Interesting Questions, Facts and Information
- There are a total of 15 general entries.
Interesting Questions, Facts, and Information
North Atlantic Treaty Organisation.
patrolling in the jungle.
Kapooka. The camp is a very large centre used mainly for basic training.
|When the midget submarines A14, A21 and M24 did not return to the mother submarines I-22, I-24 and I-27 on 31 May 1942 after attacking Sydney Harbour, how did Captain Hanabusa of I-24 react?||Australian Military (General)
He shelled the Eastern Suburbs of Sydney. Nobody was injured by the shelling but it bought the reality of the war very close to home for a lot of Sydneysiders. M-24 was located in 2006 off the northern beaches of Sydney. A long held mystery was at last solved.
|A fort was built on Pinchgut Island, just off the Sydney Opera House, in the early days of the settlement in Botany Bay. Who was this to deter?||Australian Military (General)
Russia. After the fear of invasion ebbed the island was used as an isolation prison for the worst convicts. It is open to the public and has small vessels taking tours daily.
John Gorton. His face showed the obvious effects of the accident. After a vote to retain the leadership, which he won by just a few votes, Gorton voted himself down. He felt with such a narrow support he could not govern.
A rear echelon troop. Pongos were treated with contempt because they got the best food and accommodation without any of the hardships. This is common in most armies, sadly.
Melbourne. All of the names in the question are actual towns or cities in Australia. The Melbourne sank 2 of its escort destroyers in its career. One was the USS Evans. It was cynically called the Australian Submarine Launcher after these 2 unfortunate incidents. The Australian navy has not had a new carrier since the Melbourne was decommissioned. It now concentrates on missile frigates and submarines.
Sergeant. The rank of Warrant officer is sometimes wrongly described as the highest "non-commissioned rank". He is designated an Officer by Warrant (hence the name), rather than by Commission or by virtue of seniority (in the case of NCOs), so actually he is neither "Commissioned" nor "Non-Commissioned". The Sergeant is the Senior Non Commissioned Officer in the Army (hence the abbreviated term SNCO) and included Staff Sergeants before this rank disappeared.
Perth. Two Blackhawk Helicopters collided on a training flight several years ago and about a dozen SAS soldiers died.
Self Loading Rifle. Much heavier rifle than the M16 used by the US troops but this was an advantage in close quarter combat using the heavy butt as a battering weapon.