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On this day

On this day
21 October

1915— The Australian Red Cross Missing and Wounded Enquiry Bureau was established in Cairo, Egypt. The Bureau handled thousands of enquiries from families seeking information

1916— 5th Australian Division entered the front line near FLERS on the SOMME. The Somme battlefield was a muddy, cratered wasteland

1944— Japanese aircraft crashed into HMAS AUSTRALIA in a kamikazi attack during the Battle of LEYTE GULF, Philippines. 30 Officers and men, including the CO, were killed and 64 were wounded