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See old school fighting machines
A Saracen Armoured personnel Carrier at the Army Museum of South Australia
On November 11 2018, we celebrate a truly momentous occasion, the centenary of the first Armistice Day. This very special day marked the formal agreement by participants to end all fighting in World War 1. The war had caused a terrible loss of life around the world, with more 16 million people dead as a result.
In South Australia, the First World War had been an enormous economic and social drain, but we were committed to fight for our King and support Great Britain against her enemies. The four-year-long war changed the lives of many, but sadly world war would erupt again only 21 years later.
Armistice Day Celebration in King William Street Adelaide 1918 (Image: State Library B-5513)
The centenary of Armistice Day will be celebrated around the world, and in South Australia, there are many events planned in both metropolitan and country areas.
At the Torrens Parade Ground in Adelaide, you will find free Military Vehicle and Equipment Displays on Armistice Day. Interestingly the display will be of a selection of military equipment ranging from World War Two up to current day machinery. It's likely there are few World War 1 tanks left still in existence, and many other vehicles were horse-drawn back then.
Soldiers Eating at Cheer Up Hut Outer Harbor (Image: State Library PRG-280-1-18-31)
However, you will also be able to walk through a re-creation of a Cheer Up Hut in the Drill Hall at Torrens Parade Ground, a uniquely South Australian organisation that provided for the needs of soldiers during the First World War. The first Cheer Up Hut was launched in Adelaide, but women around the state soon established others to support the men who were away temporarily from the fighting in Europe. Cheer Up Huts went up in Peterborough, Whyalla, Cowell and Port Augusta, Mount Gambier and Outer Harbor to name just a few.
The free Military Vehicle and Equipment Displays at Torrens Parade Ground in Adelaide take place on Armistice Day - Sunday 11 November, 2018 from 10.00am - 4.00pm. With the help from the team at the Virtual War Memorial, you will also be able to research family members who served their country in times of war.
Military Vehicle and Equipment Displays on Armistice Day at Torrens Parade Ground