Category: MILITARY

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…

The Brunswick Boys

Abalinx Peter Adamis 19 April 2016 In the early 1950s when I was just a young nipper living in Fitzroy and Carlton and then in Windsor/Prahran/St Kilda suburbs we would often see older men drinking mentholated spirits amongst other drinks in the alley ways and laneways that were found in the rear of the homes.…

Reflections of 11th hour

Peter Adamis – Abalinx 11 November 2015 The time came to make the annual walk across the road the Watsonia RSL to pay tribute in my own small way to those who have since passed on in history but as always be remembered. As a young lad growing up during the early Fifties amongst the…

Mustapha Kemal Ataturk & the ANZACS

Abalinx – Peter Adamis – 21 April 2015 This has not been written to deter from the atrocities that were committed during WW1 or of the massacre of the Armenians, Greeks and Assyrians, but rather to look at a subject from an unbiased and unemotional point of view. I know full well the atrocities which…