Second World War galleries
Almost a million Australians, both men and women, served in the Second World War. This war affected Australians more directly than the First World War, and caused immense social change. Over 39,000 Australians died.
The Second World War Galleries show how Australians fought in campaigns against Germany and Italy in Europe, the Mediterranean and North Africa; and against Japan in south-east Asia. It covers the experience of those on the home front, for it was during this war that the Australian mainland came under direct attack for the first time.
This suite of galleries tell stories of endurance and courage, of grief and humour, and displays the achievements and the sacrifices of a people at war.
The main areas of the galleries are:
- 1939: war is declared
- 1940–41: victory and defeat
- 1942: turning point
- 1942–44: beginning of the end
- 1943–44: New Guinea offensive
- 1944–45: final campaigns
In these galleries visitors will be able to see a number of large technology objects that have not previously been on display at the Memorial, including:
- a unique Chevrolet lorry and Breda anti-aircraft gun combination used by Australians during the siege of Tobruk
- a captured German Flak 38 anti-aircraft gun still in its original desert camouflage
- a rare vehicle the Carro Veloce L.3/33 Series II Italian tankette
- the iconic German Kübelwagen will also return to display
- an exciting new display on HMAS Sydney
- a new audiovisual presentation on the Kokoda campaign.
LePkw Type 82 Kubelwagen. REL/12478.001
Group portrait of some of the crew members aboard HMAS Sydney II. P00853.001
Officers from the 2/14th Battalion at Uberi, Kokoda Trail. P00525.006
Chevrolet lorry and Breda anti-aircraft gun in action at Tobruk, 1941. 020582