• Xena: an EDD in Afghanistan

    Wednesday 26 November 2014 by Lenore Heath. 8 comments

    Xena and Sapper T wait in the shade of a wall prior to a route search.

    This year an excellent set of 12 photographs of Xena, an Explosive Detection Dog (EDD), was donated to the Memorial. Following an inauspicious start to life in the military, Xena proved her true worth serving in Afghanistan. A Malinois (Belgian Shepherd), Xena was the runt of the litter in an RAAF breeding program. Deemed too timid to have a future as an attack dog, her future was uncertain. She was allocated to a trainer, however her …

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  • First to fight

    Wednesday 10 September 2014 by Michael Kelly. 1 comments

    The Bitapaka road. The first objective of the New Guinea expedition was the German wireless station at Bitapaka, a few miles inland from Blanche Bay, which at the outbreak of war was still in the course of construction, but was hurriedly finished and ready for use.

    At the battle of Bitapaka, the ANMEF were the first Australians in combat. The Bitapaka road. The first objective of the New Guinea expedition was the German wireless station at Bitapaka, a few miles inland from Blanche Bay, which at the outbreak of war was still in the course of construction, but was hurriedly finished and ready for use. A03146 The two scouts pushed into …

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  • The first to fall

    Wednesday 27 August 2014 by Aaron Pegram. 5 comments

    Chisholm

    Among the first casulties of the First World War were Australians fighting in the British Army. On 26 August 1914, two weeks before the first action undertaken by Australian troops in the First World War, a 22-year-old lieutenant of the 1st Battalion East Lancashire Regiment lay mortally wounded by shrapnel in a cornfield outside the village of Ligny-en-Cambrésis. He had been in France for just three days. British and French troops had …

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  • They also served: why D-Day matters to Australia

    Friday 6 June 2014 by Lachlan Grant. 1 comments

    Flight Sergeant Fred Wood with the chief gendarme in a Norman village. A fitter with the RAAF, Wood was in charge of maintenance of the Spitfires of No. 453 Squadron and was Mentioned in Despatches for his service in Normandy.

    Flight Sergeant Fred Wood with the chief gendarme in a Norman village. A fitter with the RAAF, Wood was in charge of maintenance of the Spitfires of No. 453 Squadron and was Mentioned in Despatches for his service in Normandy. 042284 Seventy years ago this week, the largest invasion force in history sailed towards the shores of Normandy in France. D-Day, June 6, 1944, has …

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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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  • The Dinkum Oil

    Thursday 30 September 2010 by Nicholas Schmidt. 1 comments

    This afternoon I will be talking about an interesting collection, held in the Memorial's Research Centre, on Canberra's 666 ABC Drive program. (Update: listen to it here) While serving overseas Australian servicemen and women have often produced publications for their own entertainment and the Memorial collects these in the Troopship and Unit Serials collection. The collection is diverse including publications from the Boer War up to …

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  • Fromelles: identifying the fallen

    Friday 19 March 2010 by Aaron Pegram. 6 comments

      Private Thomas Cosgriff, 59th Battalion, of Albert Park, Victoria, was one of 1,701 Australians killed at Fromelles on 19/20th July 1916. His remains and those of 74 others were positively identified through DNA testing. DA10774 Earlier this week the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Allan Griffin announced the results of the first Joint Identification Board held to identify the remains of 250 Australian and British …

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