• Our Film Commission : John Martinkus in Afghanistan

    Monday 12 August 2013 by Stephanie Boyle.

    The 2011 appointment of the Memorial'sOfficial Cinematographer to Afghanistan followed in the Memorial’s tradition of official commissions since WW1. The Memorial commissionedJohn Martinkus, the first bona fidejournalist toact for the Memorial since Charles Bean, the Memorial's instigator. Martinkus' commission took himinto the world of the Australian soldier whose day to day realities include the challenges inherent in training …

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  • Memorial Box Banter

    Friday 26 July 2013 by Kathleen Cusack.

    Memorial Boxes are a wonderful learning resource for any age. Whilst some of the activities are tailored for a classroom environment, Memorial Boxes are also borrowed by organisations like aged care facilities to assist with reminiscence therapy and community museums to support particular displays. There are six titles in the Memorial Box series: Box 1 – Australia in the First World War Box 2 – Vietnam: the Australian experience Box …

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  • Armistice in Korea

    Friday 19 July 2013 by Michael Kelly.

    Armistice in Korea 27 July 1953 This date marks the 60th anniversary of the signing of the armistice at Panmunjom, Korea, that brought an end to the Korean War. The negotiations for the armistice had begun in July 1951 at Kaesong, until the building in which the negotiations had been conducted was destroyed in August. The negotiations did not resume until October that year and were moved to the new location of Panmunjom, a truce zone on …

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  • The Battle of the Samichon River - the Hook

    Friday 19 July 2013 by Michael Kelly. 4 comments

    Heavily damaged trenches on the Hook, 13 July 1953

    The Battle of the Samichon River - the Hook 24–26 July 1953 60th Anniversary of the last battle of the Korean War This week marks the 60th anniversary of the armistice that ended the Korean War. In the three days leading up to the cease-fire, a savage battle was fought in the hills of the Jamestown Line at a position known as the Hook. Heavily damaged trenches on the Hook, 13 July 1953…

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  • The 95th anniversary of the battle of Hamel, 4 July 1918

    Tuesday 2 July 2013 by Meleah Hampton. 6 comments

    This Thursday, 4 July, marks the 95th anniversary of a pivotal battle of the First World War by Australian soldiers on the Western Front. The battle of Hamel, on 4 July 1918, was largely an Australian-planned battle which achieved a stunning victory over the Germans at the cost of minimal casualties. Hamel has been called a turning point of the First World War on the Western Front and the first ”modern” battle; certainly it marks the…

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  • Film Collection Online: The First World War

    Friday 28 June 2013 by Daniel Eisenberg. 2 comments

    TheAustralian War Memorialis currently in the process ofreleasing 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 …

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  • The complex story of Australian prisoners of war

    Monday 27 May 2013 by Emma Campbell. 2 comments

    The horror of hellships, death marches, and starvation, and the drama of great escapes, has shaped the public perception of Australian prisoners of war. But there is a more complex story, and the thousands held in captivity during the two world wars and the Korean war cannot define their internment only by these experiences. Leading historians, veterans, and family members will present new research on what it was like to be an Australian…

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  • Gathering history in Afghanistan

    Monday 13 May 2013 by Emma Campbell. 1 comments

    Australia’s 12-year commitment to the war in Afghanistan has been a mix of tragedy and triumph: soldiers have been killed, Victoria Crosses won, and security and services improved in some parts of the war-ravaged nation. By the end of 2014, international forces will have gone – but what legacy will they have left? Australian War Memorial senior historian Dr Steven Bullard recently travelled to Afghanistan to interview serving members…

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  • Gallipoli: A ridge too far

    Monday 15 April 2013 by Emma Campbell. 1 comments

     A Ridge Too Far cover image

    The story of the landings on Gallipoli on 25 April 1915 is a familiar one to Australians, commemorated each year on the anniversary and revered as a nation-building event. Yet much of the Gallipoli campaign – and in particular the major battles that took place in August – is not understood. In a new book, a group of distinguished international historians set to challenge some of the long-held misconceptions of the campaign by …

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  • Celebrating all our heroes

    Thursday 14 March 2013 by Brendan Nelson.

    Thisis the opinion piece I wrote for the Canberra Times; it appears in the 14 March 2013 edition of the paper. Success in life requires three things - show humanity toward others, nurture the inner integrity of your intellect and keep an open mind – open to new ideas and people. When recently in Afghanistan, an Australian soldier remarked, “Sir, when I take my son to the War Memorial, I can show him what his great-grandfather did. I …

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