Australian Army in Afghanistan
For the Australian Army, the mission in Afghanistan was a test of our people and our capabilities and a monumental achievement. For our soldiers, it was time to put the skills for which they had been trained into practice.
More than 26,000 Australian soldiers served in Afghanistan on Operation Slipper (2001-2014). For them and their families, this was a time of joy and grief, pride and loss. In more than a decade of operations, 41 Australian Army soldiers died in Afghanistan. Many more were wounded, some physically and others mentally. We also saw countless acts of courage and bravery - our soldiers have received commendations, medals and awards for gallantry, including four Victoria Crosses for Australia, the first in almost 40 years. Army units have received citations for gallantry and meritorious service, as well as a unit battle honour.
'The Longest War: The Australian Army in Afghanistan' is their story, our story - for the first time, and in our own words.