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ID number AWM52
Title 2nd AIF (Australian Imperial Force) and CMF (Citizen Military Forces) unit war diaries, 1939-45 War
Collection Official Record
Object type Official Record
Copying provision Copy provided for personal non-commercial use, permission from copyright holder must be sought for commercial use

Description

This series comprises the War Diaries created by the units of the 2nd Australian Imperial Force (AIF) and Citizen Military Forces (CMF) during the Second 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 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.

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  • 2nd AIF (Australian Imperial Force) and CMF (Citizen Military Forces) unit war diaries, 1939-45 War
  • Headquarter units are the command element of the whole of the Army. It is the highest level of the Army's formation or structure and it commands the operation of all other, subsidiary, units, and formation. Its role includes high level command and...

  • AWM52 Class 2 - Cavalry RCDIG1020082 (2)
  • AWM52 Class 3 - Armoured Corps RCDIG1020083 (3)
  • AWM52 Class 4 - Artillery RCDIG1020084 (4)
  • AWM52 Class 5 - Engineers RCDIG1020085 (5)
  • AWM52 Class 6 - Survey RCDIG1020086 (6)
  • AWM52 Class 7 - Signals RCDIG1020087 (7)
  • AWM52 Class 8 - Infantry RCDIG1020088 (8)

    The infantry is the main fighting arm of the Army. The basic infantry formation is the battalion (comprising between 700-800 personnel). The next highest command formation is the brigade which plans and directs the operations of three battalions. ...

  • AWM52 Class 9 - Intelligence RCDIG1020089 (9)
  • AWM52 Class 10 - Supplies and Transport RCDIG1020090 (10)
  • AWM52 Class 11 - Medical RCDIG1020091 (11)
  • AWM52 Class 12 - Dental RCDIG1020092 (12)
  • AWM52 Class 13 - Ordnance RCDIG1020093 (13)
  • AWM52 Class 14 - Australian Electrical & Mechanical Engineers RCDIG1020094 (14)
  • AWM52 Class 15 - Pay RCDIG1020095 (15)
  • AWM52 Class 16 - Veterinary and Remounts RCDIG1020096 (16)
  • AWM52 Class 17 - Postal RCDIG1020097 (17)
  • AWM52 Class 18 - Provost RCDIG1020098 (18)
  • AWM52 Class 20 - Printing and Stationery RCDIG1020099 (20)
  • AWM52 Class 21 - Graves RCDIG1020100 (21)
  • AWM52 Class 22 - Labour, Employment and Works Companies RCDIG1020101 (22)
  • AWM52 Class 23 - Canteen RCDIG1020102 (23)
  • AWM52 Class 28 - Camp and Ship Staffs RCDIG1020104 (28)
  • AWM52 Class 29 - General Details Depot and Discharge RCDIG1026322 (29)
  • AWM52 Class 30 - Leave Transit Depots - Staging Camps - Reception Camps RCDIG1020105 (30)
  • AWM52 Class 31 - Rehabilitation RCDIG1020106 (31)
  • AWM52 Class 32 - Australian Women’s Army Service Barracks RCDIG1020107 (32)
  • AWM52 Class 33 - Psychology RCDIG1020108 (33)
  • AWM52 Class 34 - Schools RCDIG1026323 (34)
  • AWM52 Class 35 - Training RCDIG1020187 (35)
  • AWM52 Class 36 - Volunteer Defence Corps RCDIG1020188 (36)
  • AWM52 Class 37 - Troopships RCDIG1020189 (37)
  • AWM52 Class 40 - Australian Army Service Corps RCDIG1020190 (40)