5th Battalion


Royal Australian Regiment Association Inc.

Veterans of the 5th Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment have stood tall, defending our values and freedoms and choosing to serve a cause greater than themselves. Their sacrifices have shaped our history and will continue to inspire future generations. In times of conflict and peace alike, veterans of 5 RAR have demonstrated what it means to be Australian - unity in adversity, and an unwavering commitment to justice and fairness and imbued with the 'ANZAC' Spirit. Their stories are woven into the fabric of our nation, a testament to their professional dedication. This website is dedicated to the officers and men of the 5th Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment and in reverent memory of our mates who made the supreme sacrifice. 

"Combat soldiers are an exclusive set, and if they want to be that way, it is their privilege."
-- William H. Mauldin, Up Front (1945)

5 RAR Roll of Honour *

We honour those soldiers of 5RAR who made the supreme sacrifice ... Lest We Forget

Announcements & Updates

The major upgrade and redesign of the 5 RAR Association's website would have been very difficult without the support of the Department of Veterans' Affairs "Saluting Their Service Commemorative grants Program" and the financial support from the 5 RAR Association.

The redesign of the website has been a huge undertaking with, in excess of 2,000 pages and 20 years in development. Some sections of the upgrade are still a 'work in progress' and there are links that are not yet live; these will come online over time.
I thank the many members who saw the need to carry our history forward and who "walked over dead ground and relived it again."
And finally, it is a fitting tribute to the veterans of the 5 RAR Association who wrote articles and poetry of their personal experiences at war that the website has been selected for preservation by the Australian War Memorial and has been archived by the National Library of Australia as a site of historical importance as part of the Pandora Project.

Links that are 'Live' will now have a small asterisk placed beside the page title  *  so you will recognise the website pages that have been recreated and linked...
I thank you for your patience.


On Active Service

Work in Progress



Timor Leste

Battle of Binh Ba *

Prelude- Situated north of the 1st Australian Task Force base at Nui Dat on the western side of Route 2, the village of Binh Ba had a population of around three thousand people – mainly farmers and rubber plantation workers. Tidy and rectangular in shape, and mainly constructed of solid brick and tile, Binh Ba was well known to the Australians. Indeed during 5 RAR's first tour in Vietnam a rifle company and a mortar section had been briefly stationed within the village itself. 

Stories from 5 RAR Veterans on active service *


(Links Not Active)

Vietnam Image Gallery

Afghanistan Image Gallery

Iraq Image Gallery

Timor Leste Image Gallery


Command & Control *

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