Friday 28 June 2013 by Daniel Eisenberg. 2 comments.
First World War Centenary, Collection, Collection Highlights, News Film

The Australian War Memorial is currently in the process of releasing a vast selection of its film collection online as downloadable content through our website. This material, comprising of over 3000 titles, joins items from the Memorial’s sound collection which have been available online for the last few months. Already over 1200 film items have been released to our website. Each title that is available online has a link embedded on its object record page which lets you download a copy of the film to your personal computer.

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A fateful flight : Australian Navigator takes control of his aircraft flying at low level after pilot killed. He has never flown an aircraft before, let alone one with multiple engines and one that is damaged, barely above the water and in the dark. He successfully navigates and flies the aircraft with remaining four crew back to base. Without stalling the aircraft he climbs over the base and his crew mates safely parachute jump. He then safely crash lands the aicraft just after midnight, bringing the body of his pilot back to base and saving his own live. Awarded the second highest gallantry medal to the Victoria Cross for air or naval operations, the Conspicious Gallantry Medal for his actions. Continued to serve in the Air Force, flying in a diverse range of aircraft including gliders and bombers in the United Kingdom for the remainder of the war. Meets and marries his wife in the United Kingdom in 1944, he survives the war and returns to Australia to start a family and resume his career as an architect.

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Thursday 9 May 2013 by Kerry Neale. No comments.
First World War Centenary, Collection Highlights

Facial wounds were extremely common during the First World War, particularly when an unthinking soldier popped his head over the trench parapet. But even soldiers serving within the enclosed “safety” of a tank were not immune from such wounds: small pieces of steel could splinter off the inner surface of the tank when shells struck the outside, causing serious wounds to those inside. 

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Wednesday 8 May 2013 by Kerry Neale. No comments.
First World War Centenary, Collection Highlights

It was not just human soldiers on the Western Front during the First World War who needed protection from the new dangers of chemical warfare. Animals serving beside them were also vulnerable. Collected off the battlefield by a member of the 41st Battalion, Australian Imperial Force, this gas mask was made for a German messenger dog.

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Friday 24 August 2012 by Shane Casey. 1 comments.
First World War Centenary, Collection, Collection Highlights First World War

Left flying overboot: Baron M von Richthofen, Geschwader 1 German Air Service.Left flying overboot: Baron M von Richthofen, Geschwader 1 German Air Service. RELAWM00705

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Thursday 9 August 2012 by Marie Kesina. 8 comments.
News, Personal Stories, Collection, Collection Highlights

Today marks the 70th anniversary of the loss of HMAS Canberra. On 9th August 1942, the cruiser came to a catastrophic end in the Pacific during the Battle of Savo Island. Captain Frank Edmund Getting was in command at the time. He had a long association with the Navy. His story, and that of HMAS Canberra, was uncovered whilst scanning the Reports of Proceedings for HMAS Canberra.  

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Tuesday 31 July 2012 by Jennifer Selby. 4 comments.
Collection Highlights, Personal Stories

“Hello, Western Australia, here we are on the deck of a cruiser somewhere in the Middle East, I may not tell you exactly where …”

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Monday 23 April 2012 by Stephanie Boyle. 1 comments.
News, Personal Stories, Collection Highlights First World War, Western Front, Anzac, Film, oral history

This presentation of WW1 film, together with voices of WW1 veterans, was produced by the Australian War Memorial's film and sound curators. The footage and original oral history recordings are part of the rich film and sound collections of the Australian War Memorial.

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Wednesday 28 March 2012 by Lauren Hewitt. 18 comments.
Collection Highlights First World War, Western Front, Photographs, Lost Diggers

Update 9 August 2012:

On 9 August Mr Kerry Stokes AC presented a collection of fragile First World War photographic glass plates to the Australian War Memorial.

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Friday 17 February 2012 by Stephanie Boyle. 3 comments.
News, Collection, Collection Highlights Battles, Research material, Film, Darwin, 1942, Bombing of Darwin

On the 19th of February seventy years ago, the city of Darwin was bombed. Sustaining heavy damage and civilian casualties in air raids by Japanese forces, this attack was the first of over sixty air raids conducted up until November 1943.

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