SoG 11 Set of Six Limited Edition Medallions
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The stunning Sands of Gallipoli 2011 release Six Limited Edition Medallions Set from Australia's leading military site - Military Shop. The Aussie tra Read more...
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SoG 11 Set of Six Limited Edition Medallions
The stunning Sands of Gallipoli 2011 release Six Limited Edition Medallions Set from Australia's leading military site - Military Shop. The Aussie tradition of extraordinary service and looking out for your mates started in the Boer War. It was enhanced at Gallipoli and shines brightly today. Helping your mate is not restricted to any one campaign. Indeed, it is a trait that seems to flow in the veins of Diggers in every campaign. One of these Diggers was Simpson, the Man with the Donkey, at Anzac Cove. The bravery shown by John Simpson Kirkpatrick soon became one of the most prominent symbols of Australian courage and tenacity at Gallipoli. Instructed to recover and assist the wounded, he used a donkey to carry men down from the front line, often exposing himself to fire. Simpson was twice nominated for the Victoria Cross, the highest medal for bravery, but sadly, the award was twice refused due to misunderstandings. No doubt each and every soldier throughout the proud history of Australian military service has had a story to tell; a story of ordinary men and women providing extraordinary service. Stories that tell of the bond of mateship, the highs and the lows, the courage and fear, and those they lost. These important contributions to our history are to be passed on and shared through the generations. This collection pays tribute to the ordinary Digger who gives extraordinary service. The six medallions in this limited edition set represent *Landing - The Digger of today is not far removed from the Anzacs but their tools are certainly different. Today's Diggers fly to war zones in an airplane and enter their Areas of Operation in a helicopter commanded by a highly trained pilot. Their forebears had long sea voyages. The Anzacs climbed down the sides of warships into landing boats commanded by teenage midshipmen. Today's Digger uses the most up to date weapons and equipment; the Anzacs had very basic kit. However, one thing has not changed. Then, and now, ordinary people perform extraordinary service, bravely going to war to serve their country. *Fighting - There are no good places to fight a war but some are worse than others. Iraq and Afghanistan both offer harsh terrain, oppressive heat, and an unseen enemy that fades into the local population in a way never seen before, not even in Vietnam. Gone are the days of both sides wearing uniform and conforming to the rules of warfare. Now it is a matter of roadside bombs and snipers who fire at the Diggers. It would have made the Anzacs shake their heads in wonder. *Wounded in Action - Being wounded in action is now, and has always been, a dreadful blow, not only to the body but also to the mind. The Anzacs faced terrible wounds from weapons we now consider primitive and they battled with the difficulties of inadequate medical support. The current Diggers face terrible wounds from high tech weaponry. Nowadays the medical support is quicker, more efficient and has a higher success rate. However, one thing has not changed. Then, and now, ordinary people perform extraordinary service, bravely going to war to serve their country despite the risk of injury. *Caring For the Injured - Caring for the injured has become the very embodiment of the Digger spirit. Just as extraordinary soldiers like Simpson who, with his donkey, assisted wounded comrades at Gallipoli, today's Diggers risk their own lives for the sake of their fellow soldiers, often in extremely dangerous circumstances. The trauma to body and mind associated with being injured in action is no less now than it was at Gallipoli. However, today's wounded Digger, with the support and encouragement of our modern day Simpsons, has access to more immediate, sophisticated medical support and a far greater possibility of full recovery. *Farewelling - In all conflicts there comes the terrible cost of life and limb. The men who serve together become a Band of Brothers sharing a bond that civilians rarely understand and never get to experience. When a Digger buries a mate or grieves at his graveside he buries part of himself. Yes, he is saying, "Farewell" but he is also saying, "Don't worry mate, you will be remembered". All over the world are military cemeteries looked after by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. The current generations can rest assured that our Diggers who lie in foreign lands are carefully and respectfully tended. *Commemoration - One thing that has never changed in Australia is our willingness to commemorate the activities of our sailors, soldiers, airmen and airwomen. Our respect and veneration is for their service and sacrifice. The most obvious commemoration is Anzac Day which is followed by Remembrance Day. In more concrete terms the Australian War Memorial in Canberra, partially seen here in the background symbolises our respect. It is supported by Governments of all types through good times and bad and is one of the world's great museums. From generation to generation we pass down respect for the Diggers and their efforts. Ordinary people who have given extraordinary service. This limited edition set Housed in a timber finish display case this set features six proof medallions, a replica 1904 Rising Sun hat badge and a vial of Gallipoli sand. 220mm Wide X 295mm High. No more than 2500 sets will be released. Each set comes with a numbered certificate of authenticity.
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