• 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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  • Meeting the History Makers.

    Wednesday 27 November 2013 by Daniel McGlinchey.

    “We would have rather served under the Australian flag than a fake Japanese one!” said a sprightly Second World War veteran. He had just asked me if an Australian made replica Japanese flag was still on display. It was going to be used on Motor Launch (ML) 814 during Operation Mosquito in 1943 to confuse the enemy if they were spotted. It was around 2009 and I was honoured to find that I was talking to Marsden Carr Hordern a veteran …

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  • A large monster

    Tuesday 26 November 2013 by Robyn van Dyk. 2 comments

    “Pulled out of bed in the dead of night by a large monster that ultimately turned out to be a man with his gas mask on.” - Captain Robert Grieve of the 37th Battalion. Gas masks saved lives but also caused fatalities. They were extremely uncomfortable and hampered the movement of the men, inducing fatigue, disorientation, and confusion. Corporal Arthur Thomas of 6th Battalion wrote 19 March 1918: “It was terrible there were about …

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  • A short ferry ride to the war

    Friday 20 September 2013 by Craig Blanch.

    Charles Delacy, The storming of the Mole at Zeebrugger, Belgium, 1916,

    Charles Delacy, The storming of the Mole at Zeebrugger, Belgium, 1916, ART19776 The raid on Zeebrugge to cripple the inland port of Bruges in occupied Belgium in April 1918 lasted a little more than an hour. It cost the lives of over 200 British sailors and marines with hundreds more wounded. Artificer Engineer William Henry Vaughan Edgar, late of HMAS Australia, joined …

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  • A Mother and Her Seven Soldier Sons

    Tuesday 13 August 2013 by Tamsin Hong. 16 comments

    REL46813.001 It seemed like an ordinary day where I was busy researching areas of our collection, when two remarkable badges were offered for donation. They were a Female Relative Badge with seven stars and a Mothers and Widows’ Badge with four stars, both from the Second World War. Some of you will immediately recognise the value and rarity of these badges. However, as I learnt about …

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  • 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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  • Education at the Memorial - Collection Detection No. 1 Answer

    Monday 5 August 2013 by Stuart Baines. 3 comments

    As part of our ongoing blog with which we hope to connect with the needs and interests of teachers and students,last week we introduced the first of our What is it? objects from the Memorial’s collection. /blog/2013/07/30/education-memorial-collection-detection/ Thank you for everyone who liked, and commented on our Facebook post. It was a great response and only makes us more excited for the next Collection Detection. So the …

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