• Smokin' Aces

    Friday 15 February 2008 by Alexandra Orr.

    It seems one of the most expedient weapons deployed personnel can have these days is a deck of cards. Yes, you read correctly. A common form of ephemera coming into the Memorial from those involved in recent conflicts like Iraq, are playing cards, which have been produced by Australia and the United States to reach beyond mere entertainment value into the realm of Intelligence. Playing cards from Iraq. RC06171, RC05764, …

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  • Zif's sketchbook

    Monday 11 February 2008 by Yasmin Green.

    A sketchbook of humorous pre-First World War caricatures has recently been acquired by the Australian War Memorial. Members of the Royal Australian Artillery (RAA), located at Queenscliff, Victoria, are depicted in this work dating from 1909-1910. Referred to as the "budget" of the regiment and located in what once appeared to be an accounting book, the works were created by an anonymous artist using the name "Zif". At the beginning of …

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  • Colditz Collection

    Wednesday 30 January 2008 by Nick Fletcher. 3 comments

    Escape maps, medals and military insignia from an infamous German prisoner of war camp are among the latest additions to the Australian War Memorial's collection. Medals and photographs from Lieutenant JR Jack Millet’s Colditz collection The items belonged to WA-born Lieutenant JR 'Jack' Millet who enlisted in 1940 with 2/11 Infantry Battalion. He served in the Middle East before being captured by the Germans on Crete …

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