One fought a seemingly swashbuckling, shirtless war in Vietnam. Another was a child soldier bombed by the Japanese in the jungles of New Guinea. A third returned from East Timor, injured — he believes — by something designed to keep him safe. But a digger is a digger.
They gave their all to fight for their country in a time of war, but advocates believe there are many local veterans who are effectively invisible to authorities and "just fell through the cracks".
Indigenous soldiers returning home from the horrors of World War I were plunged headlong into another long-running battle.
When Katrina Elliot Myerson's 97-year-old grandfather showed her some letters from his time as a POW in Burma, it drew a line to her work with the Red Cross in Myanmar.
For almost as long as there have been Nazis, there have been Nazis in Australia — including some high-profile names you might recognise.
Peter Ferry, 96, makes his first trip back to Victoria's East Sale RAAF base since the Second World War.
The League of Nations was once described as "the greatest humbug in history", but it has had a lasting impact on Australia: it helped the nation untie its British apron strings and find its foreign policy voice.
In 1942, 395 letters written by Australian POWs fell from the sky, dropped by the Japanese after bombing Port Moresby — but by the time they were delivered, the men who wrote them were dead.
No Australian jurist before or since has ever held a responsibility like Sir William Webb, but his part and Australia's key role in the prosecution of hundreds of accused Japanese war criminals are little remembered today, writes Adam Wakeling.
Andy Factor survived the "night of broken glass" in Germany in 1938 and can still recall the shattering noise. But exactly 80 years later, it's the rising sound of white nationalism that has him scared.