An Australian soldier patrols in Oruzgan province during his first deployment to Afghanistan in August 2011. Picture: Gary Ramage
Afghanistan: SAS troops of Reconstruction Task Force 4 (RTF4), Australia’s contribution to the Netherlands-led Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT), on partol in Oruzgan Province, where a number of soldiers were wounded when ambushed by Taliban fighters. Picture: Australian Defence Force/ Gary Ramage
An Australian Army engineer searches for improvised explosive devices (IED’s) in Oruzgan province. Picture: Gary Ramage
Soldiers from Mentoring Task Force Three move away from a helicopter landing zone after loading Australian casualties in the Chora Valley, Southern Afghanistan. Picture: Australian Defence Force
Corporal Mathew Hopkins on patrol with the Mentoring and Reconstruction Task Force 1 in Tarin Kowt.
A young German private poses for a portrait before heading off to war. Confidence ran high within the ranks, and most soldiers believed that they would be marching through Paris in a matter of weeks.
Afghanistan: Soldiers from Mortar Platoon 2 RAR engage the Taliban with 81mm mortars.
Picture: Australian Defence Force/ Gary Ramage
Australian soldier from Mentoring Task Force Two shakes hands with his Afghan National Army counterpart prior to stepping off on their early morning patrol of the Chora Valley, in southern Afghanistan, 01/12/2010.
Australian soldiers from the Special Operations Task Group cross a river during winter in Uruzgan Province while targeting insurgent networks, 29/12/2010.
A joint Australian and Afghan patrol during operations in southern Afghanistan.
Soldiers from 1st Battalion, The Princess of Wales’ Royal Regiment are battered by the downdraft of a medevac helicopter as it collects a casualty in Loya Manda, Helmand Province, Afghanistan.
Private Mitchell Connaught wades through water during a foot patrol in the Shahid-e Hasas district of Oruzgan province. Picture: Gary Ramage
Afghanistan: Detachment Commander Sergeant Bryce Watson helps with the daily maintenance of the L118 Light Gun. Picture: Australian Defence Force/ Gary Ramage
Shermans were not not available for Guadalcanal, but the M2 light tanks used were nevertheless well suited for
A crewman places a muzzle cover on on his artillery piece following the ceasefire for the day.