Parading the Colors


14 July 2014: To mark the centenary of the outbreak of the Great War, the French Republic invited all 76 nations (including those that were at the time colonial possessions) that participated in the conflict to march in the annual Bastille Day Parade in Paris. The Australian Army contingent bore the colors of all the regiments and battalions that served in the Great War. Following British practice, Australian Army colors consist of a Queen's Colour and a Regimental Colour; the former are visible in the front row. Note that some of these colors, representing units no longer active, are based on the British Union Flag rather than the Australian national flag.

In the Great War, Australian and New Zealand  (ANZAC) soldiers received their baptism of fire at Gallipoli and later served in France.

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