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Commando News December 2016

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REGISTERED BY AUSTRALIA POST PUBLICATION No PP100016240 AUSTRALIAN COMMANDO ASSOCIATION INC. LIFE PATRON: PATRON: PRESIDENT: VICE PRESIDENT: SECRETARY: TREASURER: ACA VICTORIA PRESIDENT: ACA VICTORIA SECRETARY: ACA NSW PRESIDENT: NATIONAL OFFICE BEARERS Gen Sir Phillip Bennett AC KBE DSO MajGen Tim McOwan AO DSC CSM MajGen Mike Clifford AM CSC Col Brett Chaloner Maj Steve Pilmore OAM RFD (Ret’d) Maj Bruce O’Connor OAM (Ret’d) Capt Marc Preston Glenn MacDonald Barry Grant ACA NSW Ted Hartley - 0408 647 237 SECRETARY: ted.hartley1948@hotmail.com ACA QLD PRESIDENT: ACA QLD SECRETARY: PUBLIC OFFICER: Nick Hill Tony Mills Brian Liddy CONTENTS NSW President & Editor’s Report .....................3 NSW Welfare Officer’s Report ..........................5 From the Prolific Pen of Harry Bell....................7 Sitrep on MV Krait .............................................9 Vale: George Sobbinow ..................................10 Letter from the National Website Creator & Administator .............................13 1 Cdo Company Sydney Reflections ..............17 Unit Presentation & Traralgon Visit.................19 The Inaugural Wilson’s Prom 100k Commando Run ................................21 Honouring Jim Walker.....................................23 Significant Commando Dates .........................25 Secret German WW2 Code Machine found on eBay............................................27 Book Review: The Duest of Uruzgan ..............29 Aust Cdo Assn QLD ........................................32 Aust Cdo Assn VIC ..........................................41 Membership Application/Renewal..................51 State Incorporated Branches ..........................52 Deadline for next edition: WEDNESDAY, 15 TH MARCH 2017 All news on members and interesting articles accepted. (Subject to editors’ approval.) Barry G EDITORS: Barry Grant Barbara Pittaway The Australian Commando Association’s membership consists of Servicemen who have served with Independent Companies, Commando Squadrons, "M" and "Z" Special units and Special Forces during and since the Second World War. DISCLAIMER: Opinions expressed within this publication are those of the authors, and are not necessarily those of the Editor, Publisher, Committee Members or Members of our Association. We welcome any input as long as it is not offensive or abusive but if any member has a problem with a printed article we would like to be informed in order that the author may be contacted. We do encourage your opinion. AUSTRALIAN COMMANDO ASSN INC. Registered by Australia Post ~ Publication No PP100016240 Edition 9 ~ December 2016 Official Publishers: Statewide Publishing P/L ABN 65 116 985 187 PO BOX 682, SURFERS PARADISE QLD 4217 PHONE: 0432 042 060 EMAIL: statepub@bigpond.net.au Printed by Galloping Press 138 Bonds Road, Riverwood NSW 2210 PHONE: 9584 7690 This cross is situated near the front door of the Chapel at Holsworthy Army Base. It is made from some very significant items of WW2. Inscription below reads… THE CROSS FORMED FROM SLEEPERS RECOVERED FROM THE BURMA-THAILAND RAILWAY AND THESE STONES GATHERED FROM CHANGI GAOL IN SINGAPORE SYMBOLISE THE SACRIFICE OF SOLDIERS OF 8TH DIVISION SIGNAL WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES FOR THEIR COUNTRY. LEST WE FORGET Front Cover: This cross is situated near the front door of the Chapel at Holsworthy Army Base. It is made from some very significant items of WW2. COMMANDO NEWS ~ Edition 9 I December 2016 1

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