• August at the Last Post Ceremony

    Monday 3 August 2015 by Jodi Hammond.

    There are some significant anniversaries to be commemorated at the Last Post Ceremony during the month of August, particularly related to the centenary of the August Offensive. For further information about the ceremonies, please view the Last Post Ceremony Calendar. Australia’s Federation Guard will be in attendance on the 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 15th and 19th August. At 4.00 pm on those dates, a catafalque party will mount a vigil at the …

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  • Understanding Australian Identity Discs Part 2 : Second World War, Royal Australian Navy

    Tuesday 28 July 2015 by Dianne Rutherford.

    Members of the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) in the First World War were not officially issued with identity discs. However, they were in the Second World War. In June 1939 Commonwealth Navy Order (CNO) 97 ordered that the RAN would follow the Royal Navy procedure laid down in Confidential Admiralty Fleet Order (AFO) 805/1939 that a single red circular compressed fibre disc would be issued to all naval personnel. Not everyone used the red fibre …

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  • Military helmets - an introduction

    Monday 27 July 2015 by Amanda Rebbeck. 1 comments

    External and internal views of a Helmet, Steel, Mark I

    This blog covers the basic aspects and some variants of helmets worn by the Australian Imperial Force (AIF) during the First World War and the Second AIF during the Second World War. First World War Between 1916 and 1918, on the Western Front, Australians wore the British issue steel helmet as head protection. This helmet was called The Helmet, Steel, Mark I but is also sometimes referred to as the Brodie steel helmet or the Brodie Mark I …

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  • Mystery Japanese sine wave diagram - blog

    Thursday 23 July 2015 by Stuart Bennington. 3 comments

    Occasionally the Official Records teamcomes across a document that leaves us completely baffled; this is one of them. Back when I started at the Memorial in January 2012 this was one of the items that were waiting for me. After asking around nobody appeared to know anything about it. It is almost certainly Japanese in origin due to the Japanese writing on it; and due to the age and paper is most likely to be of Second World War vintage. …

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  • Thank you!

    Tuesday 14 July 2015 by Robyn van Dyk.

    Officer checking a 1916 nominal roll

    Thank you forthe fantastic response to the appeal for assistance with the roll - we now have enough people to help finish the project. I will keep you all posted on the progress of the roll. Kind Regards, Robyn van Dyk Head, Research Centre. Are you interested in volunteering at the Australian War Memorial from home? Do you have some spare time in the next two months? The Memorial is seeking some volunteers to help finish the indexing of one …

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  • Pattern 1908 Web Equipment

    Tuesday 14 July 2015 by Eleni Holloway. 1 comments

    Pattern 1908 web equipment with water bottle and bayonet frog. The entrenching tool helve which should be positioned next to the bayonet frog is missing. This set of equipment was issued to Private William George Hoffman, 32 Battalion. Private Hoffman wore this web equipment during an attack on the Hindenburg Line near Bellicourt on 29 September to 1 October 1918. He returned to Australia in 1919. RELAWM07759.001

    Pattern 1908 web equipment with water bottle and bayonet frog. The entrenching tool helve which should be positioned next to the bayonet frog is missing. This set of equipment was issued to Private William George Hoffman, 32 Battalion. Private Hoffman wore this web equipment during an attack on the Hindenburg Line near Bellicourt on 29 September to 1 October 1918. He returned to Australia in 1919. …

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  • Second World War Escape and Evasion compasses

    Friday 10 July 2015 by Dianne Rutherford.

    Continuing from the blog about Escape Evasion mapsissued during the Second World War, escape compasses were the next important piece of equipment to be developed by MI9. These compasses were produced in a vast variety and were issued as part of escape kits, hidden in uniforms, in buttons or inside innocent looking everyday items. Below are examples of the main types of escape compasses issued during the Second World War. Swinger compass …

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  • Second World War Escape and Evasion maps

    Wednesday 8 July 2015 by Dianne Rutherford.

    Lamp shade made from MI9 maps.

    Quite a few people have examples of Second World War Escape Evasion (EE) maps in their homes. This document covers some of the basic aspects of the creation and issuing of EE maps during the Second World War. It is not a definitive history but is a starting point for those who hold or are interested in Second World War EE equipment. Lamp shade made from MI9 maps. REL34276 In …

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  • Linking Australian history to the English curriculum

    Thursday 18 June 2015 by Kathleen Cusack.

    Driver, the silky terrier.

    Driver, the silky terrier. A02639 “Nothing smells the same over here. I can no longer smell the pungent eucalypt trees. I can’t hear the screaming echoes of the white cockatoos that soar through smudgeless blue skies.” The wonderful thing about the Memorial’s collection is that it can be used as inspiration for lessons right across the curriculum, not just history. The …

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  • Re-uniting families with lost medals and other items

    Friday 12 June 2015 by Dianne Rutherford. 1 comments

    First World War trio.

    The Memorial is sometimes contacted by people wishing to return items they have found – often medals – to the family of the original recipients or users who served in the Australian Forces. Unfortunately, this can be quite a challenging and time consuming process and the Memorial does not have the resources to undertake such in-depth research for the public, nor do we have easy access to information about service people’s descendants. …

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