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Australian Light Armoured Vehicle (ASLAV-25) in profile

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ASLAV-25 in profile
Giclee print on archival paper

2008
 

This image is of the armoured vehicle used by the Light Horse and Cavalry, the AuStralian Light Armoured Vehicle - ASLAV - a variant of the US Marine Corps LAV-25. The LAV is a variation of the Mowag Pirahna - a Swiss made family of armoured vehicles. There are five main generations of LAV with the Australian version and US Marine version being Generation 1. The US Army and NZ Army operate Generation III vehicles called Stryker and NZLAV respectively.

The ASLAV is operated by 2nd Cavalry Regiment and 2nd/14th Light Horse Regiment, Queensland Mounted Infantry and is the modern day means of getting troops into battle - just as the Walers did in the First World War.

Below is an image of a Waler by renowned artist George Lambert. The horse is saddled with a 1912 pattern saddle and has a bandolier strung around its neck, shoeing kit, fodder bag, water and other items. And just like those days of yore, the ASLAV also has fuel, spares and other equipment hanging from its carriage. The more things change, the more they stay the same.

(Australian War Memorial ART 02705 Starlight, Racer and Troop Horse by George Lambert).

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Independent Productions and Aviation Services is the website of Conway Bown, Australian Army Official War Artist and Aviation Consultant. Services include portrait painting and other portraiture, aviation services such as CRM - Crew Resource Management - and Helicopter Underwater Escape Training - HUET - which may include Emergency Breathing Systems - EBS - training using Helicopter Aircrew Breathing Devices - HABD - or Helicopter Emergency Egress Device - HEEDs.

During 2006, Conway Bown deployed to the Middle East as the Australian Army's Official War Artist, what the US Armed Forces call Combat Artist. This website features the artwork created during this project as part of the Australian Army's Official Art Scheme.

For more information on War Art, Combat Artists, Helicopter Underwater Escape Training (HUET), Emergency Breathing Systems (EBS) or Crew Resource Management (CRM), please visit the relevant webpages:

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