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    Dear All,

    The month of April includes a couple of anniversaries held dear by a military organisation and two Commonwealth countries (Australia and New Zealand).

    25 April is ANZAC Day, the date being selected as it commemorates the landing of ANZAC (Australian And New Zealand Army Corps) troops at Gallipoli in 1915 as part of the Dardanelles Campaign. Although the campaign ultimately failed (in no way due to the lack of effort and bravery of the ANZAC forces), the spirit and character of the Australian and New Zealand soldier was established on the world stage and lives on to this day.

    30 April is important to the French Foreign Legion as it is the anniversary of the Battle of Camaron where Captain Danjou and his two fellow officers and 62 men held off a vastly superior (in numbers) force of Mexican cavalry and infantry. Danjou was killed in the battle as were most of his command but so impressed was the Mexican commander that he allowed the surviving Legionnaires to leave with the body of their Captain and their weapons. Every 30 April the Legion remembers this battle as it defines the spirit of the Legion and Captain Danjou's false wooden hand is paraded in front of the assembled ranks at their HQ while those members of the Legion based elsewhere also remember the anniversary.

    Does anybody else know of any dates important to military units either current or disbanded that they would like to share? It is important to keep the deeds of such men (and women) alive.


    "Believe me, nothing except a battle lost can be half so melancholy as a battle won." - Duke of Wellington at Waterloo.

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    3rd Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment (3RAR) celebrates Kapyong Day on 24 April.

    This day is the anniversary of the Battle of Kapyong in Korea in 1951. 3RAR was an element of the 27th British Commonwealth Brigade at the time of the battle.

    3RAR was awarded the US Presidential Distinguished Unit Citation as a result of their actions in this battle. The citation was also awarded to 2nd Battalion, Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry and Company A, of the US 72nd Heavy Tank Battalion.
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