• "Wartime" magazine feature on our exhibition

    Friday 2 November 2007 by Mal Booth.

    Wartime Cover #40 The Memorial's regularly published magazine Wartime has a cover story and major feature on our exhibition in the Wartime current issue (#40). We have four articles in this issue: Nigel Steel addresses the liberation of Damascus from the Turks in October 1918. Credit has mostly been given to Feisal's Arabs and Lawrence was responsible for this claim as that is what he said in Seven Pillars of Wisdom. Nigel points…

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  • The charge of the 4th Light Horse Brigade at Beersheba

    Tuesday 30 October 2007 by Robyn Van-Dyk. 2 comments

    The battle of Beersheba took place on 31 October 1917 as part of the wider British offensive collectively known as the third Battle of Gaza. The final phase of this all day battle was the famous mounted charge of the 4th Light Horse Brigade. Commencing at dusk, members of the brigade stormed through the Turkish defences and seized the strategic town of Beersheba. The capture of Beersheba enabled British Empire forces to break the Ottoman line …

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  • Slouch hat memorial at Bullecourt

    Monday 29 October 2007 by Guy Olding.

    Photo courtesy of the Department of Veterans' Affairs. A bronze slouch hat must be a unique commemorative device. A Bullecourt school teacher, Claude Durand, began to translate Charles Bean’s account of the battles, partly for his own interest, partly for the benefit of his students. He was struck by the scale of the British and Australian casualties and realised that they had no local memorial. He and the mayor Jean Letaille …

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  • Pillbox fighting in the Ypres Salient

    Monday 22 October 2007 by Craig Tibbitts. 5 comments

    Australian troops resting behind a conspicuous pillbox, south east of Anzac Ridge in the Ypres sector, 26 September 1917 E00898 A key feature of the battlefield between Ypres and Passchendaele in 1917 was the pillbox.  Along with the dreadful conditions and intense artillery bombardments, pillboxes forced a particularly grim situation upon the combatants that led to very bitter and costly fighting. The Germans had begun a program…

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  • Photos from the exhibition

    Monday 15 October 2007 by Craig Tibbitts. 2 comments

    I should have done this ages ago, but as the saying goes, 'better late than never...' These are just a few snaps I took of the exhibition today. The entrance to the exhibition featuring Frank Hurley's well-known photograph A replica cast of the 'Big Digger' stands guard near the exhibition's entrance. The real statue stands atop the Bullecourt Memorial Portraits and uniform jackets of two …

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  • Our exhibition process to date

    Thursday 11 October 2007 by Mal Booth.

    September was a really busy month for us. We all had to meet deadlines for text, get the initial design concepts endorsed by management and write essays for magazines and our catalogue. So, just in case you are interested in what has gone on so far, here is a pretty comprehensive listing of the process and a few images we have taken along the way. Several senior staff from the Memorial viewed the IWM Lawrence of Arabia: The life, the legend …

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  • Passchendaele: an almost universal experience

    Saturday 6 October 2007 by Craig Tibbitts. 1 comments

    Australian troops with German prisoners E00754 Along with the intensity of the fighting, the horrendous conditions and the heavy losses of Passchendaele, there is another reason why this campaign universally symbolises such great loss, tragedy and futility above others of the First World War.  This is simply because such a high percentage of men experienced it.  During the three and a half months it lasted, just over fifty …

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  • Five diggers laid to rest today

    Thursday 4 October 2007 by Craig Tibbitts. 3 comments

    The remains of five AIF soldiers will be laid to rest today with full military honours in the Buttes New British Cemetery at Polygon Wood, Belgium.  The remains were discovered by chance in September 2006 during roadwork and pipe-laying excavations near the small village of Westhoek.  This is situated in the middle of the dreaded Ypres-Passchendaele Salient where up to half a million casualties on both sides fell, of which tens of thousands …

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  • 1917: a momentous year

    Tuesday 25 September 2007 by Craig Tibbitts.

    Lloyd George Russian Revolution Zimmermann Telegram USA enters the war Battle of Caporetto Tanks on the Western Front Battle of Beersheba The U-Boat war in the Atlantic When contemplating any event, even large ones such as the Third Battle of Ypres (Passchendaele) or the campaign on the Western Front, it is always …

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  • Exhibition Catalogue now available

    Wednesday 29 August 2007 by Craig Tibbitts.

    A catalogue of the To Flanders Fields, 1917 exhibition is now available.  It's 44-pages, is illustrated and sells for AUD $7.95.  It can be purchased at the Memorial's shop or online. Exhibition catalogue

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