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Latest Blogs

  1. Introduction to Focus: war & photography 1945-2006

    26 October 2006

    On 6 August 1945, when the atomic bomb was unleashed above the city of Hiroshima, the world changed forever. Photographs of the devastation brought home in raw detail the shocking power of this ultimate weapon.

  2. Handbook of the Turkish Army

    10 October 2006

    Learn about the history of a rare book in the Australian War Memorials collection

  3. Australians and D-Day

    06 June 2004

    In the early hours of Tuesday 6 June 1944 British and American paratroops landed in the fields of Normandy. At dawn thousands of British, Canadian and American troops landed on the beaches. 6 June 1944 became “D-Day”, the target date on which a vast Allied military, air and naval force began the long-awaited Allied invasion and liberation of Nazi-occupied Europe.

  4. The Australian Submarine, AE2

    30 April 2003

    Early on the morning of 26 April 1915 Sir Ian Hamilton, the commander of the Mediterranean Expeditionary force, having launched the Gallipoli operation less than 24 hours earlier, was faced with recommendations to re-embark his force. As deliberations continued through the small hours, a signal arrived. The Australian submarine AE2 had made its way through the Dardanelles and was threatening Turkish shipping approaching that narrow waterway from the Sea of Marmora.

  5. Remembering 1942: HMAS Armidale

    01 December 2002

    This is one of a series of Roll of Honour talks to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the events of 1942 and this afternoon I will be speaking about what happened to the men who were on board the corvette, HMAS Armidale when she was sunk off Timor on 1 December that year.

  6. Remembering 1942: The end of the Kokoda campaign

    01 November 2002

    On this day in 1942 Australian troops were closing on Kokoda, the village on the northern side of the Owen Stanley Range which gave its name to one of the epic battles of the war in the Pacific.

  7. Remembering 1942: The Battle of El Alamein

    23 October 2002

    El Alamein was one of the great battles of the Second World War, and is frequently described as a turning-point of that conflict.

  8. Remembering 1942: Milne Bay

    05 September 2002

    Originally presented by Dr Peter Londey, on Thursday 5 September 2002 beside the Roll of Honour at the Memorial, as part of the Roll of Honour Talks series.

  9. Remembering 1942: The Loss of HMAS Canberra

    09 August 2002

    Originally presented by Dr Chris Clark on Friday, 9 August 2002 beside the Roll of Honour at the Memorial, as part of the Roll of Honour Talks series.

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