The Australian War Memorial is proud that the Children’s Book Council of Australia has selected its publication Audacity: stories of heroic Australians in wartime as an honour book in the Eve Pownall Award Category for Information Books in the 2015 Book of the Year Awards in Melbourne.
This Saturday marks the 70h anniversary of the end of the Second World War – Victory in the Pacific. To commemorate this defining moment in Australia’s history there will be a number of actives onsite at the Australian War Memorial, Canberra.
Saturday 15 August, 9 am – Installation Ha-go light tank
Who: Dr Karl James, Senior Historian, Australian War Memorial
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Victory in the Pacific – 70th anniversary of the end of the Second World War
During August, the Australian War Memorial is involved in a number of activities to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the end of the Second World War – Victory in the Pacific (VP Day).
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This month the Australian War Memorial is involved in a number of activities to commemorate the centenary of the August Offensive that took place on Gallipoli during the First World War.
In early August 1915, after three long months of stalemate, Australian, New Zealand, British, and Indian troops launched a series of assaults against Turkish strongpoints on the Gallipoli peninsula. This was an all-out attempt to break the deadlock and force a decisive victory. It would become known as the August Offensive.
Rare German tank Mephisto on display at the Australian War Memorial
Mephisto, the last remaining First World War German A7V tank, has gone on display at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra as part of commemorations of the Centenary of the First World War.
In collaboration with the Queensland Museum, this is the first time the rare tank has been displayed outside Brisbane since it was transported from Europe after the end of the First World War.