• Highlight on official records of the First World War: AWM30 Prisoner of War Statements, 1914-18 War

    Wednesday 25 January 2017 by Craig Berelle. 1 comments

    AWM30 B17.1 [cropped] Stated by 1007 Cpl J O’Grady, 4th Army Medical Corps attached to the Australian Naval and Military Expeditionary Force. He was taken prisoner on 6 August 1917 when the journey to Rabaul was surprised by the German Raider Wolf.

    Highlight on the official records of the First World War is a centenary program of posts highlighting those records created 100 years ago, whythey exist and how we can help make these essential records available for research purposes.AWM30 B17.1 Stated by 1007 Cpl J O’Grady, 4th Army Medical Corps attached to the Australian Naval and Military Expeditionary Force. He was taken prisoner on 6 August 1917 when the journey to Rabaul was surprised by…

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  • 75th Anniversary AIF Malaya first contact with Japanese - Gemencheh Bridge, 14 January 1942

    Friday 13 January 2017 by Craig Berelle. 2 comments

    This blog recalls the 75th anniversary of the day in 1942 when members of B Coy, 2/30th Battalion, seized an opportunity as the first Australian ground force to clash with the Japanese and blow a vital bridge at Gemencheh, in the state of Negri Sembilan, Malaya.By allowing a small element of Japanese to cross over and continue east toward the town of Gemas, the Australians intended to bring to bear the strength of the main force battalion, with …

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  • Highlight on official records of the First World War: AWM26 Operations files, 1914-18 War

    Friday 16 December 2016 by Craig Berelle. 2 comments

    Highlight on the official records of the First World War is a centenary program of posts highlighting those records created 100 years ago, whythey exist and how we can help make these essential records available for research purposes.Function and provenanceThis group of records was collated in its present form by the staff of the Australian War Memorial (AWM) in the 1920s and 1930s to facilitate certain working requirements of the Official …

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  • Highlight on official records of the First World War: AWM25 Written Records, 1914-18 War

    Thursday 24 November 2016 by Craig Berelle.

    AWM25 213/7

    Highlight on the official records of the First World War is a centenary program of posts highlighting those records created 100 years ago, whythey exist and how we can help make these essential records available for research purposes.AWM25 213/7Function and provenanceIt was not until the beginning of 1917 that any steps towards the collection of the historical records of the Australian Imperial Force (AIF) were taken. From the beginning of the …

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  • On the Eve of Battle: Documents introducing the AIF to the Western Front - V: The town that was Pozieres

    Friday 22 July 2016 by Craig Berelle.

    AWM26 39/1 [/3]

    In June and early July 100 years ago, the newly arrived Australian Imperial Force moved into their allocated positions for the coming British offensives on the Western Front. On The Eve of Battle presents a select group of documents highlighting the grim and the curious as the Australian and New Zealanders organised to be battle-ready. The final blog in this series provides a background into the town whose attack by soldiers of the 1st Australian…

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  • On the Eve of Battle: Documents introducing the AIF to the Western Front - IV: Patrols and Raids

    Friday 15 July 2016 by Craig Berelle.

    AWM26 39/1 [/3] image 1

    In June and early July 100 years ago, the newly arrived Australian Imperial Force moved into their allocated positions for the coming British offensives on the Western Front. On The Eve of Battle presents a select group of documents highlighting the grim and the curious as the Australian and New Zealanders organised to be battle-ready. Patrols and raids Trench raids were a common feature of the fighting on the Western Front. Usually …

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  • On the Eve of Battle: Documents introducing the AIF to the Western Front - III: Eavesdropping

    Friday 1 July 2016 by Craig Berelle.

    Source: AWM26 38/4

    In June and early July nearly 100 years ago, the newly arrived Australian Imperial Force moved into their allocated positions for the coming British offensives on the Western Front. On The Eve of Battle presents a select group of documents highlighting the grim and the curious as the Australian and New Zealanders organised to be battle-ready. Eavesdropping The provision of special telephone wires began at an early stage in trench warfare by …

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  • On the Eve of Battle: Documents introducing the AIF to the Western Front - II: Lessons from Verdun

    Monday 13 June 2016 by Craig Berelle.

    AWM26 38/1 image 1

    In June and early July nearly 100 years ago, the newly arrived Australian Imperial Force moved into their allocated positions for the coming British offensives on the Western Front. On The Eve of Battle presents a select group of documentshighlighting the grim and the curious as the Australian and New Zealanders organised to be battle-ready. Lessons from Verdun Brigade Major Thomas Blamey, then a junior staff officer who later reached the …

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  • Highlight on official records of the First World War: AWM251 &AWM256 AIF Administrative Headquarters, 1914-18 War

    Wednesday 25 May 2016 by Craig Berelle.

    AWM256 17_1_197 page 1.jpg 2/Lt F M Barry, 10th Battalion

    Highlight on the official records of the First World War is a centenary program of posts highlighting those records created 100 years ago, whythey exist and how we can help make these essential records available for research purposes. Function and provenance In May 1916, the AIF Intermediate Base moved from Cairo to London and amalgamated with existing infrastructure there to form Administrative Headquarters, AIF (under the control of the …

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  • Cold case: What has become of Murphy the donkey?

    Friday 13 May 2016 by Craig Berelle. 4 comments

    [1] AWM255 95.jpg

    A volunteer with the Research Centre's official records section recently came across a document in the collection relating to a search for "Murphy" the donkey in the weeks following the Gallipoli campaign. This post traces the original documentary record, many presented as electronic images for the first time. Charles Bean, Australia's official war correspondent in 1916, was interested in circulating an item of news seeking the whereabouts of …

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