Category: MILITARY

Peter and Mamma – A Coy 6 RAR Chowalla 1973

PETER & MAMMA Peter Adamis 8 January 2017 Abalinx This article is long overdue and I am sure that those of who are still around and served in Singapore and Malaya will remember the couple in the photograph. They were with affection, known as “Peter and Mamma”. We of A Company, 6th Royal Australian Regiment…

William James Cunneen

I remember Bill Cunneen as a very young soldier. we would see him arrive on a land rover or he may already be in position taking photographs. It was apparent that he was very well known to Commanding Officers, Regimental Sergeant Majors, Company Sergeant Majors and many of the old hands who would greet him…

Death and Grief are like the Ocean

Peter Adamis Abalinx   25 December 2016 They say that grief has many configurations and that coming to terms with that grief is part of the healing process.  Having said that does not help me or others to process the loss of a friend, loved one or someone we knew intimately.  Even though someone we knew…

Leadership in Australia

Peter Adamis Abalinx 13 December 2016 Recently I was asked to answer three questions on Australian leadership and what it meant to me.  To some it may come easy while to others it may evoke emotional responses of images and memories that are both positive and negative in nature, depending on one’s life experiences.  A…

Mick Strong

Peter Adamis 2 December 2016 This article is about Mick Strong, not about his military career, not about me, not about the human and spirit that dwells within us all and the one phone call that made a difference to me.   Mick Strong is not to be confused with the soldier from 1 RAR but…

Barry Tolley

Peter Adamis   Abalinx 1 December 2016 I just spoke with Barry. He is at home, living in far North Queensland with his wife. I am so pleased that I caught up with him. He was also one my early mentors. A tower of strength, great Aussie humour, tough as nails and a terrific Australian. His…

Kapooka and Basic Training 1971

Abalinx Peter Adamis 25 August 2016 This article is dedicated to all those who have served this nation, whether it has been in uniform or not. It is also a reminder that no matter our station in life, it what we choose as a vocation and what we contribute to the security and longevity of…

ANZAC DAY 2016 – A quiet one

Abalinx – Peter Adamis – 25 April 2016 A quiet response on my part this year. In Watsonia, not far from Simpson barracks, located across the road from the Watsonia RSL, I watched the procession from the driveway. My immune system post stem cell transplant was not the best to be mingle amongst the crowd.…

ANZAC Day 2016 – One day of reflection

Abalinx – Peter Adamis 24 April 2016 ANZAC Day is soon upon us and it is only natural that our minds turn to those who gave their all not only at Gallipoli, the Western front, Middle East, Russia, Asia, Africa, Pacific, Atlantic, Indian ocean and South East Asia; but to all those military activities that…

The Aussie connection – The Battles of Greece and Crete

Abalinx – Peter Adamis 21 April 2016 It should not come as a surprise to students of history to note that despite distance, language and cultural differences between two nations; the bonds between Greeks and Australians is forever eternal.  Neither should it be a surprise to the general Australian public that consecutive generations continue to…