Preserving Our Proud Heritage: The Customs and Traditions of the Australian Army

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Big Sky Publishing Pty, Limited, Nov 18, 2020 - Australia - 396 pages
The Australian Army's customs and traditions represent the symbols and substance of much of our national character, adopted from Army's forebears and developed since 1901 to where we are today. In the form of the 'Rising Sun', these traditions shape Army's institutional values and to an extent its collective personality, which provides - along with serving members both past and present - the Army's beating heart. Army's foundations, exhibited through its customs and traditions, will ensure it continues to draw the pride and respect of the nation.

Much can be learnt from the past and Army constantly draws on the importance of its comparatively young but rich history. These origins have provided the forms for its badges, insignia and symbols of office; the way Army demonstrates respect for the past through formal functions and dinners, the way it addresses its people and the way they wear their uniform. These tangible links to Army's past, like the weft and warp of a rich historical tapestry, set it up well for its future. Just as Army respects its past, it and its people will respect it today and tomorrow.

This is a thoroughly researched and beautifully presented full colour edition of Preserving Our Proud Heritage: Customs and Traditions of the Australian Army.

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About the author (2020)

Leslie Irvin (Les) Terrett was born on the 8th April 1957, in Myrtleford, Victoria where he completed his secondary education. He undertook his tertiary education at Melbourne University. He enlisted into the Australian Regular Army in 1975 and during a successful career in logistics spanning 32 years, achieved the rank of Major. Transferring to the Army Reserve in 2007, he is now posted to the Australian Army History Unit working as a Project Officer with a focus on Oral History and Customs and Traditions. Les saw active service in Iraq as part of the Coalition Forces in 2003-2004. His family has a long history of military service for Australia, with members having served in the 2nd Boer War, WWI (Gallipoli, Pozieres, Menin Road, Passchendaele, Hangard Wood, Villers-Bretonneux), WWII (Europe and Pacific), Korea, Vietnam and East Timor. Les is proud to have been a Legacy boy. In his civilian career, Les works as a Senior Consultant to Government and lives in North Eastern Victoria.

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