• Deploying to the MEAO - Day 6

    Thursday 13 March 2014 by Alison Wishart.

    Day 6 - 'From little things, big things grow' An IED can be a very little thing. It sits just under the sand, waiting for a person or vehicle to step on it/drive over it, and boom! Improvised Explosive Devices are like home made bombs or landmines. Terrorists will make them from anything they can get their hands on: plastic drink bottles, fertiliser, old batteries, alfoil, clothes pegs, and bits of old ordnance left behind by the …

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  • Deploying to the MEAO - Day 7

    Thursday 13 March 2014 by Alison Wishart.

    Photo by G1

    Day 7 - Patrol Boat Today we spent the afternoon and evening in the Port of Rashid, Dubai, visiting HMAS Toowoomba. This large warship will spend nearly six months at sea. On board were one captain, 190 crew, a giraffe and a special quilt. The toy giraffe belongs to "Hirsch", one of the Petty Officers. He uses it when he skypes his three daughters at home. However, he can only use skype when they are in port and the bandwidth is big …

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  • Deploying to the MEAO - Day 4

    Thursday 13 March 2014 by Alison Wishart.

    air-cond AMAB resized

    Day 4 - Moonscape The Al Minhad Air Base (AMAB) feels a bit like being on the moon (not that I've been to the moon). The Australian compound has been plonked on this dry, dusty, treeless, flat piece of earth, which is about 40 minutes drive from the port of Dubai. It is very clean, orderly and comfortable but feels totally foreign in this alien landscape. There are many attempts at beautification, with petunias planted on the curbs at …

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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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  • Australia's link to Colditz

    Monday 17 February 2014 by Tamsin Hong. 8 comments

    Colditz Castle was used as a prisoner of war camp for Allied prisoners who had attempted to escape from their German captors during the Second World War. The castle has captured popular imagination through the film The Colditz Story (1955) based on P.R. Reids book of the same name.

    Colditz Castle was used as a prisoner of war camp for Allied prisoners who had attempted to escape from their German captors during the Second World War. The castle has captured popular imagination through the film The Colditz Story (1955) based on P.R. Reids book of the same name. P01608.012 Unknown to their captors, eight prisoners were huddled in a small office, waiting …

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  • ‘Good fearless soldiers’: two brothers at Pozières, 1916

    Tuesday 4 February 2014 by Craig Tibbitts. 7 comments

    An Australian soldier among the scattered battlefield graves at Pozieres. Some 23,000 Australians became casualties in this fighting, of which 7,000 died

    This article was originally published in Inside History Magazine, Issue 20, Jan - Feb 2014. Find out more and subscribe to Inside History here. An Australian soldier among the scattered battlefield graves at Pozieres. Some 23,000 Australians became casualties in this fighting, of which 7,000 died E00998 In 1927 the Australian War Memorial’s Director, John Treloar, wrote …

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  • On this day...20 December 1915

    Friday 20 December 2013 by Theresa Cronk. 2 comments

    On 20 December 1915, Private John Kingsley Gammage of the 1st Infantry Battalion wrote in his diary, This concludes a real experience that money could not buy with an enemy that fought fairly and clean. Gammagewas one of the last 10 000 Australian troops remaining at Anzac Cove. These men departed Anzac Cove during the night of Sunday 19 December through into the early hours of Monday 20 December 1915. The preparations for their …

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  • ANZAC Voices exhibition opens

    Friday 29 November 2013 by Craig Tibbitts. 3 comments

    ANZAC Voices is the Memorial’s new special exhibition on the First World War, which opened to the public today. It features treasures from the Memorial’s written archives; the voices of the ANZACs presented through their letters and diaries, and supported by a variety of other official documents, photographs, artworks and historical artefacts. Theme image The curators chose the above photo to be the exhibition’s theme image for …

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