• For Valentine’s Day - The airman who married the general’s daughter

    Monday 14 February 2011 by . 4 comments

    Recently, I have been working on the papers of Field Marshal the Lord Birdwood, the First World War British General who commanded the Australian Corps for much of the First World War (including at Gallipoli). Amongst the papers, donated by the Birdwood family in the 1960s, I have found a story I think is suitable for a Valentine’s Day blog entry. My research is continuing but it was the romantic notion of ‘The airman who married the …

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  • Tobruk Diaries: Preparing to move - Reprimands, Promotions and Confessions

    Monday 14 February 2011 by .

    Cosgriff's Diary: Friday 14th February 1941 Pro pace [For peace].  Only Horan and Carroll at Mass.  Lecture on Arabic – too hard for me.  Tim and Owen here for lunch.  Visited McCormack and Ronald.  Hours too long at evening meets.  Arthur Amies the only one working.  Horan filling his torch.   Bryant's Diary: Saturday 15th February 1941 Finished the instruction at the 2/15th Bn.   Cosgriff's Diary: Saturday 15th February 1941 Pino …

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  • Japanese Ha-Go tank conservation - Part two

    Thursday 10 February 2011 by John Kemister. 2 comments

    Three months into this phase of the project has seen significant progress on both the external and internal conservation of the tank. Externally, all original armour plate components have been repaired. Replica plating has been fitted to replace inaccurate or missing components, with some plates requiring considerable modification to fit this individual tank, and to correct minor errors in externally supplied fabrications.  All the original …

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  • Tobruk Diaries: Doing our jobs...

    Monday 7 February 2011 by .

    Cosgriff's Diary: Friday 7th February 1941 Fallen soldiers.  Letters from Aileen, Elsa, home (2), Dr Pascal. Tom missed out on mail – sent cable.  Pay day 13 pounds short.  Alex this arvo with Len.  Bath in Errington’s bath-room.  Met Sam Johnston at Windsor Hotel.  Found whereabouts of Owen Steele.  Coffee with Campbell and Honils.  Home at 12:30.    Bryant's Diary: Saturday 8th February 1941 Appointed a Bren instructor for a …

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  • Lockheed Hudson - Support structure fitout begins.

    Tuesday 1 February 2011 by Jamie Croker. 3 comments

    The aft turret support bulkhead was fitted to the fuselage late last week, and is the first major peice of the turret support structure to be completed and installed.  The installation of this bulkhead will give the structural integrity to allow the removal of damaged and modified floor structure, and the continuing installation of support structure further forward in the fuselage. Rear fuselage prior to installation of rear …

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  • Tobruk Diaries: The 'Adventure' Begins

    Monday 31 January 2011 by .

    For the Introduction and Glossary for this blog go to: /education/tobruk_diaries/index.asp   Owen Thomas Cosgriff Owen Thomas Cosgriff was born 21 December 1907 in Korumburra, Victoria.  In his adult years he moved to Brunswick, Victoria, where he lived until his enlistment with the 2/4th Australian General Hospital (A.G.H), AIF, (Australian General Hospital) in Caulfield.  In December 1940, Cosgriff left Melbourne aboard the Maurentania bound…

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  • Howse family pay tribute to first Australian awarded the Victoria Cross

    Thursday 20 January 2011 by LEUT Debra Holland.

    Three generations of the Howse family at the Hall of Valour Accompanied by her own children and grandchildren, Canberra identity Mrs Valerie Howse OAM  came to the Australian War Memorial recently to tour the newly opened Hall of Valour and to pay tribute to her late father-in-law, Major General Neville Reginald Howse VC KCB KCMG, honoured as the first Australian to be awarded the Victoria Cross  in 1900 during the Boer …

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  • Records of the Royal Australian Corps of Signals

    Monday 17 January 2011 by Craig Berelle.

    Official Records is pleased to announce that arrangement and description of the records of the Royal Australian Corps of Signals are now complete. The records have been assigned the series number AWM277, and are catalogued to the National Archives of Australia database, RecordSearch. AWM277 [828] file cover from one of the oversize items in the series Background The basis of this series is the documentation created by units of…

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  • Sir John Monash's German Shoulder Strap Collection

    Tuesday 4 January 2011 by Dianne Rutherford.

      RELAWM15049.004 : Shoulder straps for 233rd Field Artillery Regiment, 37, 24 and 151 Fussartillerie (Foot Artillery) Battalions and 69th Field Artillery Regiment Among the items collected by Sir John Monash during the First World War are over 200 German shoulder straps worn by men who fought against the AIF in 1918. Single shoulder straps were routinely removed from dead or captured Germans for intelligence purposes so …

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  • Christmas Dinner During War

    Thursday 23 December 2010 by Kathryn Hicks. 2 comments

    When we think of Christmas we think of presents, decorations and most importantly Christmas dinner. What was Christmas dinner like for those at war? Private Charles Bennett (PR04245) writes in his letters home about the Christmas dinner he had in an English camp in 1916. He had: Turkey, Ham, Roast Potato, Peas, Parsnips, Xmas pudding, Café au Lait, apples, orange, bananas, saffron cakes, mince pies Lieutenant Donald Armstrong (1DRL/0057) in …

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