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
AWM4 Class 2 - Ordnance
AWM4 Class 3 - Provost
AWM4 Class 4 - Claims
AWM4 Class 5 - Pay
AWM4 Class 6 - Chaplains
AWM4 Class 7 - Chemical
AWM4 Class 8 - Flying Corps
AWM4 Class 9 - Cavalry
AWM4 Class 10 - Light Horse
AWM4 Class 11 - Camel Corps
AWM4 Class 12 - Cyclists
AWM4 Class 13 - Artillery
AWM4 Class 14 - Engineers
AWM4 Class 15 - Railways
AWM4 Class 16 - Tunnelling & Survey
AWM4 Class 17 - Postal
AWM4 Class 18 - Baths & Laundries
AWM4 Class 19 - Salvage
AWM4 Class 20 - Gas
AWM4 Class 21 - Water Supply & Stores
AWM4 Class 22 - Signals
AWM4 Class 23 - Infantry
AWM4 Class 24 - Machine Guns
AWM4 Class 25 - Supplies & Transport
AWM4 Class 26 - Medical, Dental & Nursing
AWM4 Class 27 - Veterinary
AWM4 Class 28 - Remount
AWM4 Class 29 - Embarkation Staff Officer, AIF, Le Havre
AWM4 Class 30 - Repatriation & Demobilisation
AWM4 Class 31 - Canteens
AWM4 Class 32 - Schools
AWM4 Class 33 - Bases & Depots
AWM4 Class 34 - Miscellaneous (North Russia, Hobart, and groups returning in 1919)
AWM4 Class 35 - New Zealand Units