Decades of Change
 

Gunners Timeline

This timeline highlights selected Gunner History over the decades ending with 2013.

Anniversary

 

EVENT, DECISION OR ACTION

470 years ago
 

 

Henry VIII acquired mortars for seiges

 220 years ago
 

 

Following declaration of war by France, Governor Hunter ordered a redoubt with 8 emrasures be built on the east point (Point Bennelong or the site of the present day Sydney Opera House) to be armed with guns from HMS Supply

 

 

160 years ago
 

 

Outer Middle Head Sydney Harbour fortified 1853-1960

 140 years ago
 

 

Inner Middle Head; 1873-1945

 120 years ago

 

 

 

Signal Hill Battery; 1893-late 1930s

Coogee Battery; 1893-1945

Bondi Battery; 1893-1945

 

 70 years ago
 

Battle for Buna

Battle for Sananada

Battle for Wau

Airborne Aust & US troops landing at Nadzab

Battle for Salamaua

7th & 9th Div enter Lae

Battle for Finschaffen

7th Div capture Dumpu Rimu Valley

Last Japanese air raid on Darwin 11 Nov

7th Div captured The Pimple, Shaggy Ridge

 

 60 years ago
 

 

Gunners serve on HQs and in Air Op postings in Korea.

Armistice Panmunjon 27 Jul

 

 50 years ago
 

 

102 Bty relieves 103 Bty in Malaysia embeded into 45 Lt Regt RA

102 Bty deployed in Terendak, in DS 3 RAR. 30 Oct Bty fires 63 rounds the first against an enemy since being raised.

 

 40 years ago
 

 

27 Jan Conclusion of hostilities in SVN

8/12 Mdm Regt formed at Holsworthy with one Mdm & 2 Fd Btys, 1 Fd Regt in Brisbane and 4 Fd Regt in Townsville.

CMF units train with regular units - conversion from 25 pdr to 105mm ordnance.

 

 30 years ago
 

 

Delivery of M198 155mm towed howitzers commenced.

 20 years ago
 

 

13 Fd Bty raised at Kallangur Nth of Brisbane.

1 RAR Bn Gp deployed to Somalia with elements 107 Fd Bty.

Current
 

 

Withdrawal of 105mm howitzers and disestablishment of Field Artillery in the Army Reserve.

Light Artillery Batteries raised in the Army Reserve.

 

Ref:

Horner, DM, The Gunners: a History of Australian Artillery

Oppenheim, P, The Fragile Forts, The Fixed Defences of Sydney Harbour, 1788-1963

Wilson AW Lt RA; The Story of the Gun, 1943

Gunfire

 

 

 

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