• Australian forces to be remembered at international history conference

    Monday 14 April 2014 by Emma Campbell.

    Troops of A Company, 61st Infantry Battalion, move out on patrol at Warapa on Bougainville Island, in February 1945.

    The often criticised role of Australian forces during the final 12 months of the Second World War will be examined at an international conference of leading historians and academics being held on the 70th anniversary of the period. At the conference 1944: seventy years on, convened this month by the respected Second World War journal Global War Studies at Britain’s Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst, Australian War Memorial senior …

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  • Patrol Bases of Uruzgan

    Friday 11 April 2014 by Stephanie Boyle.

    Patrol Base Samad. Australian soldiers moving resupplies from the landing field

    .. We’ve had seven contacts, and 29 cache finds in the last three to four months.. we’ve killed three insurgents.. so it’s a quite active area. In 2011, the Memorial's official cinematographer John Martinkus travelled from Australia’s base in Tarin Kot, Afghanistan, to Patrol Base Samad, a small and simply constructed outpost where Australian troops train and mentor Afghan National Army members, and Patrol Base MirwaisSet the …

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  • The battle for Normandy: 70 years on

    Tuesday 8 April 2014 by Emma Campbell. 2 comments

    Photographer Robert Capas famous image of American troops on Omaha Beach during the Normandy D-Day landings on 6 June 1944.

    Photographer Robert Capas famous image of American troops on Omaha Beach during the Normandy D-Day landings on 6 June 1944. P06125.001 The battle for Normandy was one of the greatest military campaigns of the modern era, and this year marks the 70th anniversary of the fight to liberate Western Europe from Nazi occupation. The Memorial’s Wartime magazine is commemorating …

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  • Collection Detection answer #7

    Tuesday 1 April 2014 by My Testing.

    Thank you to everyone who submitted their guess for this week. As promised, here is the answer: It is a button hook – a popular and necessary item between the 1890s and 1920s, used to pull buttons through buttonholes. They were particularly useful when the garment or footwear was tough and unyielding. This one, remarkably, has been fashioned from pieces of a crashed Zeppelin airship. Items from airships, especially Zeppelins, were …

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  • Collection Detection #7

    Monday 24 March 2014 by My Testing. 7 comments

    What is it? This is #7 in the Education team's Collection Detection series, where we look at an unusual collection item and the story behind it. Examine the object above and tell us what you think it is in the comments. We will post the answer and the full story next week! Read on

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  • Memorial Box Banter - Part IV

    Friday 21 March 2014 by Kathleen Cusack.

    Dr Kylie Smith, pictured on the far left, during one of her presentations.

    Dr Kylie Smith, pictured on the far left, during one of her presentations. While the Memorial Boxes were initially intended for use in the classroom, more and more aged care facilities are turning to the resource as a therapeutic tool. Earlier this year, Dr Kylie Smith, a lecturer in nursing history at the University of Wollongong, borrowed a specially designed Memorial Box to present seminars on the history of wartime nursing to aged …

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  • Dig Deeper - The prelude to catastrophe

    Thursday 20 March 2014 by My Testing. 3 comments

    The Sydney Morning Herald, 6 August 1914. It took days for confirmation of Britain's entry into the war to reach Australia, even though mobilisation was already underway. How did it come to this? In the midst of an election campaign, and with large parts of Australia suffering record drought, few Australians who read the newspapers on 29 June 1914 would have paid much attention to the assassination of an obscure foreign prince. Yet …

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  • Deploying to the MEAO - Day 2

    Wednesday 12 March 2014 by Alison Wishart.

    Day 2 - Departure lounge deja vu We learned last night that the plane which the ADF charters each week to fly to and from Australia to the MEAO has broken down in Brisbane - hopefully it will be fixed to fly 24 hours later.... so I have made it to the GSAO - Greater Sydney Area of Operations. I'm fortunate to be able to stay with family instead of at Richmond barracks. Activities to date: 0900 engage in daily transportation and security …

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  • Deploying to the MEAO - Day 3

    Wednesday 12 March 2014 by Alison Wishart.

    Day 3 - in the liminal zone One of the few bits of content I recall from my undergrad degree is the concept of liminality. This refers to being 'betwixt and between' two places, or in transition. I am neither on deployment, nor in the office. I am technically in transit, with a forced stopover in Sydney. I feel very, very lucky to have been able to spend this liminal period with my brother and his family. I have enjoyed holding the …

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  • Deploying to the MEAO - Day 1

    Tuesday 11 March 2014 by Alison Wishart.

    my packing jumble

    Twelve months ago I went to the Middle East Area of Operations (MEAO) with the Australian War Memorial. I was workingon an oral history-photographic project. The core part of the project was interviewing and photographing 19 currently serving members of the ADF - from the army, navy and airforce - before, during and after their deployment in 2013 to the MEAO. In another 12 months time, you should be able to see the results of this work …

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