• 'From the Infantry', a poem by Sergeant Derek Evans 6RAR

    Thursday 19 January 2017 by Stuart Bennington. 6 comments

    The first few lines of the Poem

    The first few lines of the poemThe Australian War Memorial is currently undertaking a project to display a range of new content on its website. As part of this project, we are hoping to digitise and make available onlineselected material related to Australian service in Vietnam. We are seeking contact with Sergeant Derek Evans 52843 of 6RAR, who wrote the poem titled From the Infantry. If you can help please contact Stuart Bennington via …

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  • 75th Anniversary AIF Malaya first contact with Japanese - Gemencheh Bridge, 14 January 1942

    Friday 13 January 2017 by Craig Berelle. 2 comments

    This blog recalls the 75th anniversary of the day in 1942 when members of B Coy, 2/30th Battalion, seized an opportunity as the first Australian ground force to clash with the Japanese and blow a vital bridge at Gemencheh, in the state of Negri Sembilan, Malaya.By allowing a small element of Japanese to cross over and continue east toward the town of Gemas, the Australians intended to bring to bear the strength of the main force battalion, with …

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  • Highlight on official records of the First World War: AWM26 Operations files, 1914-18 War

    Friday 16 December 2016 by Craig Berelle. 2 comments

    Highlight on the official records of the First World War is a centenary program of posts highlighting those records created 100 years ago, whythey exist and how we can help make these essential records available for research purposes.Function and provenanceThis group of records was collated in its present form by the staff of the Australian War Memorial (AWM) in the 1920s and 1930s to facilitate certain working requirements of the Official …

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  • 25 years volunteering at the Memorial

    Tuesday 6 December 2016 by . 1 comments

    Bob Fletcher (left) helping visitors with their research in the Memorial’s Research Centre

    Bob Fletcher, a veteran who served with 2 RAR in Malaya between 1955 and 1957 has reached 25 years volunteering in the Memorial’s Research Centre. Working from the Memorial’s galleries and Reading Room, Bob has helped thousands of visitors to research their family and service history. He has also worked tirelessly behind the scenes in the archive. Bob has catalogued over 5000 files related of the Headquarters, 1st Australian Task Force …

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  • Art of Nation: Mapping field sketches

    Friday 2 December 2016 by Emily Wubben. 1 comments

    Will Longstaff, Amiens Cathedral, 23 July 1918

    The majority of the artworks included in ‘Art of Nation’ will be field sketches, pinned to the location they depict, so users will be able to follow the journeys of the First World War official war artists and explore the location ‘then and now’ in Google maps. Mapping the field sketches was fascinating; for some it was straightforward but for others in-depth detective work was required. George Benson, Frank Crozier, James Fraser Scott …

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  • Mephisto

    Wednesday 30 November 2016 by Andrew Currey.

    On the morning of 24 April 1918, 13 German A7V tanks in three groups left the town of Marcelcave to attack the British lines in and between the towns of Villers-Bretonneux and Cachy. This was the largest number of A7Vs ever deployed in the one operation in the First World War. Supporting regiments of two German divisions, the attack was mostly successful, though by the following dawn Villers-Bretonneux was in Australian hands. On a day which saw …

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  • Terry's biscuits

    Wednesday 30 November 2016 by Dianne Rutherford. 12 comments

    Terry 'Snow' Hendle (image courtesy of the Hendle family)On 29 November 1966 Lance Corporal Terry Hendle received a tin of homemade Anzac biscuits from his Mum, Adelaide. Terry had been with the 6th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment (6RAR) in Vietnam for six months, beginning his tour of duty on 31 May. He was serving near Nui Dat as part of Operation Ingham, a Search and Destroy mission that took place between 18 November and 3 December …

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  • Highlight on official records of the First World War: AWM25 Written Records, 1914-18 War

    Thursday 24 November 2016 by Craig Berelle.

    AWM25 213/7

    Highlight on the official records of the First World War is a centenary program of posts highlighting those records created 100 years ago, whythey exist and how we can help make these essential records available for research purposes.AWM25 213/7Function and provenanceIt was not until the beginning of 1917 that any steps towards the collection of the historical records of the Australian Imperial Force (AIF) were taken. From the beginning of the …

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  • ‘Lost with all hands’: HMAS Sydney II, 19 November 1941.

    Saturday 19 November 2016 by Kerry Neale. 6 comments

    Starboard side view of the cruiser HMAS Sydney II, August 1941.

    75 years ago, on 19 November 1941, HMAS Sydney II, a light cruiser of the Royal Australian Navy, was lost following a battle with the German raider HSK Kormoran off the Western Australian coast. The loss of the Sydney with its 645 crew remains Australia’s worst naval disaster. The Kormoran was also sunk, but 317 of its crew of 397 were rescued. Starboard side view of the cruiser HMAS Sydney II, …

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  • On this day: 11 November 1916

    Wednesday 9 November 2016 by .

    On 11 November 1918 the guns fell silent. However, on 11 November 1916, one hundred years to this day, the end was nowhere in sight. Some 38,000 Australians were yet to lose their lives, almost twice the numberalreadylost since the war had started in 1914. The Australians had already given their all on the scrub-laced hills of Gallipoli, in the waterlogged trenches of Fromelles, and the cratered hellscape of Pozieres. No one could deny that …

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