Monday 9 September 2013 by Karl James. 4 comments.
Opinion, views and commentary Second World War

Seventy years ago, in September 1943, Australian and American forces launched a major offensive against the Japanese occupying New Guinea. Tens of thousands of Allied troops participated in a series of operations that recovered great areas of occupied New Guinea and provided the springboard for General Douglas MacArthur’s successful later advance into the Netherlands East Indies and the Philippines.

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Friday 12 July 2013 by Daniel Eisenberg. 2 comments.
Film, Second World War, Frank Hurley, From the collection, Damien Parer

To complement the release of the film collection online, the film and sound team are creating a series of highlight reels to give you a taste of the material that is now readily available at your finger tips!

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Friday 21 June 2013 by Jacob Lessmann. 1 comments.
Collection Halifax MK3, Royal Australian Air Force, Casualties, Second World War

P01523.012 One of the 462 Squadron Halifax crew members. P01523.012

My name is Jacob Lessmann. I am 15 years old and had the opportunity to work in Military Heraldry & Technology section for a week.

On the night of 16/17 April 1945, Halifax MZ467 of 462 Squadron, RAAF, embarked from the RAF base at Foulsham, UK at 2358 hours [11:58pm] to carry out a flight over Augsburg, Germany. Ten aircraft from the squadron took part in the mission and of these only MZ467 did not return. Six of the aircraft took part in a feint window attack on Augsburg and the other four operated with the main force.

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Wednesday 13 February 2013 by Daniel Eisenberg. 1 comments.
News, Personal Stories, Collection Second World War, Film, Sound, war brides

 

This footage is an edited down version of a recent donation to the Australian War Memorial - F11790 -

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Wednesday 31 August 2011 by David Gist. 4 comments.
News, Personal Stories, Collection, Exhibitions, 1941, Tobruk Exhibition, Second World War, Rats of Tobruk

Visitors to the Memorial’s exhibition Rats of Tobruk 1941 will have noticed the unofficial Rats of Tobruk medal presented, according to its engraving, by Lord Haw Haw. Around twenty of these medals were made at Tobruk, which illustrates one of the earliest examples of the town’s defenders reclaiming the title ‘Rat’, bestowed on them by the propaganda radio program ‘Germany Calling’. Visitors may also notice the brasso caked around the small copper rat on this medal, the result of many years of cleaning.

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Monday 11 July 2011 by Carlie Walker. 1 comments.
1941, Tobruk, Tobruk diaries Second World War, Tobruk, Rats of Tobruk, Blamey, El Kantara, hospital

Bryant’s Diary:  Friday 11th July 1941

I can get around on my own now.  I feel a bit shaky, but I’m getting stronger.  A convoy of wounded arrived from Tobruk during the night.

 

Cosgriff’s Diary:  Friday 11th July 1941

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Monday 4 July 2011 by Carlie Walker. No comments.
1941, Tobruk, Tobruk diaries VC, Second World War, Tobruk, Edmondson

Bryant’s Diary:  Friday 4th, Saturday 5th July 1941

Just the usual hospital routine, a pretty rapid improvement as a result.

Cosgriff’s Diary:  Friday 4th July 1941

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Monday 27 June 2011 by Carlie Walker. No comments.
1941, Tobruk, Tobruk diaries Second World War, Rats of Tobruk, Waterhen

Bryant’s Diary:  Friday 27th June 1941

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Monday 20 June 2011 by Carlie Walker. No comments.
1941, Tobruk, Tobruk diaries Second World War, Tobruk, Rats of Tobruk, mail

Cosgriff’s Diary:  Friday 20th June 1941

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Monday 13 June 2011 by Carlie Walker. No comments.
1941, Tobruk, Tobruk diaries War records, Second World War, Tobruk, Rats of Tobruk

Cosgriff’s Diary:  Friday 13th June 1941

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