Memorial Articles

The Memorial boasts a staff of subject specialists in all aspects of military history and museum practice.

Our Blogs, Articles and our Encyclopedia allow our historians, curators, librarians and exhibition team to share their knowledge and information on Australian military history, the Memorial's vast collection, recent acquisitions, exhibitions and events.

Latest Blogs

  1. 'The fact Ted hung on and was able to survive is just amazing'

    03 February 2020

    Ted Buerckner spent three days in the middle of the ocean, clinging to a makeshift raft as the men around him died one by one and vanished beneath the waves.

  2. Operation Hammersley

    29 January 2020

    50th anniversary of Operation Hammersley 

    The operation begun on 10 February 1970 during the Vietnam War. It concluded on 9 March that same year. It was a costly operation for the 1st Australian Task Force which resulted in 12 men killed and 59 wounded. 


  3. 'I didn't think it would be like this'

    29 January 2020

    James Cronk can tell you the exact moment he landed on Tarakan during the Second World War.

  4. 'It’s always been something that absolutely mystified me - how in the hell we escaped that'

    20 January 2020

    Dr Robert Milford remembers the sound of 88mm shells cracking in the night sky around him as German anti-aircraft fire sought to bring down his Wellington bomber during the Second World War.

  5. 'It must have been absolutely horrific'

    13 January 2020

    David Cripps was just 22 years old when he was killed on board the "hellpship" Rakuyō-Maru more than 75 years ago.

  6. The evolution of military saddlery and harness

    09 January 2020

    Saddlery and harness equipment underwent significant evolution from the early 1800s to 1919 to adapt to tactical and technological changes in warfare. Gerard Hogan is undertaking research to allow curators and collectors to accurately identify this equipment and its parts.

  7. 8mm film - Conservation and Digitisation

    20 December 2019

    The Australian War Memorial’s collection of 8mm film dates to the 1930s and is a significant record of Australia’s military history. The fragile nature of this aging media means that without proper attention a part of our national story could easily be lost.

  8. 'It was just devastation in the family'

    16 December 2019

    Sergeant Melville Beckman Tyrrell was 21 years old when he and nine others went missing aboard Catalina aircraft A24-50 during the Second World War. Almost 76 years later, his grieving family would finally learn what happened to the Catalina that failed to return from its mission in September 1943.

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