ID numberAWM95
Collection typeOfficial Record
TitleAustralian Army commanders' diaries
Object typeOfficial Record
CopyrightCommonwealth of Australia copyright
Copying provisionCopy provided for personal non-commercial use, permission from copyright holder must be sought for commercial use
DescriptionThe commanders' diaries in this record series were prepared by officers commanding Army headquarters, units and detachments serving in Malaya/Singapore, Sarawak-Brunei-Sabah and South Vietnam, as a record of operational activity during their service abroad. These diaries were arranged by unit and covered the period of one month at a time.

The content of the commander's diaries include a narrative and appendices. The narrative can include such items as changes in command, establishment, equipment and organisation; information received, decisions made and orders given; a short summary of the day's fighting, including company movements; opinions and recommendations of the commander with regard to equipment, tactics, organisation and morale; progress of defensive work, weapons state, weather and ground conditions; major causes and number of casualties to officers, men and equipment; a note of all prisoners and enemy equipment captured, and a statement showing how the unit was employed in the time not accounted for. The appendices can include duty officer's log, operation orders and instructions issued and received, situation reports, orders of battle and location reports, intelligence reports, administrative orders issued and received, administrative reports, standing orders, commander's policy, action reports, maps and summaries of operations.

The content of individual war diaries depends on the unit concerned and their functions and daily activities. Overall, however, the main factor controlling the contents and quality of contents of a particular diary remains the skill, dedication, and enthusiasm of the officer who was in charge of compiling it.

More information can be found in the introduction to the series.
AWM95 Class 1 - Headquarters RCDIG1029050
AWM95 Class 2 - Royal Australian Armoured Corps RCDIG1029058
AWM95 Class 3 - Royal Australian Artillery RCDIG1029059
AWM95 Class 4 - Royal Australian Engineers RCDIG1029060
AWM95 Class 5 - Royal Australian Survey Corps RCDIG1029061
AWM95 Class 6 - Royal Australian Signals RCDIG1029062
AWM95 Class 7 - Royal Australian Infantry RCDIG1029063
AWM95 Class 8 - Australian Army Aviation Corps RCDIG1029064
AWM95 Class 9 - Australian Intelligence Corps RCDIG1029065
AWM95 Class 10 - Royal Australian Army Service Corps RCDIG1029051
AWM95 Class 11 - Royal Australian Army Medical Corps RCDIG1029052
AWM95 Class 12 - Royal Australian Army Dental Corps RCDIG1029053
AWM95 Class 13 - Royal Australian Army Ordnance Corps RCDIG1029054
AWM95 Class 14 - Royal Australian Electrical and Mechanical Engineers RCDIG1029055
AWM95 Class 15 - Royal Australian Army Pay Corps RCDIG1029066
AWM95 Class 16 - Royal Australian Army Provost Corps RCDIG1029368
AWM95 Class 17 - Miscellaneous units RCDIG1029056
AWM95 Class 18 - 10 Task Force RCDIG1029057