Tuesday 14 August 2007 by Craig Tibbitts. 21 comments
Infantry attack in Polygon Wood by Fred Leist ART02927 The Third Battle of Ypres (a.k.a the Battle of Passchendaele) that began on 31 July 1917 was a series of pushes from the Ypres Salient eastwards to the village of Passchendaele atop the final ridge. The Australian infantry first became involved on 20 September in the Battle of Menin Road, spearheaded by the 1st and 2nd Australian Divisions in the centre, with five British …
Monday 13 August 2007 by Mal Booth.
In this post I will begin to cover my second trip to London in late June 2006 to negotiate Emir Feisal and bodyguard heading northwards to Wejh loans from the UK, mostly for the Lawrence side of our exhibition. It really was a great priviledge to be able to do this and to return to London so soon after my quick visit over Easter to see the IWM's Lawrence exhibition. Museum's are not made of money and this trip was made possible …
Friday 10 August 2007 by Mal Booth.
A while back, one of our regular readers was talking to me about what we were doing and expressed some surprise at what effort is going into this exhibition. He said that he thought we just went out the back and grabbed things to put into cabinets and presto, an exhibition is born. Well, words to that effect. Others have emailed me recently about being interested in what goes into putting our exhibitions together. The process isn't actually that …
Friday 10 August 2007 by Craig Tibbitts. 2 comments
10 August - Year of bloodshed best not forgotten, The Sydney Morning Herald 10 August - Exhibition evokes cruel days of 1917, The Canberra Times 11 August - Miners of Messines, The Australian
Friday 10 August 2007 by Craig Tibbitts. 1 comments
Last night the Australian War Memorial's latest special exhibition, To Flanders Fields, 1917 was officially launched. A large gathering of invited guests saw the Chairman of the Council of the Australian War Memorial, Major General Adrian Clunies-Ross AO MBE (Ret'd), give the opening address and introduce the guest speakers. The Ambassador for Belgium, His Excellency Mr Frank Carruet gave a sincere and heart-felt speech, followed by The …
Thursday 9 August 2007 by Craig Tibbitts.
Just a reminder that this exhibition will open here at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra tomorrow - Friday 10 August. Admission to the Memorial and this exhibition is free. Hope you can come and see it. Check our web page 'Planning your visit' Also check out online, an excerpt (nearly 3 mins) from the exhibition's 15 minute film /blog.awm.gov.au/awm/2007/08/06/exhibition-film-preview/
Monday 6 August 2007 by Craig Tibbitts. 2 comments
The exhibition will feature a 15 minute film, based on the photographic and film work of Captain Frank Hurley, Official War Photographer during the Ypres-Passchendaele Offensive. This is a short excerpt from that film (2 mins 43 secs). [MEDIA=1] Title: To Flanders Fields, 1917: through the eyes of Frank Hurley Produced by: the Australian War Memorial Producer: Ray McJannett Sound sound effects: Lenny Preston Original music: Antoni Rudnicki …
Friday 3 August 2007 by Craig Tibbitts. 4 comments
The following extract is from C. E. W. Bean’s Official History, Volume IV, pp 729-730. It highlights an often overlooked branch of the AIF during their most gruelling trial at Ypres during 1917. Going into action by H. Septimus Power ART03329 From the August fighting [at Ypres in 1917], the Australian infantry was so fortunate as to be spared, but the detached artillery bore its share. That of the 2nd Division, whose new …
Wednesday 1 August 2007 by Craig Tibbitts. 3 comments
Swamp around Zonnebeke, Oct 1917 (E01200) E01200 When considering the Battle of Passchendaele in 1917, what immediately springs to mind is a desolate, shattered landscape of mud. So when looking through the photographs of this battle here on the blog, and in the exhibition, it may be puzzling that some depict this morass with men and horses up to their waists in mud, yet many others show a rather dry and dusty landscape. The …
Friday 13 July 2007 by Mal Booth.
A while back, actually a long while back, I promised to enlighten you about a couple of inspiring things that I saw in London in 2006 during my visits to view the IWM's Lawrence of Arabia, the Life, the Legend exhibition and to negotiate our UK loans. So after a long delay and absolutely no requests to read the second part of my story, here it is. I must tell you that what I've written below were my impressions, recorded in London over Easter …