• Highlight on official records of the First World War: AWM22 - Australian Imperial Force Headquarters (Egypt), Central registry files, 1914-18 War

    Saturday 9 January 2016 by Craig Berelle.

    AWM22 134/1/2000

    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 The establishment of an Australian Imperial Force (AIF) Intermediate Base in Cairo, Egypt was recommended in December 1914, and took effect from 15 January 1915 with Col V C M …

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  • Royal Australian Navy records of the First Gulf War

    Monday 4 January 2016 by Stuart Bennington. 1 comments

    Back in 1990 as I was flying back to Australia after a month in England I noticed the flight path took the plane over the Middle East. I didn’t think much of it at the time, as the Earth usually does from 20,000 feet, the area looked serene. Little did I know that in less than two weeks this serenity would be broken on 2 August 1990 when Saddam Hussein’s armies rolled into Kuwait and started what was to become the First Gulf War …

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  • Capturing the Albatros

    Wednesday 23 December 2015 by Amanda Rebbeck. 3 comments

    Albatros D.Va D5390/17 on display in the Australian War Memorials Over the Front exhibition

    The remarkable events that resulted in the first enemy aircraft to be brought down intact by the Australian Flying Corps (AFC) were marred by the news that two of their own had disappeared in the aftermath of the fierce and fiery battle. Albatros D.Va D5390/17 on display in the Australian War Memorials Over the Front exhibition RELAWM04806 The story begins in the early …

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  • Highlight on official records of the First World War: AWM7 - Troopship records, 1914-1918 War

    Monday 30 November 2015 by Craig Berelle.

    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 AWM7 records the logistic processes involved in transporting the AIF to Europe and back again, in the form of movement orders, war diaries, nominal rolls and telegrams. The …

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  • Claustrophobia in the Desert

    Tuesday 17 November 2015 by Melissa Cadden. 1 comments

    View from Patrol Base (PB) Wali.

    As one of our Soldier in Resident program participants, James Fowler, a veteran of Afghanistan who is now based in Townsville, spent some time with The Memorial’s collection of Afghanistan photographs. The following images resonated with James when recalling his own time in Afghanistan. In James’ words, a peaceful patrol through the “stark beauty” of a wide Afghan dasht (or desert plain) can turn “in an instant” to …

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  • The merchant and the butcher: A Western Front story

    Wednesday 4 November 2015 by Craig Blanch. 2 comments

    Walter Wally Brown

    This is a revised blog first published in 2009 as “The butcher and the grocer: A Western Front story”. The revision covers Wally Brown VC’s pre-war employment and, additionally, his eventual fate. I would like to thank Wally’s daughter, Pamela Gould, for the previously unpublished material. The Western Front was epitomised by the brute force of men against machine and each other. Tens of thousands were lost in the maelstrom of …

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  • Highlight on official records of the First World War: AWM28 - Recommendation files for honours and awards, AIF, 1914-18 War

    Tuesday 22 September 2015 by Craig Berelle. 2 comments

    AWM28 1_194

    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. Among the senior officers supporting Capt. Murray's award was Lt-Gen Birdwood of the Anzac Corps. On 10 September 2015, Capt. Murray’s descendants presented his VC medal group for display in the …

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  • Highlight on official records of the First World War: AWM38 - Records of Charles E W Bean, Official Historian

    Wednesday 20 May 2015 by Craig Berelle. 3 comments

    Highlight on the official records of the First World War is a centenary program 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 Charles Edwin Woodrow Bean (1879-1968) donated his papers to the Australian War Memorial (AWM) over many years. His role as Australia’s Official War Correspondent and later Official …

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  • Gallipoli Highlights: the Ottoman Collection

    Tuesday 19 May 2015 by Alexandra Biggs. 1 comments

    Turkish War Medal (1915)

    As Australia commemorates the centenary of the Gallipoli campaign, it is a timely opportunity to look at the objects in the collection of the Australian War Memorial relating to the Ottoman forces at Gallipoli. As part of an internship at the Australian War Memorial, I have been investigating the representation of the Ottoman forces at the Memorial, through looking at the acquisition and display of Ottoman objects from the Gallipoli …

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  • "To win through safely would mean honour and achievement, on the other hand to fall would mean an honourable end."

    Friday 24 April 2015 by .

    Last goodbyes, personal reflections and contemplations on the meaning and reality of war form part of the accounts of Australians on the eve of battle on 24 April, 1915. Brigadier General John Monash was one of many who wrote a last letter home: “In the event of my going out, you are to believe that I do so with only one regret, which is, the grief that this will bring to you and Burt and Mat. – For myself, I am prepared to take my …

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