103 Medium Battery 1975
Laurie Skinner in Vietnam
3.7 inch Mark 3 Heavy Anti Aircraft Gun - Live Firing North Head Manly
No 53 of 1974 Gun Course - School of Artillery 1974
Anti Aircraft Radar No 3 Mark 7
Royal Regiment of Australian Artillery, Memorial, Canberra ACT
25 Pounder New Guinea 1944


The Army's First Pentathlon Team



By Ronald Bastian.

The Time Circa 1962
The Place: 1st Field Regiment RAA - Holsworthy
The Event:  The creation of the "Mighty" Army Pentathlon team.
The Creator:  Captain Richard Arthur Ashley Riddle or CAPT R.A.A. Riddle.

In order to create this mighty "Machine", Capt. Riddle weaved his magical persuasion and somehow procured a small fat pony which was to be used for practicing the equestrian "jumps" that is very much a part of this sport.

He also managed to convince the Quartermaster to let us use the 9mm Browning Pistols from the Regimental "QM's  safe, including ammunition. So, apart from taking turns at bouncing up and down on the fat pony, we "shot up" a lot of tin cans on the little range behind the camp and poked holes in each other with an epee under the guidance of an amateur fencer from 111 LAA Battery.

I am sure nobody seriously thought we would ever become a competitive team of pentathletes...but it was a lot better than sitting around the "Q" Store or picking up papers for the RSM.

Needless to say, the team didn't last too long, and, I often wondered whatever happened to that little fat pony. One team member who was a plumpish little guy once declared that, as the pony and he were similarly "rotund", he was never going to be able to stay mounted for more than a few yards before falling off.

That same week we had a particularly "chewy" beef stew on the menu..oh well che sara, sara.


A Field Battery in Vietnam - Gunner Tiffy
Sergeants from the No. 1 Queensland Volunteer Artillery
Artillery In Action At Heilly France - Circa 1918
Members of 102 (Coral) Battery in Vietnam
Gunner Claude Rubin Winduss (Second from Left) in World War 1


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