• These boots are made for walking... too!

    Wednesday 23 June 2010 by Dianne Rutherford. 1 comments

    Late last year the Memorial received a pair of Second World War escape andevasion (EE)boots as part of a donation. We already held two pairs of 1943 Pattern EE bootsin the collection which were designed so that if an airman baled out or crash landed over enemy territory, he could cut away the suede upper with a concealed knife. This would turn his boots into 'civilian' style shoes to help him evade capture by the Germans. Neitherpair held by the…

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  • Wednesday 23rd June 1915- Diary of HV Reynolds

    Wednesday 23 June 2010 by Janice Farrer. 1 comments

    Please note: Care has been taken to transcribe these entries without alteration to preserve the original language of Herbert Vincent Reynolds. Soldiers on the beach at Anzac Cove. Some of the men are attending to daily duties while others are resting on the sand or swimming. P02647.026 ‘A large seaplane was flying around here at about 9am. There were a large number of us swimming at the cove at about 3pm when the enemy began to …

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  • Observations of a Film and Sound accessions officer...

    Tuesday 22 June 2010 by Kassandra Hobbs. 2 comments

    The many donations to the Australian War Memorial’s National Collection come in all shapes and sizes as well as conditions. Many collections are treasured family objects that are passed on through generations which represent stories of family members who were involved in Australia’s military commitments. Others are rescued from disposal centres or found in op shops and deposited to the Memorial from strangers who have no knowledge of the …

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  • Tuesday 22nd June 1915- Diary of HV Reynolds

    Tuesday 22 June 2010 by Janice Farrer.

    Please note: Care has been taken to transcribe these entries without alteration to preserve the original language of Herbert Vincent Reynolds. 'recto: Achi Baba, from Tommy's Trench, Helles; verso: The top of the Taurus Mountains' By George Lambert ART02849  ‘At about 2am an aeroplane could be heard flying overhead but it could not be seen. One of our new large planes flew over about 11am. The monitor appeared again at about 4pm…

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  • Monday 21st June 1915- Diary of HV Reynolds

    Monday 21 June 2010 by Janice Farrer.

    Please note: Care has been taken to transcribe these entries without alteration to preserve the original language of Herbert Vincent Reynolds.  A metal loophole plate used by the 1st Battalion, showing the marks of Turkish snipers' bullets. It had only been in position a few days. A01002 ‘During the night a heavy artillery action which has continued off and on during the day has been in progress down at Helles. The enemy …

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  • Sunday 20th June 1915- Diary of HV Reynolds

    Sunday 20 June 2010 by Janice Farrer.

    Please note: Care has been taken to transcribe these entries without alteration to preserve the original language of Herbert Vincent Reynolds.  Communion set in presentation case : Chaplain W E Dexter AIF REL34239   ‘Things have been very quiet today. A church service was held in our camp this evening. A couple of shells fell right in the track at Dawkins Point at 8.30pm, usually there are numbers passing the spot about that …

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  • Saturday 19th June 1915- Diary of HV Reynolds

    Saturday 19 June 2010 by Janice Farrer.

    Please note: Care has been taken to transcribe these entries without alteration to preserve the original language of Herbert Vincent Reynolds. Bronze statue of a First World War soldier wearing 'Anzac uniform' (bare torso, shorts made from cut down trousers, hat, boots and socks) carrying three four-gallon tins used for water storage and collection. ART14074 ‘One of our planes passed over here this morning and went down to the …

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  • Friday 18th June 1915- Diary of HV Reynolds

    Friday 18 June 2010 by Janice Farrer.

    Please note: Care has been taken to transcribe these entries without alteration to preserve the original language of Herbert Vincent Reynolds. Australian Army issue watch with leather wristband : Major I G Mackay, 4 Battalion AIF REL ‘This afternoon a Monitor shelled the enemy positions behind Kaba Tepe. At about 10pm the enemy guns in the Olive Grove fired a few shells at our stores in the cove, it is unusual for the enemy to …

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  • 1941 anniversary exhibition

    Friday 18 June 2010 by Karl James. 6 comments

      1941 was a year of battle. It was a time of victories and defeat. Australian soldiers, sailors, and airmen fought their first major battles of the Second World War in North Africa and in the Mediterranean. Australian and British troops won a series of early successes in Libya and later in Syria. But they also suffered greatly on mainland Greece and on Crete. When a rapid German offensive swept the British from Libya, all that stopped the …

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  • Thursday 17th June 1915- Diary of HV Reynolds

    Thursday 17 June 2010 by Janice Farrer.

    Please note: Care has been taken to transcribe these entries without alteration to preserve the original language of Herbert Vincent Reynolds.   British troops in the trenches at Ghurka Bluff in the Cape Helles area. H16497 ‘The enemy artillery has been rather active at times during the past week or so, otherwise things have been extremely quiet, especially in the trenches, it seems to be a deadlock as far as we are concerned at…

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