• Anzac Connections

    Wednesday 16 April 2014 by Robyn van Dyk. 2 comments

    Bringing historic documents from the Australian War Memorial’s archive to all Australians The first 150 collections of private records related to individuals who served in the First World War are now online and hold a wealth of stories. In the centenary year of the First World War, the Memorial has launched one of its major commemorative projects to make available the rare historic personal records of Australians who served. ANZAC Connections …

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  • Confiscated by the Nazis in 1938, 13 First World War posters make exciting additions to the Memorial’s world class poster collection.

    Wednesday 16 April 2014 by .

    Pal Sujan, Országos Hadigondozó Kiállitás [National Exhibition of War-Invalid Care], 1917

    Pal Sujan, Országos Hadigondozó Kiállitás [National Exhibition of War-Invalid Care], 1917 ARTV10347 In November 2013 the Memorial purchased 13 First World War (FWW) posters at auction in New York. The posters are notable additions to the Memorial’s world class poster collection not only for their aesthetic and historic values but also for their extraordinary provenance. All …

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  • Collection Detection #8

    Tuesday 15 April 2014 by John Holloway.

    What is it? Examine this object and tell us what you think it is in the comments.(Hint: It was found at Shrapnel Gully, Gallipoli, in 1918.) We will post the answer and the full story next week! This is #8 in the Education team's Collection Detection series, where we look at an unusual collection item and the story behind it.

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  • Australian forces to be remembered at international history conference

    Monday 14 April 2014 by Emma Campbell.

    Troops of A Company, 61st Infantry Battalion, move out on patrol at Warapa on Bougainville Island, in February 1945.

    The often criticised role of Australian forces during the final 12 months of the Second World War will be examined at an international conference of leading historians and academics being held on the 70th anniversary of the period. At the conference 1944: seventy years on, convened this month by the respected Second World War journal Global War Studies at Britain’s Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst, Australian War Memorial senior historian Dr …

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  • Patrol Bases of Uruzgan

    Friday 11 April 2014 by Stephanie Boyle.

    .. We’ve had seven contacts, and 29 cache finds in the last three to four months.. we’ve killed three insurgents.. so it’s a quite active area. In 2011, the Memorial's official cinematographer John Martinkus travelled from Australia’s base in Tarin Kot, Afghanistan, to Patrol Base Samad, a small and simply constructed outpost where Australian troops train and mentor Afghan National Army members, and Patrol Base MirwaisSet the task of …

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  • 'The Woman Who Threw Japs'

    Friday 11 April 2014 by Lucy Robertson. 5 comments

    The embroidered Lunghwa tablecloth which depicts a map of the internment camp, surrounded by approximately 800 signatures.

    The embroidered Lunghwa tablecloth which depicts a map of the internment camp, surrounded by approximately 800 signatures. RELAWM32380 On a slow news day in Perth in 1950, an article appeared in The Daily News with the eye-catching title of ‘The Woman Who Threw Japs’. The Daily News reported of a Russian woman who had tackled and ‘thrown’ three Japanese prison guards while …

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  • The battle for Normandy: 70 years on

    Tuesday 8 April 2014 by Emma Campbell. 2 comments

    Photographer Robert Capas famous image of American troops on Omaha Beach during the Normandy D-Day landings on 6 June 1944.

    Photographer Robert Capas famous image of American troops on Omaha Beach during the Normandy D-Day landings on 6 June 1944. P06125.001 The battle for Normandy was one of the greatest military campaigns of the modern era, and this year marks the 70th anniversary of the fight to liberate Western Europe from Nazi occupation. The Memorial’s Wartime magazine is commemorating the D-Day …

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  • Deploying to the MEAO - Day 27

    Monday 7 April 2014 by Alison Wishart.

    Tigger and a purple monkey cling to the medical flagpole at AMAB

    Day 27: Under her wings Our one hour flight from Bahrain to Dubai turned into an 11 hour endurance test. After spending most of the night in the air waiting for a freak cyclone to ease and in the Bahrain transit lounge, we finally made it back to AMAB (Al Minhad Air Base) safely. Rain is rare in the Middle East, but it has rained in every place we have visited. We seem to be taking it with us. I wonder if it will be raining in Canberra when we …

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  • Deploying to the MEAO - Day 28

    Monday 7 April 2014 by Alison Wishart.

    Vanilla slice

    Day 28: Decompression My room mate said to me at 9pm last night: "I feel like I should be doing something, that I should be working! I'm allfidgetyand I can't sit still". She keeps checking her right hip for her pistol and her left hip for her military ID that she had to carry at all times on base. She has just returned to AMAB (Al Minhad Air Base) after spending six busy months working on logistics in Kabul. She worked 12 hour days that were …

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  • Deploying to the MEAO - Day 29

    Monday 7 April 2014 by Alison Wishart.

    Discarded, dusty boots at AMAB

    Day 29: homecoming rituals Today was our final day in the MEAO (Middle East Area of Operations) - tomorrow we start the trek home on a chartered A340. One of the homecoming rituals is sorting through your kit and cleaning off the dust of Afghanistan. The laundry whirs as people wash and scrub everything so that it will pass the quarantine inspection. Some boots are too down-trodden to be taken home. Discarded, dusty boots at AMAB Another RTA …

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