• Hero of Ambon

    Friday 27 January 2017 by Kerrie Leech.

    VX35406 Driver William Thomas Doolan, 2/21st Australian Infantry Battalion.

    This week marks the 75th anniversary of the Fall of Ambon. The Japanese landed on the island of Ambon on 30 January 1942. Within a few days the small Australian garrison, overcome by the size of the invading force, had surrendered. The fate of these Australian soldiers was varied, but history records that over three-quarters of them would not survive the war. Some of these men’s stories can be told through the collections of the Australian War …

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  • Exploring the Archives: Prisoner of War statements from the First World War

    Wednesday 25 January 2017 by . 1 comments

    AWM30 B17.1 [cropped] Stated by 1007 Cpl J O’Grady, 4th Army Medical Corps attached to the Australian Naval and Military Expeditionary Force. He was taken prisoner on 6 August 1917 when the journey to Rabaul was surprised by the German Raider Wolf.

    AWM30 Prisoner of War Statements.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.AWM30 B17.1 Stated by 1007 Cpl J O’Grady, 4th Army Medical Corps attached to the Australian Naval and Military Expeditionary Force. He was taken prisoner on 6 August 1917 when the …

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  • Keeping the wheels turning

    Tuesday 24 January 2017 by David Gist. 2 comments

    After a brief hiatus, the Australian War Memorial’s exhibition Remember me: the lost diggers of Vignacourt has opened at the Glasshouse in Port Macquarie, the first of nine venues across regional Australia. Public interest in the collection of images captured by Louis and Antoinette Thuillier is likewise being renewed, and these images continue to reward careful study.From their makeshift photographic studio in the village of Vignacourt the …

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

    Thursday 19 January 2017 by Stuart Bennington. 11 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 . 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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  • Exploring the Archives: Operations files from the First World War

    Friday 16 December 2016 by . 2 comments

    AWM26 Operations files.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…

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  • 25 years volunteering at the Memorial

    Tuesday 6 December 2016 by . 2 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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