• The Drivers

    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 …

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  • Rain and Mud: the Ypres - Passchendaele Offensive

    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 …

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  • Viewing the IWM exhibition, Part Two

    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 …

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  • Commemoration - Latest news articles

    Friday 13 July 2007 by Craig Tibbitts. 1 comments

    Pilgrimage to Passchendaele: a killing field haunted by family memories, Telegraph (UK), 30 July 2007 Diggers remembered in Passchendaele ceremonies, ABC News (Australia), 13 July 2007 (includes online audio feature) Last Post sounds again at Passchendaele, but no old comrades are there to hear it.  The Times, 12 July 2007. Hell on Earth: The never before seen colour photographs of the bloody battle of Passchendaele, The Daily Mail, 12 July …

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  • Relief maps of the Western Front

    Friday 13 July 2007 by Dianne Rutherford. 2 comments

    The Memorial holds some very interesting three-dimensional relief maps made in 1919 by the Australian War Records Section (the parent organisation of the Australian War Memorial). They were made in London by men who were still in England, waiting to be repatriated home. Relief map of Zonnebeke area, Belgium Section 5AW, who created the maps was established sometime around December 1918 and was managed by Lieutenant Cyril Isaac. In…

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  • Thirty Years of an Artist's Life

    Thursday 12 July 2007 by Janda Gooding.

    Amy Lambert’s book In 1938 Amy Lambert produced a book titled G.W. Lambert, A.R.A. (Thirty years of an artist's life). Amy used a lot of personal correspondence from her husband including substantial accounts of his time working as a war artist in the Middle East and Gallipoli. Through these letters we get an insight into Lambert's working methods, his relationships to officers and troopers of the Light Horse, and his reactions …

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  • Victoria Crosses of 1917

    Thursday 12 July 2007 by Craig Tibbitts. 1 comments

    Victoria Cross The Victoria Cross is the highest British and Commonwealth award for acts of bravery in wartime. In the First World War 64 Australians were awarded this medal. During the battles of 1917 on the Western Front eighteen Australians won the Victoria Cross. Murray, VC P01465.004 Captain Henry William (Harry) Murray (13th Infantry Battalion, 4th Division AIF). 4-5 February 1917, at Stormy Trench, NE of …

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  • Study for Dead Trooper

    Monday 2 July 2007 by Ilaria Poli.

    George Lambert ‘Study for Dead Trooper and detail of Turkish trench, Gallipoli (pro Patria)’ 1919 ART02857 The majority of conservation treatments on paintings in the George Lambert: Gallipoli Palestine Landscapes exhibition were relatiavely straightforward. There were a few exceptions to this rule, one being Study for Dead Trooper and detail of Turkish trench, Gallipoli (pro Patria), oil on canvas, 1918. A lot of work …

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  • A Brief Military History of Flanders

    Wednesday 27 June 2007 by Craig Tibbitts. 2 comments

    For much of its history Flanders has been a strategically important area during the centuries of conflict in Europe.  Ypres, as a major town of the region and a wealthy economic centre, has often been a focal point of the fighting there.  Flanders’ location has also put it at the crossroads between long-time rivals England and France, and later as part of the Netherlands territories of other great powers, such as Spain and Austria.  …

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  • 90th Anniversary of the Battle of Arras

    Tuesday 26 June 2007 by Peter Burness. 3 comments

    While 11 April 1917 saw the launch of the first action at Bullecourt, on 9 April the larger Arras Offensive commenced.  The Arras Offensive of 1917 is often referred to as the Battle of Arras and is a significant battle honour more identified with the British Army.  This offensive does however also incorporate the smaller ‘battles’ and 'actions' of the Scarpe, of Vimy Ridge which the Canadians commemorate, and Bullecourt which Australians …

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