P01608.012 Colditz Castle was used as a prisoner of war camp for Allied prisoners who had attempted to escape from their German captors during the Second World War. The castle has captured popular imagination through the film 'The Colditz Story' (1955) based on P.R. Reid's book of the same name. P01608.012

Unknown to their captors, eight prisoners were huddled in a small office, waiting for the moment when they would finish the tunnel and escape from Colditz. They had been planning for this moment for over a month. But now their chance was slipping. It was midnight, 9 September 1942 and an alarm echoed throughout the castle. They could hear the footsteps of German officers approaching.

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Tuesday 11 February 2014 by John Holloway. 1 comments.
Education at the Memorial, News

Thank you to everyone who had a go at last week's Collection Detection, and congratulations to those who guessed (or searched!) correctly:

Answer:

It is a ‘Garland’ improvised trench mortar, found in the Australian trenches at Lone Pine, Gallipoli.

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Friday 7 February 2014 by Daniel Eisenberg. No comments.

The Australian War Memorial has been screening a selection of Second World War films as part of its Summer Film Series. On Sunday 2 February the classic film ‘The Dam Busters’ was screened.

To support the introduction last Sunday this brief showreel was put together by the Film and Sound section drawing upon items in the collection which relate to the Dambuster raid and lancaster bombers in general.

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Friday 7 February 2014 by Kathleen Cusack. 2 comments.
Education at the Memorial, Memorial box banter, News

The Australian War Memorial is fortunate to have nearly eighty Memorial Boxes situated across Australia. Twenty are stored on-site here in Canberra whilst the remainder are administered by the State Library of Queensland, Social Education Victoria, City of Fremantle, Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, Darwin Military Museum, State Library of South Australia, Albury City Library Museum, Western-Australian Museum and Museum of Tropical Queensland throughout the year.

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Thursday 6 February 2014 by John Holloway. 1 comments.
Education at the Memorial, News

Here in the Education section we love to know what you're working on in the classroom, or how you might have used some of our resources. Send in your pictures, poems, photos, or anything else you'd like to share to education@awm.gov.au. We'll feature a selection on our website every month.

Look forward to hearing from you!

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Tuesday 4 February 2014 by John Holloway. 11 comments.
Education at the Memorial, News

"What is it?"

Calling all teachers, students, and history buffs: test your observation and deduction with number five in our Collection Detection series. Tell us what you think this object is in the comments section below, and next week we will post the answer along with some questions for classroom research and discussion.

Hint: This object was found at Lone Pine in January 1919 by Lieutenant William Hopkins James.

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Tuesday 4 February 2014 by Craig Tibbitts. 6 comments.
First World War Centenary, Collection, Collection Highlights, ANZAC Voices, Personal Stories

This article was originally published in Inside History Magazine, Issue 20, Jan - Feb 2014. Find out more and subscribe to Inside History here.

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Monday 3 February 2014 by Gabrielle Considine. No comments.
First World War Centenary, Collection, Collection Highlights Sound Collection Online

The Australian War Memorial has remarkable hidden stories in its sound collection. This compilation of interview extracts reveals the lucky escapes of five men that served during the First World War. These men suffered wounds, sickness and witnessed the horrific casualties of war. They describe themselves to be the lucky ones.

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Tuesday 28 January 2014 by John Holloway. No comments.
Education at the Memorial, News

Thanks to everyone who submitted answers to last week's Collection Detection challenge either here on the blog or on our Facebook page. Well done to those who knew the answer!

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