• Mystery Japanese sine wave diagram

    Thursday 23 July 2015 by Stuart Bennington. 6 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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  • Lost Diggers from the West

    Wednesday 3 June 2015 by David Gist. 1 comments

    The exhibition ‘Remember me: the lost diggers of Vignacourt’ is about to commence a 12-month tour of Western Australia. In a happy coincidence, the Australian War Memorial is delighted to announce the identification of two more diggers from this collection. They both appear in this photograph that includes battalion mascot Jenny the monkey, which has proven to be a popular image with exhibition visitors.…

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  • Forthcoming publication of the Changi book

    Thursday 28 May 2015 by Lachlan Grant.

    To mark the 70th anniversary of the end of the Second World War in August 2015, the Australian War Memorial is publishing a book featuring a large collection of essays, collection items, works of art and photographs from Changi prisoner-of-war camp. For this publication we are reproducing parts of the following collection: https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/3DRL/0369/ In regard to this particular publication, we are seeking to contact the …

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  • Understanding Australian Identity Discs Part 1 : First World War

    Friday 22 May 2015 by Dianne Rutherford. 5 comments

    Pattern 1907 identity disc with August 1914 format details stamped.

    OFFICIAL IDENTITY DISCS During the First World War there were threetypes of identity discs issued to those serving in the Australian Imperial Force [AIF]. Those serving in the Royal Australian Navy were not issued with identity discs (excluding members of the Royal Australian Naval Bridging Train, who do appear to have been issued with official identity discs), although somewore private purchase or improvised ones and I have come across one …

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