Thursday 27 June 2013 by Eleni Holloway. No comments.
Collection, Personal Stories

Black bearskin headdress 4th Battalion Royal FusiliersCaptain Frederick Steele’s bearskin headdress. Source: AWM Collection REL38444.001

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Wednesday 26 June 2013 by Marylou Pooley. No comments.

the roll of honour in the memorial's commemorative areaThe Roll of Honour in the Memorial's commemorative area

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Friday 21 June 2013 by Jacob Lessmann. 1 comments.
Collection Halifax MK3, Royal Australian Air Force, Casualties, Second World War

P01523.012 One of the 462 Squadron Halifax crew members. P01523.012

My name is Jacob Lessmann. I am 15 years old and had the opportunity to work in Military Heraldry & Technology section for a week.

On the night of 16/17 April 1945, Halifax MZ467 of 462 Squadron, RAAF, embarked from the RAF base at Foulsham, UK at 2358 hours [11:58pm] to carry out a flight over Augsburg, Germany. Ten aircraft from the squadron took part in the mission and of these only MZ467 did not return. Six of the aircraft took part in a feint window attack on Augsburg and the other four operated with the main force.

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A fateful flight : Australian Navigator takes control of his aircraft flying at low level after pilot killed. He has never flown an aircraft before, let alone one with multiple engines and one that is damaged, barely above the water and in the dark. He successfully navigates and flies the aircraft with remaining four crew back to base. Without stalling the aircraft he climbs over the base and his crew mates safely parachute jump. He then safely crash lands the aicraft just after midnight, bringing the body of his pilot back to base and saving his own live. Awarded the second highest gallantry medal to the Victoria Cross for air or naval operations, the Conspicious Gallantry Medal for his actions. Continued to serve in the Air Force, flying in a diverse range of aircraft including gliders and bombers in the United Kingdom for the remainder of the war. Meets and marries his wife in the United Kingdom in 1944, he survives the war and returns to Australia to start a family and resume his career as an architect.

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Friday 31 May 2013 by Nick Crofts. 3 comments.
First World War Centenary, ANZAC Connections

The Australian War Memorial is currently undertaking a project to create a comprehensive digital archive of the ANZACs and their deeds, and of the wider Australian experience of war. The collections selected for this project will reflect the experiences of Australian servicemen, nurses and civilians during the First World War, not just well-known personalities. This project will digitally preserve the Memorial’s collections as well as provide full copies for research on the Memorial’s website.

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Monday 27 May 2013 by Emma Campbell. 2 comments.
News

The horror of hellships, death marches, and starvation, and the drama of great escapes, has shaped the public perception of Australian prisoners of war.  But there is a more complex story, and the thousands held in captivity during the two world wars and the Korean war cannot define their internment only by these experiences. 

Leading historians, veterans, and family members will present new research on what it was like to be an Australian prisoner of war at a conference to be held in Canberra next week.

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Friday 17 May 2013 by Meagan Nihill. 7 comments.
ANZAC Connections Volunteers

This week is National Volunteer Week. Much invaluable work is undertaken by volunteers at the Memorial, and last Friday marked the beginning of a new volunteer project within the Research Centre.

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Friday 17 May 2013 by Nick Crofts. No comments.
First World War Centenary, ANZAC Connections

ANZAC Connections: Centenary digitisation project

 

The Australian War Memorial is currently undertaking a project to create a comprehensive digital archive of the ANZACs and their deeds, and of the wider Australian experience of war. The collections selected for this project will reflect the experiences of Australian servicemen, nurses and civilians during the First World War, not just well-known personalities. This project will digitally preserve the Memorial’s collections as well as provide full copies for research on the Memorial’s website.

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Monday 13 May 2013 by Emma Campbell. 1 comments.
News

Australia’s 12-year commitment to the war in Afghanistan has been a mix of tragedy and triumph: soldiers have been killed, Victoria Crosses won, and security and services improved in some parts of the war-ravaged nation. By the end of 2014, international forces will have gone – but what legacy will they have left?

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Friday 10 May 2013 by Roxanne Truesdale. 4 comments.
First World War Centenary The ANZAC Book, Gallipoli

Hi, my name is Roxi Truesdale and for six weeks I have worked as a curatorial intern at the Australian War Memorial. During this time I have been involved with the Exhibitions team, where I have been researching all of the material that was written and drawn by soldiers for publication in The ANZAC Book.

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