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. Battle of Passchendaele (Third Ypres)

    11 April 2007

    After mid-1917, and following mutinies in the over-strained French Army, the British Forces had to assume an even greater role in the war on the Western Front. For Field Marshal Sir Douglas Haig, the British commander-in-chief, this provided an opportunity to launch an offensive that he had long wanted.

  2. Battle of Messines

    11 April 2007

    The battle of Messines fought on 7 June 1917 was the first large-scale action involving Australian troops in Belgium and it also marked the entry of the 3rd Division into a major battle.

  3. Private Francis Joseph Mackey

    04 April 2007

    Learn about the life and death of Private Francis Joseph Mackey in WWI

  4. The Ypres lions

    04 April 2007

    Learn about the two large stone guardian lions from the Menin Gate, donated to the Australian War Memorial by the burgomaster of the Belgian city of Ypres in 1936. 

  5. The Menin Gate Memorial

    04 April 2007

    Learn about the The Menin Gate Memorial, recording the names of 55,000 'missing' soldiers in Belgium of WWI

  6. Private Walter Henry Chibnall

    04 April 2007

    Learn about the life and death of Private Walter Henry Chibnall in the First World War

  7. In Flanders Fields (the poem)

    04 April 2007

    Learn about the author of the poem, In Flanders Fields, which has endured as a symbol of the sacrifice of those who fought during the First World War and is particularly identified with the losses around the Ypres salient.

  8. The Battles for Bullecourt

    03 April 2007

    Four experienced Australian divisions of I ANZAC Corps were part of the British 5th Army under Sir Hubert Gough. The general wanted to attack at Bullecourt to support an important offensive by the adjoining British 3rd Army to the north and the French Army further to the south.

  9. Bapaume to Bullecourt: the fighting in France, 1917

    03 April 2007

    At the beginning of 1917 victory seemed nowhere in sight. However for a while, from late February, hopes were lifted. Along the Somme front line and elsewhere, the Germans began to withdraw several kilometres to their newly-developed defensive zone which the British dubbed “the Hindenburg Line”.

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