim Linton - VK3PC

The Kokoda Track campaign is remembered for how our diggers fought the enemy in the jungles of Papua New Guinea, and in doing so during WWII helped save Australia. Through VK100ANZAC on Monday July 27, Vince Henderson VK7VH of Hobart will commemorate the battle that claimed the lives of 625 Australians and wounded over 1,000 people.

In addition, VK100ANZAC will play short Kokoda Track veterans’ interviews. Meantime, the Eastern and Mountain District Radio Club is now using VI3ANZAC to also commemorate the Kokoda Track Battle. The Waverley Amateur Radio Society on Saturday August 1 commemorates the 2nd Australian Division Signals Company raised at Heliopolis, Cairo, with its No. 2 Section landing at the Dardanelles on August 20, 1915. It saw action in communications support of the Battle of Hill 60, the last major assault of the Gallipoli Campaign prior to the evacuation in December that year.

The 2nd Australian Division Signals Company also was on the Western Front in France and Belgium from 1916-1918. A descendant of the 2nd Australian Division Signals Company is based at Randwick in Sydney’s inner eastern Suburbs. The Waverley Amateur Radio Society from its Rose Bay Scout Hall club rooms will activate VK100ANZAC next Saturday August the 1st, until Wednesday 5th (UTC), on 40m, 20m, plus Echolink and D-STAR.

It starts with a message from The Honourable Malcolm Turnbull MP, Member for Wentworth and Minister for Communications.

Full details of the ANZAC 100 program can be found on the WIA website.


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