• Sir John Monash's German Shoulder Strap Collection

    Tuesday 4 January 2011 by Dianne Rutherford.

      RELAWM15049.004 : Shoulder straps for 233rd Field Artillery Regiment, 37, 24 and 151 Fussartillerie (Foot Artillery) Battalions and 69th Field Artillery Regiment Among the items collected by Sir John Monash during the First World War are over 200 German shoulder straps worn by men who fought against the AIF in 1918. Single shoulder straps were routinely removed from dead or captured Germans for intelligence …

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  • Christmas Dinner During War

    Thursday 23 December 2010 by Kathryn Hicks. 2 comments

    When we think of Christmas we think of presents, decorations and most importantly Christmas dinner. What was Christmas dinner like for those at war? Private Charles Bennett (PR04245) writes in his letters home about the Christmas dinner he had in an English camp in 1916. He had: Turkey, Ham, Roast Potato, Peas, Parsnips, Xmas pudding, Café au Lait, apples, orange, bananas, saffron cakes, mince pies Lieutenant Donald Armstrong …

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  • Lockheed Hudson - Blueprints

    Monday 20 December 2010 by Jamie Croker.

    To assist with the manufacture of missing and damaged components and structure in the Hudson, the AWM purchased a copy of original Lockheed blueprints on Microfilm.  Digitisation of the blueprints for ease of reference has commenced, and they are providing invaluable information for most areas in the airframe.  The blueprints contain the original dimensions and material specifications of each individual item used to build the …

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  • Lockheed Hudson - Upper Turret Support Structure Progress

    Thursday 25 November 2010 by Jamie Croker.

    The support structure for the upper turret is beginning to take shape, with repaired and replicated components being pieced together before installation.   This structure is approximately 1/3 of the way through the fabrication stage.  When complete, the structure will be disassembled, painted, and then installed into the airframe.     Partially completed upper Turrect support structure Reproduced …

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  • Discovering Private Walker: Using new technologies to catalogue old relics

    Friday 19 November 2010 by Dianne Rutherford. 1 comments

    Mess tin found at Lone Pine, Gallipoli in 1919 RELAWM07799.004 There is a mess tin on display in the Gallipoli gallery that is rusted and full of holes. It was found over 90 years ago scattered with dozens of other pieces of kit around the Lone Pine position at Gallipoli in January 1919 by staff from the Australian War Records Section. The ground over which the 1st Battalion advanced to attack Lone Pine …

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  • Lockheed Hudson - The First Cut

    Wednesday 3 November 2010 by Jamie Croker.

    One of the first steps in the conversion to re-fit the Boulton Paul upper turret was to remove any excess material from the fuselage.  This meant cutting a hole in the upper rear fuselage, and removing the skin and additional structure which had been replaced post war. Out line where skin needed to be cut After taking a template form the structure of A16-128, the skin was cut. Kim Wood, our in house …

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  • Roo De Kanga

    Friday 29 October 2010 by Justin Powell. 4 comments

    Improvised Australian street sign, ROO DE KANGA, from Peronne, France

    Improvised Australian street sign, ROO DE KANGA, from Peronne, France RELAWM00969 This blog post was written by Justin Powell, a post-graduate student from the Australian National University who briefly worked at the Memorial as an intern in ourMilitary Heraldry and Technologysection. The Memorial’s collection houses a number of First World War trench signs and notice …

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  • Lockheed Hudson - Structural Reference

    Monday 18 October 2010 by Jamie Croker.

    The damaged rear fuselage section from Hudson A16-128, which crashed during training at Tocumwal, New South Wales,  was aquired by the AWM several years ago.  This fuselage section contains a large proportion of the structure missing from A16-105 to support the upper gun turret in the fuselage.  A16-128 Rear Fuselage Although badly damaged and corroded, the structure is a great reference and base for templates to …

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  • Seven years bad luck? Making periscopes on Gallipoli

    Friday 15 October 2010 by Dianne Rutherford.

    When the Gallipoli campaign quickly bogged down into trench warfare, there were not enough periscopes available to allow Australian and New Zealand soldiers to look over the parapets at ANZAC without being shot. Australian soldier using an improvised periscope at Gallipoli C01471 Luckily the soldiers do not appear to have been superstitious as to fill the gap improvised periscopes were made by breaking shaving …

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  • Lockheed Hudson - Where to Start

    Wednesday 6 October 2010 by Jamie Croker. 1 comments

    One of the first steps in the conversion of the Hudson from its post war airline and geo-survey role to its original military configuration, was the removal of all the post war modifications.  The first two photos below are taken inside the cabin of the Royal New Zealand Air Force's Hudson on Display in the RNZAF Museum in Christchurch, and they give an idea of what the inside of the cabin should look like . RNZAF …

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