ID numberAWM4
Collection typeOfficial Record
TitleAustralian Imperial Force unit war diaries, 1914-18 War
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
DescriptionThis series comprises the War Diaries created by the units of the Australian Imperial Force (AIF) during the First World War. While on active service, Army headquarters, formations and units were required to keep unit war diaries recording their daily activities. These diaries were arranged by unit and covered the period of one month at a time.

The content of the war diaries generally consist of war diary or intelligence summary sheets located at the beginning of each diary which record the date of each entry, the unit’s location, a summary of events and any remarks or references to appendices. The appendices, which make up the larger part of each diary, may include orders, despatches, instructions, reports, telegrams, and decisions taken; daily situation reports; staff duties; accounts of operations; changes in establishment or strength; and a summary of information received.

The overall quality of the diaries can be variable and usually reflects the attitude of the unit's commanding office, and the skill and conscientiousness of the individual charged with compiling it.

More information can be found in the introduction to the series.

AWM4 Class 1 - Formation Headquarters RCDIG1000054
AWM4 Class 2 - Ordnance RCDIG1000055
AWM4 Class 3 - Provost RCDIG1000056
AWM4 Class 4 - Claims RCDIG1000057
AWM4 Class 5 - Pay RCDIG1000058
AWM4 Class 6 - Chaplains RCDIG1000059
AWM4 Class 7 - Chemical RCDIG1000060
AWM4 Class 8 - Flying Corps RCDIG1000061
AWM4 Class 9 - Cavalry RCDIG1000062
AWM4 Class 10 - Light Horse RCDIG1000063
AWM4 Class 11 - Camel Corps RCDIG1000064
AWM4 Class 12 - Cyclists RCDIG1000065
AWM4 Class 13 - Artillery RCDIG1000066
AWM4 Class 14 - Engineers RCDIG1000067
AWM4 Class 15 - Railways RCDIG1000068
AWM4 Class 16 - Tunnelling & Survey RCDIG1000069
AWM4 Class 17 - Postal RCDIG1000070
AWM4 Class 18 - Baths & Laundries RCDIG1000071
AWM4 Class 19 - Salvage RCDIG1000072
AWM4 Class 20 - Gas RCDIG1000073
AWM4 Class 21 - Water Supply & Stores RCDIG1000074
AWM4 Class 22 - Signals RCDIG1000075
AWM4 Class 23 - Infantry RCDIG1000076
AWM4 Class 24 - Machine Guns RCDIG1000077
AWM4 Class 25 - Supplies & Transport RCDIG1000078
AWM4 Class 26 - Medical, Dental & Nursing RCDIG1000079
AWM4 Class 27 - Veterinary RCDIG1000080
AWM4 Class 28 - Remount RCDIG1000081
AWM4 Class 29 - Embarkation Staff Officer, AIF, Le Havre RCDIG1000082
AWM4 Class 30 - Repatriation & Demobilisation RCDIG1000083
AWM4 Class 31 - Canteens RCDIG1000084
AWM4 Class 32 - Schools RCDIG1000085
AWM4 Class 33 - Bases & Depots RCDIG1000086
AWM4 Class 34 - Miscellaneous (North Russia, Hobart, and groups returning in 1919) RCDIG1000087
AWM4 Class 35 - New Zealand Units RCDIG1018430