Some 70 years after its originally planned publication, The Changi book, a fascinating collection of personal accounts of life for Australian prisoners of war inside Singapore’s notorious Changi prison camp during the Second World War, was launched by the Australian War Memorial today.
Intended for release in 1945 but postponed by industrial action and supply shortages at the time, the project has long laid dormant – until now.
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.