Our stories

Australian troops carried out the security at food point distributions in Somalia, 1993.

Our Stories offers a unique insight into the experiences and development of Australia’s modern Army. This collection contains rare oral histories, videos and photographs contributed by individuals and the Department of Defence. Personal accounts were recorded in Australia and in countries where operations have been conducted. Through personal recollections and imagery we come to understand the challenges, rewards and sacrifices made by our men and women.

Comments made by interviewees represent their personal experiences and opinions; they are not speaking on behalf of the Australian Army or Department of Defence.

Australian Army Soldiers arrive in Somalia


Come and explore Australia's involvement in some of our recent operations: Cambodia, Somalia, Bougainville, East Timor/Timor-Leste and Afghanistan. Read about Australia's contribution in Setting the Scene, then listen and view the moving stories of our people.

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Flags in Bougainville


Information in this section mirrors the operations path and allows you to discover the stories of our people by following a theme. For example you can read about active service in Cambodia, Somalia, Bougainville, East Timor/Timor-Leste and Afghanistan.

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Feature stories

Feature stories from five operations – Cambodia, Somalia, Bougainville, Timor-Leste (East Timor) and Afghanistan and ten themes – Government and politics, Preparation and planning, Arriving in country, Active service, Mentoring, Leadership, Violence and death, United Nations, Identity and reputation and Returning home.

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An Australian Army Soldier in East Timor


The sources used to create Our Stories are rich, engaging and rare. They combine the wealth of resources housed within the Department of Defence with oral histories and materials donated by individuals.

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An Australian Army soldier with local leaders, Cambodia


The Australian Army wishes to acknowledge the generous support of individuals and organisations in the creation of Our Stories.

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