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"I cannot surrender. I am in command of Australians who would cut my throat if I did."
British Colonel Charles Hore, Battle of Elands River, Second Boer War

The Australian Defence Force is Australia's military. At about 100,000 personnel (full-time and reservists), it is the largest military in Oceania note , but still smaller than most of the Asian military forces.

It makes up for this in being rather technologically sophisticated and more highly trained than most conventional forces... in addition to not pissing off anyone so badly they end up fighting another army. It also comes from a land that is situated rather inconveniently for invasion.

If you want to tell an Australian soldier at a glance in most media depictions, look at their head gear. Namely, if they are jauntily wearing a wide brim 'slouch' hat, maybe with one side of the brim neatly pinned up, they're a 'Digger'; an Aussie soldier (i.e. not Air Force or Navy). Similarly, for many years, the Aussie "jellybean" camouflage colour scheme was instantly recognisable once you knew what to look fornote , although that's now been replaced by a domestic variant of the Multi-Cam pattern.

Australian Defence Force

Without getting into too much detail, the Australian Defence Force (ADF) generally refers to the uniformed services which makes up half of the Australian Defence Organisation; the other half being the Department of Defence which provides the bureaucratic backbone. Besides the Governor-General (representing the reigning British monarch who is ultimately Australia's head of state and commander-in-chief) and the Australian government; the professional head of the ADF is the Chief of the Defence Force (4 stars). Under that are the Vice Chief of the Defence Force, service heads (Army, Navy and Air Force), Chief of Joint Operations and Chief of Joint Capabilities (all 3 stars).

Australian Army Affectionately known as "Diggers" from their experiences at Gallipoli during World War I. Like Canada, it was mostly British garrisons which defended Australia during its colonial era alongside locally raised militias, some of which ended up serving abroad in New Zealand, Crimea and Sudan. The historiography of Australia's own frontier conflict is controversial. Eventually Britain withdrew its troops in the mid 19th century; leading the pre-Federation colonies to raise professional forces under the tutelage of British officers. By the time of theSecond Boer War and the Boxer Rebellion, the Australian colonial governments sent their own regular contingents to support the British. Once Federation occurred in 1901, the colonial forces amalgamated into the first true Australian army.

In recent years, the Army made global headlines for its strong sense of accountability and the direct manner it addresses scandals. For instance, in response to serious allegations of sexism, Lieutenant General David Morrison released a video bluntly telling soldiers to get out if they didn't want to treat all colleagues equally. When war crime accusations from the War on Terror became public, a lengthy investigation took place and concluded with recommendations for criminal prosecution and an entire unit being struck from the Order of Battle so there'd be a noticeable gap in records and people would know the shame that occurred. After further inquiries, it was found that there was insufficient evidence for the accusations to be referred to investigators and the soldiers in question were officially cleared of any wrongdoing and given a public apology by the Defence Minister. The whole (questionable) process, however, has caused fractures in the confidence of line troops (especially the Special Forces) in the capability of the current military leadership, the effects of which have included a significant number of special forces reportedly contemplating retirement from military service.

Royal Australian Navy

Royal Australian Air Force Referred to as the "R Double-A F", for years made do with small numbers and outdated equipment. For a while, it was the world's only operator of the F-111 Aardvark years after the US Air Force retired it. The bulk of its fleet is currently made up of aging F/A-18 Hornets, supplemented by a number of secondhand Super Hornets purchased as a stopgap due to delays with the F-35. In 2014, the RAAF finally began fielding the F-35A variant, with plans to eventually field at least 100 of the fighters. As of 2021, the replace of legacy FA-18A/B models by the F-35A is well underway with approximately half the fleet replaced. This is supplemented by the FA-18F Super Hornets and EA-18G Prowlers already in service.

Aussie Equipment

  • Australia's main rifle is a local version of the futuristic looking (but dating from the 1970s) Steyr AUG, originally from Austria, and the standard ADF sidearm is the FN Browning Hi-Power. The F88 Austeyr has been, since 2015, been superseded by the Lithgow F90 which is now a very distinct weapon from its Austrian-created ancestor, having been wholly designed and built in Australia paired with specifically designed ammunition also locally produced.
    • Prior to the Steyr, they used a local version of the FN FAL which they liked very much and preferred over the M16. It was used to devastating effect during Vietnam (the SASR went one step further, cutting down the barrels and converting it to fire full-auto by inserting a matchstick into the firing mechanism, nicknaming them "The Bitch").
  • The main light machine guns they use are the F89 Light Support Weapon (a licensed version of the FN Minimi, distinguishable from the FN version by its scope, complete lack of iron sights and having the longer FN MAG Flash suppressor on the end) and the MAG 58 (a licensed version of the FN MAG, with which the aussies have developed a novel way of firing on the move by using the left bipod leg as a foregrip while its still folded down) as for sniper rifles they use the SR-98 and AW50F (the AW and AW50 respectively, both have folding stocks and the AW50F further differs from the standard AW50 by having a madco barrel, which makes the AW50F look like a miniature Howitzer)
  • For anti-armour purposes they use M72 LAW disposable rocket launchers, Carl-Gustav Recoilless Rifles and have recently acquired 92 FGM-148 Javelin launchers.
  • The vehicles they use include the military version of the Mercedes Benz G Wagon in a variety of variants for general non-combat use; the Thales Hawkei Light Armoured Patrol Vehicle in a variety of variants for combat and near-combat situations (both the G Wagon and Hawkei replacing all Land Rover vehicles previously used by the ADF); the ASLAV (a local version of the LAV-25 with some modifications for it to better handle the conditions of Australia) to be replaced by the Rheinmetall Boxer 8x8 CRV; and the locally made Bushmaster IMV (an armoured, mine-protected vehicle designed for operations in northern Australia, with enough supplies (fuel, rations, water, etc) for 9 soldiers and their equipment to stay out there for 3 days, garnering particular acclaim (especially from the Dutch) in Afghanistan due to its survivability against insurgent attacks). Australian armoured vehicles are unique in that they feature equipment that isn't normally found in similar vehicles (for example a cool water drinking system and air conditioning). The ADF operates 59 M1A1 Abrams tanks purchased from the US, which replaced the previous Leopard 1 MBTs. These are set to be replaced by 75 of the latest M1A2 SEPv3 models (along with a complement of specialist combat support models based on the same hull) sometime in the early-to-mid 2020s.
  • As for helicopters, the Army uses the Eurocopter Tiger, the Blackhawk, the Chinook and MRH-90, while the Navy uses MH-60R Seahawks for all shipboard operations. As of 2021, it has been confirmed that the Tiger will be replaced in service from 2025 by the AH-64E Apache Guardian in the attack helicopter role.

  • It also has a fairly capable Navy, with the Collins class being one of the most effective conventional sub types in the world, in spite of rampant criticism and mockery when first introduced, because frankly, they didn't work. The Australian surface fleet is mainly comprised of frigates, including 1 Adelaide-class frigate and 8 ANZAC-class frigates. Australia has also acquired 3 Hobart-class Air Warfare destroyers (equipped with the American made Aegis combat system) and 2 Canberra-class amphibious assault ships.
  • Australia is notable for being the only export customer of the F-111 Aardvark bombers. These have been retired from service, with F-35s having been ordered to replace them and the F/A-18 Hornet. For transport and disaster relief they rely on the C-130 Hercules transport, C-17 Globemaster II Is and C-27J Spartan transport aircraft.
  • In addition the ADF has recently sought some interest in UA Vs, they were going to buy some Global Hawks but changed their minds, instead the army bought the Insitu Aerosonde and Elbit Systems Skylark while the air force borrowed a couple of IAI Herons from Canada on a long term lease

As noted in the above picture, the Australian Defence Force has its own SAS regiment (called the SASR) who are every bit as badass as the original SAS, if not more so (the Viet Cong nicknamed them "The Phantoms of the Jungle" for a reason: the service record of the Australian and New Zealand SAS regiments during Vietnam was, at minimum, 492 Viet Cong killed... with 5 SAS troopers lost, 3 of whom were to friendly fire). Also within the Special Forces community are Commandos (from 1 Cdo Rgt and 2 Cdo Rgt—note, 1st Commando is an Army Reserve unit... yes, we have part-time Special Forces soldiers), RAN Clearance Divers (kinda like Navy SEALs who also do underwater repairs), the 171st Aviation Squadron (who provide helicopter mobility and tactical transport in a similar manner to the American 160th SOAR), and the Incident Response Regiment (think Hazmat on steroids).

  • SAS troopers and Commandos are equipped with modified M4 carbines (designated M4A5), and depending on mission requirements will operate anything from Glocks, USPs, MP5s, Stoner SR-25s, shotguns, hatchets, crowbars... anything to get the job done.
  • In addition to their work within their parent units an SAS trooper, Commando, or Clearance Diver can expect to be rotated through a Tactical Assault Group at some stage of their career. These units, TAG East and TAG West, provide flexible and rapid counter-terror capabilities. For example, members of TAG East were activated to boost security at the 2000 Sydney Olympics and the 2007 APEC summit.
  • A lot of people don't realise what lengths the Australian special forces will go to to get the job done. For example in the early 1980s when the SAS was setting up their counter-terrorist capability they had no information on what the human body could tolerate as far as explosions, gas attacks, etc. Their response was to test it on themselves. Several tests involved setting off door-breaching explosives, while standing two meters away around a corner, that the army safety manual recommended be set off from a kilometer away. Another test involved a tear-gas round for outdoor riot control that was set off inside a bus. The gas was so thick inside the bus that the troopers couldn't see their hand held in front of them. It overwhelmed their gas masks (never mind the poor buggers who where playing hostages) and overwhelmed several of the troopers before one managed to break the windows. Another fun thing they did was stand among dummies while snipers shot live ammo at them. In the fifty-year history of the SAS around 40 troopers have been killed, only a couple of those have been due to enemy action. The rest were deaths during training.

Australian troops fought under the British flag in several 19th century conflicts back when Australia was still a collection of British colonies, including the Māori Wars in New Zealand, Sudan in the 1880s, the Boer War in South Africa and Boxer Rebellion in China during the late 1800s (both of which continued into the early 1900s, making them the first foreign wars in which Australian citizens fought).

Australian forces were involved in both World Wars on the Triple Entente side in World War I and the Allied side in World War II. Their most famous campaign of World War I was the failed Gallipoli Campaign in Turkey, although they also served on the Western Front in France and fought in the Middle East campaigns. Australia would later adopt the day of the Gallipoli landings (April 25) as their national day of remembrance, despite being a complete failure. In fact, the importance of ANZAC Day has risen to the point where it is the unofficial national holiday — Australia Day is generally seen as a time to have barbecues, watch fireworks, and watch cricket. In World War II they were deployed to North Africa (most famously as the "Rats of Tobruk") and later, Australian soil was directly threatened, necessitating the creation of militia who earned distinction in the Kokoda campaign, where 200 Aussie militia held back 1200 Japanese along an extremely muddy and long trail in Papua New Guinea.

The Australians were also involved in the Korean War and The Vietnam War (where they scared the Viet Cong and NVA shitless as they used the exact same guerrilla tactics, were so smart they avoided ambushes and traps and were very patient, persistent and stubborn), as well as the Malayan Emergency, the Gulf War, the American occupation of Afghanistan, and the Iraq War. They've also participated in UN peacekeeping pretty much everywhere you can think of, although rarely in large numbers (with the notable exception of East Timor, where they were instrumental in ending the Indonesian occupation and stabilising the country). During the Cold War, the Ikara anti-submarine missile was developed and built in Australia for the RAN.

Australian forces are mainly designed for intervention in local failed states, needing foreign support to go significantly further afield.

Fun Facts

Somewhat amusingly, at least to some Australians, there have been claims circulating for quite some time that in the event of an invasion, the Australian Defense Force would only attempt to defend a relatively tiny portion of the country including Sydney, Canberra and Melbourne. Some older North Queenslanders still express bitterness over the WW2 'Brisbane Line' plan, which would have ceded their region (much of the northeastern quadrant of the country) to the Japanese in the event of invasion — it remains a parochial symbol of "big city" Brisbaneites neglecting their northern brethren. (Meanwhile, the north-west of Australia, which is probably the most vulnerable to invasion due to the terrain and ideal beaches for landing an army, totals an area of 1.6 million square kilometres, and is defended by a single regiment — sacrificing the north or the far west to buy time may be the 'least worst' option under grim hypothetical circumstances.)

  • Not just North Queenslanders. The Brisbane Line plan gave up Brisbane as well. And Queenslanders actually hold this against all southerners.
    • That, and the whole Rugby League thing...
  • It's worse than Russia. Invade Russia and you can keep marching until you freeze to death or march right back the way you came. Invade North West Australia and you can keep marching until you die of heatstroke... or swim home. Past the Australian sea life. See you in hell!
    • It is exactly like Russia. Sacrificing Western Australia to buy time is actually not a bad idea, as all attempts to cross the country laterally have failed abysmally. If you somehow manage not to die of heatstroke or dehydration, if you manage not to piss off any of the wildlife (including estuarine crocodiles, the largest crocodiles in the world, and the inland taipan, the most venomous snake in the world, and its relatives the mainland taipan and mulga snake, which are nearly as potent and a lot worse-tempered) if you are miraculously not killed in a sandstorm or one of the epic downpours that crop up, if you don't starve to death from dingos and hopping rats stealing your rations in the middle of the night, or being unlucky enough to be standing under a riled dropbear, if the local indigenous tribes don't take a dislike to you and poison you or screw with your navigation equipment or spear you... after that you still have to deal with the Australian military and any local populations who have formed a militia, and they will be well fed, hydrated, and very pissed off.
      • If you even make it ashore. The majority of the western Australian seaboard is protected by rocky reefs. A fact many early sailing ships discovered quite tragically when they ran aground. According to historical records, even if you made it ashore, between the environment, the local tribes, and the wildlife, you were lucky to make it out alive.
      • And don't think trying to come through the northern rainforests will be any easier. Between the monsoons, the crazy wildlife, and the heatstroke (people have literally been boiled alive in the Daintree), well... take a look at what we did to the Japanese at Kokoda, then add in the fact that we're fighting on home ground. Yep. You're screwed.
      • To compare and contrast: Russia in winter is seriously cold, but one can keep the heat in with diligence and the right equipment; there's always clean water on the ground, just waiting to be scooped up and melted; the bears are all hibernating, and the wolves soon realise that armed troops are best avoided. The Australian desert is hot and there is no practical way of keeping the heat out; there's no surface water — good luck finding it elsewhere; and the small, poisonous critters whose homes you are camping on don't give a damn how well armed you are.
      • And lets not forget that the average Aussie farmer has a couple of rifles, a shotgun, half a crate of jelly (Gelignite) and you don't want to know what else tucked into the back shed. The Aussie locals aren't much less deadly than the wildlife.
      • That amount of weaponry is minimal, most are better armed than that. A lot of Australian farms are capable of being independent for food and water, enormous quantities of fuel, underground tanks, and it's very common to have a well-equipped workshop that can make anything from a tractor to a machine gun.
      • Not for nothing did Rommel say, "If I had to take hell, I would use the Australians to take it and the New Zealanders to hold it."
      • Of course, most enemy armies would try to invade the east coast in that case. Not to mention modern militaries have much more modern equipment like the Osprey. There is probably no commander stupid enough to invade west Australia, though. Not to mention there's a barracks over here that has a little unit called the Special Air Service Regiment. Who Dares, Wins, troper.
      • The east coast is where all the soldiers are. Back to square one.
      • Not to mention that if invaders landed in Far North Queensland and tried to sweep down the eastern coast, they'd be confined to a narrow strip of land as they moved: most of the Queensland coastline is flat, but travel inland a little way and you hit mountain ranges, rivers, and in some places enough jungle to make the Viet Cong weep. As mentioned above, jungle is what our lads in the beige berets do best.
      • Invading Sydney? Well the Great Dividing Range makes coming in from the west suicidal as the few roads able to support large vehicles are obvious bottlenecks. The bay area has a smallish mouth making it a shooting gallery for ships sailing through. Coming up from the south requires being able to either cross the Great Dividing Range with land forces where there are even less suitable crossing points, or being able to sneak past the city and land on the coast. Invading from the north is the same except the Great Barrier Reef isn't called that for nothing. If anyone tries invading Sydney I'd love for them to do it in the Summer - not only is there sweltering heat to deal with (see above), but summer also happens to be mating season for our lovely little Funnel Webs. Meaning thousands of very, very venomous and aggressive males will be scurrying about, both in Sydney proper and the surrounding suburbs - and even though they prefer forests, they'll just as happily make themselves home in more urbane areas. Good luck going to the hospital for the anti-venom if you're the enemy.
      • Invading Melbourne? Well forget any naval support - the mouth of Port Phillip Bay is one of the most dangerous stretches of water in the world. Refusing the assistance of a pilot to get through is suicidal at best, not to mention the ADF has forts on both sides of the opening. Landing on the eastern side of the mouth runs into the problem of crossing a range that leads mostly into wilderness. Land invasion from the east and north are blocked by the Great Dividing Range again. Invading from the west requires a fair march through the Otway Mountain ranges and finding a place to land where giant cliffs don't turn the whole scene into a bizarre reversal of the Gallipoli landing.
    • Australia's population is fairly centralized, and despite their sophistication, their military (and airforce in particular) is very, very small. As such, one would have no trouble simply bombing Australia into submission. One problem with that plan though: the only militaries that have the technology and logistical support to really pull off something like that happen to be allied to Australia. This includes the United States, which could have at least one aircraft carrier (the USS Ronald Reagan, stationed in Japan) parked off the relevant shoreline in under 48 hours.
      • Even if somehow a non-ally manages to get their resources together and bomb Australia, do you really think they would sit around twiddling their thumbs? They'd bomb you right back, or else their allies would be just a tad bit worried that the world's third-largest source of uranium is being taken. Australia doesn't need to bomb the shit out of you. They'll let the bomb-happy Americans do it for them!
      • And Australia tops the list of nuclear brinkmanship states (aka could have a nuclear weapon in less than six months) due to its technological capabilities. Australia also has large uranium reserves that could provide the necessary nuclear fuel, though due to environmental concerns only very limited mining is done. Also, the British tested their nuclear weapons in the Australian Desert back in the Fifties and there are a lot of military installations out in the desert in which no one really knows what happens. While Australia so far still declines nuclear weapons, in 2021 they struck a huge deal with their closes allies (the US and UK) for transfer of nuclear powered submarine technology and building eight American-designed nuclear submarines in Australian shipyards. This resulted in a previous deal with the French to build new subs for Australia getting scrapped. It actually angered the French enough that they briefly recalled their ambassadors to Australia and the US.
  • It's not like Russia. Those invading Russia get to march home after they've been chewed up. Those who invade Australia will have to SWIM home.
    • Swimming past the sharks, poison jellyfishes, blue ringed octopi, stonefish, cone snails, salt-water crocodiles (remember the old saying, 'if there's no sharks at the beach, it's because the crocodiles have eaten them all'?), etc...
  • To get an idea of just how effective the Australian Army is when push comes to shove here's an excerpt from a former Viet Cong leader
    "Worse than the Americans were the Australians. The Americans' style was to hit us, then call for planes and artillery. Our response was to break contact and disappear if we could. The Australians were more patient than the Americans, better guerrilla fighters, better at ambushes. They liked to stay with us instead of calling in the planes. We were more afraid of their style."
    • So what you are telling me is that the Australians are actually Predators?
      • Hey, maybe. Still, we don't blow ourselves up when we get caught.
  • One reason for the Australian prowess during World War II was that a large number of them had been fighting massive bushfires in civilian life. This taught such warlike talents as combining individual initiative with team discipline, in teams of several thousands; familiarity with taking care of oneself far from the luxuries of civilization, and simply knowing how to not panic when your instinct is to panic. Whether that is true or not it is an interesting thought.
  • The U.S, Navy named a cruiser USS Canberra in honor of HMAS Canberra (and, by extension, the city of Canberra) after HMAS Canberra was lost in the Solomons — making Canberra the only foreign ship (or city) to ever receive that particular honor.
    • Similarly, the USAF operated a medium bomber, the B-57 Canberra. In this case, it was named for the British bomber it was derived from (the English Electric Canberra), which was named for the city.
  • The HMAS Australia (D84) (the third to carry the name Australia) was the first ship to ever be struck by a Kamikaze attack on October 21, 1944, it was then struck again 4 days later only then returning to port for repairs. Over the course of the end phases of WWII the HMAS Australia was struck a total of six times by kamikaze attacks; a record matched only by the USS Lafey.
  • Australia is also home to the Jindalee radar network, a locally made over the horizon early warning radar system that can not only scan as far as North Korea and India, but can also detect stealth bombers by picking up the disturbed air caused by the aircraft. So we know exactly how long we have until we all die.
    • There are also the fabled Pine Gap, JDF Nurrungar, and the Woomera Test Range. These bases are like our Area 51, but with fewer flying saucers and better security, and they are where we keep all kinds of goodies: Satellite Communications Interception, Scramjets, Bunyips, Yowies, and there are even stories of something called Project SPARTAN being tested out of Woomera.
    • Yes, the Woomera Test Range is like Area 51 — if Area 51 were roughly the size of England, or Florida. Loooooooot of leg room Down Under.
  • Canada and Australia are something like war buddies, having fought together in both World War I and World War II, The Cold War and in The Korean War.
    • Canadians and Australians agree on a lot of things: particularly their appreciation of good beer.
    • Also, more recently, Australia and America, the two nations having allied since the Cold War. The ANZUS treaty binds the nations together for military matters, and they have fought together several times including conflicts in the Pacific War, the Korean War, Vietnam War, Gulf War, 2003 Iraq War and the current conflict in Afghanistan. However, the latter two have not pleased many Australians, due to the Army's recent history of being peacekeepers rather than active soldiers.
  • Australia's armed forces are the only recipients of the most awesome spork/can opener/knife device ever created — It's officially called the "Field Ration Eating Device (FRED)" note  but that's clearly only because the Army wanted to legitimately call something "Fred.". It really says something about your nation, when your most basic bit of cutlery issued to your soldiers includes a spoon, a can opener, and a bottle opener.
  • Interestingly, Australia was the first Commonwealth nation to fire shots in both World War I and World War II. What's even more interesting is that both times they were fired by the same gun at the same fort for the same reason. That is, artillery at Fort Nepean attempting to prevent German merchant vessels from escaping through Port Phillip Heads.
  • Despite all this, Australia may have been handed the most humiliating military defeat in all of human history when they lost The Emu War. If you're worried that you're becoming to American in your geography skills, don't worry. This wasn't a small region on a map, but a war against the endemic Emu bird. Which was a pest to many Aussie farmers, so the nation began a military operation to cull the birds. The army declared the operation a loss. While it's probably the only military loss in the nation's history, it's also the only time where a modern military lost to any animal, specifically a bird. A bird that could not fly and is tasty. Twice. Today the Emu is the national bird of Australia, presumably as a concession the defeated Aussies made to their new flightless feathered overlords and masters.

The Australian military in fiction


  • Breaker Morant. Actually, this movie is based on a play, which is also based on actual events. Read the book Shoot Straight You Bastards ! to learn more about this fascinating chain of events.





  • JAG: RAN Lieutenant Commander Mic Brumby (Trevor Goddard) was a recurring character for a few seasons in this American show.
  • Sea Patrol, a 2007—11 series involving the crew of HMAS Hammersley, a fictional naval patrol boat (Fremantle-class for the first season, Armidale-class for the second onwards. The series has been sold to a number of foreign countries, including the UK.
    • There was also the 1979 (and 1983) series Patrol Boat (which used Attack- and Fremantle-class boats) based on the same premise though not related to the current series.
  • The Tomorrow Series: Well, it is about an invasion of Australia. So naturally they play a big part in the story, although the primary focus is on a group of teenaged resistance fighters in the occupied areas of the country.
  • Tomb Raider III has a unit of Aussie soldiers stranded in the South Pacific Islands after their plane crashed. The first one you meet had his leg eaten by the cannibalistic tribe on the island and the rest are wandering around the crash site as they defend themselves from raptors. Depending on how well behaved the AI is, the soldiers can hold their own against the dinosaurs and they may even kill some without your assistance.
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 gives us Task Force 141, a multi-national special forces unit, which includes a number of Australians in it's ranks. None of them are major characters however. While the 2019 reboot features an Australian SASR operator named Wyatt as part of the Warcom multiplayer subfaction.
  • Dead Island: Riptide features several named characters who are members of the ADF. Tough as nails, all of them.
  • Squad features a realistic recreation of the ADF as one of the teams. Equipped with modern AMCU uniforms, Bushmaster MRAPs, MRH-90 helicopters, ASLAV-25 IFVs, MAN HX trucks and Styer AUG rifles.


  • Civilization VI has Australia as a playable faction, and its unique unit is a squad of Diggers, whose appearance is based on WW2-era Australian troops.
  • Red Alert 3: The Allied Multigunner IFV is crewed by a very cheerful Aussie, which can switch out its default weapon to a scaled-up version of whatever infantry unit is loaded inside.

The Australian military in music

  • And The Band Played Waltzing Matilda by Eric Bogle is a famous song lamenting the futile Australian attack on Gallipoli in World War 1, and drawing an implicit analogy to Australian soldiers being sent to the Vietnam War. Internationally, it may be best known via covers by Joan Baez and The Pogues; US Senator and Vietnam War veteran Bob Kerry recited this song to his supporters at the end of his 1991 presidential campaign. Known for making even non-Australians cry.
  • Khe Sanh by Australian band Cold Chisel tells the story of a disillusioned and traumatised Australian veteran of the Vietnam War wandering the world in search of solace. This is the song of the Australian cricket team, in a weird case of Lyrical Dissonance turning into Hilarious in Hindsight with a dash of Black Comedy.
  • I Was Only Nineteen (aka "A Walk In The Light Green") by the band Redgum was written after accounts of Vietnam veterans, describing the experience of the war itself, and the woes faced by veterans afterwards. It was originally released in 1983; a hiphop adaptation was recorded by Australian group The Herd in 2005. Regarded as the unofficial anthem of Australian Vietnam veterans.
    • The title may need some explaining — during Vietnam, the maps were drawn up with 3 main colours. Blue for the ocean, dark green for jungle, and light green for cleared areas, either naturally or from the use of napalm or Agent Orange. The lyrics suggest that the soldier may have had contact with the one of those 2 chemicals...
    What's this rash that comes and goes, can you tell me what it means?
    God help me, I was only nineteen...
    • It's said that the 'light green' was the most feared place to patrol, as it had been cleared and was therefore laden with ambushes and booby traps. Conversely the 'dark green' was largely untouched jungle where such hazards were much less common.
  • Mothers, Daughters, Wives by folksinger Judy Small is about the women the soldiers left behind and, in too many cases, never saw again.