Publications

Comradeship - Stories of friendship and recreation in wartime cover

Century of Service series

Comradeship—Stories of friendship and recreation in wartime

Millions of Australians have been affected by war. Many servicemen and servicewomen have faced extraordinary dangers, while their loved ones waiting at home suffered months and even years of uncertainty. Yet, despite the difficulties, a strong sense of shared experience, friendship, and camaraderie often developed.

Comradeship—Stories of friendship and recreation in wartime
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A Sea King helicopter lifts an army Land Rover over impassable terrain in the Solomon Islands

World Wide Effort: Australia's Peacekeepers

There has not been a year since 1947 when Australian peacekeepers were not in the field, yet this aspect of our country’s military history is often overshadowed by Australia’s fascination with its wartime past.

Memories & Memorabilia recognising and preserving Australia's war heritage extended edition cover

Australia's war heritage

Memories and Memorabilia

As each year passes, there are fewer and fewer Australians who personally experienced war, with all its horror and loss, but also with its sense of camaraderie and achievement. With them will go their memories and understanding of the way conflict has affected our families and local communities. Out of these experiences came an array of memorabilia in the form of diaries, letters, medals, photographs, artworks, film, and an assortment of other ephemera. Each of these items is a commemorative reminder to following generations of this sacrifice. This booklet is intended to recognise Australia's war heritage and be a guide to looking after your wartime memorabilia items.

Memories and memorabilia booklet
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Decision - Stories of Leadership in the Services 2017

Century of Service series

Decision—Stories of Leadership in the Services

We all make decisions every day – they shape the lives we lead. In times of war, decision-making can take on a greatersignificance. Many Australians over the past century of service have demonstrated leadership with the decisions they have made.

Decision—Stories of Leadership in the Services
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A bitter fate - Australians in Malaya & Singapore - December 1941 - February 1942 cover

A Bitter Fate—Australians In Malaya & Singapore

In December 1941 Japanese forces landed at Malaya and began a rapid advance southwards towards Singapore. Australians were among the Allied forces fighting to halt the advance. On 15 February 1942 the city fell to the Japanese, and more than 130,000 British and Allied troops were taken prisoner of war, including some 15,000 Australians. More than 1100 other Australians were either confirmed dead or listed as missing in action, and hundreds of others remained unaccounted for. Fully illustrated with photographs and artworks from the Australian War Memorial collection, A Bitter Fate tells the story of this period of Australian wartime history, focusing on the fiercely fought campaign in Malaya and detailing the experiences of some of the men and women who witnessed the Fall of Singapore.

A Bitter Fate—Australians in Malaya & Singapore—Education Activities
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A Bitter Fate—Australians in Malaya & Singapore
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Century of Service series

Resource—Stories of innovation in wartime

Resource—Stories of innovation in wartime
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Ancestry - Stories of multicultural Anzacs

Century of Service series

Ancestry—Stories of multicultural Anzacs

This commemorative publication is the third book in the Century of Service series and is aimed at upper primary and lower secondary school students. It explores stories of individuals and families from different cultural backgrounds who served in Australian units during the First World War. The stories contain educational questions, historical facts, did you know questions and a glossary of terms used in the text. Copies are available for sale from the Australian War Memorial.

Ancestry—Stories of multicultural Anzacs
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Cultural diversity in the Australian Imperial Force
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Audacity - Stories of heroic Australians in wartime

Century of Service series

Audacity—Stories of heroic Australians in wartime

This educational publication is the second book in the Century of Service series and is aimed at upper primary and lower secondary schools students.

It explores some of the extraordinary stories of bravery and courage of men and women in Australian wartime history.

The stories contain educational questions, historical facts and did you know questions. A glossary of terms used in the text is provided. Copies are available for sale from the Australian War Memorial.

Audacity—Stories of heroic Australians in wartime
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Devotion - Stories of wartime nurses

Century of Service series

Devotion—Stories of Australia's Wartime Nurses

This education resource is the first book in the Century of Service series and is aimed at primary and lower secondary schools students.

It explores the contribution and courage of Australian nurses in conflicts and peacekeeping operations from the Boer War to the present.

Copies of this publication will be sent to all target groups. This publication will also be made available to other stakeholder groups and will be available for sale from the Australian War Memorial and the Shrine of Remembrance.

Devotion—Stories of Australia's Wartime Nurses
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Australians in World War II: North Africa and Syria

Australians in World War II series

North Africa and Syria

Australians of the 6th Division walk through Derna. After hard fighting on the outskirts of the town, the Italians, faced with Allied troops who had occupied the important high ground overlooking their positions, and realising that they were being outflanked, withdrew on 29 January 1941.

Australians in World War II: North Africa and Syria—Education Activities
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Australians in World War II series

Greece and Crete

A Breda gun crew of HMAS Perth rests after a full day of returning fire from German fighter aircraft during the evacuation of Allied troops from Sfakia, on the southern coast of Crete, 30 May 1941.

Australians in World War II: Greece and Crete—Education Activities
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Bomber Command - Australians in World War two

Australians in World War II series

Bomber Command

Bomber Command is the second book in the Australians in World War II series, published by the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA). Written by historian Dr Richard Reid, this book focuses on the Australians who flew with the Royal Air Force (RAF) and Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) in Bomber Command and tells the story of their training, their operational lives and their unique experiences following the German surrender.

Australians in World War II: Bomber Command—Education Activities
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Australians in World War I: Home Front cover

Australians in World War I series

Home Front

This commemorative publication is the fifth and final in the Australians in World War I series. It contains a brief essay on the impact of the First World War on Australian society and more than 100 full-page images. The image on the front cover is from a studio portrait of Mrs Lewis of Toowoomba with one of her six sons who served overseas. All came home again.

Australians in World War I: Home Front—Education Activities
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Australians in World War I: Royal Australian Navy - cover

Australians in World War I series

Royal Australian Navy

This publication contains a brief history of the Royal Australian Navy RAN) in the First World War. It is accompanied by more than 100 images showing the personnel and vessels of the RAN as they served on operations around the world.

Australians in World War I: Royal Australian Navy Education Activies
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Australians in World War I: Australian Flying Corps

Australians in World War I series

Australian Flying Corps

This publication was produced by DVA to mark the 100th anniversary of the AFC and is the fourth book in the series about the First World War.

Australians in World War I: Australian Flying Corps—Education Activities
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Australians in World War One - Gallipoli

Australians in World War I series

Gallipoli

Gallipoli is the third commemorative publication in the Australians in World War I series. It contains a selection of images and a brief history of the campaign. This publication has also been developed into an iBook for your iPad. Rare film footage and animated images complement the iBook, as readers gain a rare insight into the Gallipoli campaign from the author and historian, Dr Richard Reid.

Australians in World War I: Gallipoli—Education Activities
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Australian Light Horse

Australians in World War I series

Australian Light Horse—Palestine 1916–1918

The Australian Light Horse—Palestine 1916–1918 activities booklet features a selection of inquiry-based activities to encourage student exploration of the commemorative publication Australians in World War I: Australian Light Horse—Palestine 1916–1918.

Teachers using these materials are encouraged to select specific activities, parts of activities or the broad selection of primary and secondary materials within this learning resource to suit their own purposes.

Australians in World War I: Australian Light Horse—Palestine 1916–1918—Education Activities
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1916 - Fromelles and the Somme

Australians on the Western Front series

1916—Fromelles and the Somme

Fromelles and the Somme
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Education Activity: Australians on the Western Front
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1917 Bapaume and Bullecourt - Austrlians on the Western Front

Australians on the Western Front series

1917—Bapaume and Bullecourt

1917—Bapaume and Bullecourt
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Education Activity: Australians on the Western Front
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1917 - Ypres - Australians on the Western Front

Australians on the Western Front series

1917—Ypres

1917—Ypres
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Education Activity: Australians on the Western Front
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1918 - Villers-Bretonneux to Le Hamel - Australians on the Western Front

Australians on the Western Front series

1918—Villers-Bretonneux to Le Hamel

1918—Villers-Bretonneux to Le Hamel
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Education Activity: Australians on the Western Front
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1918 - Amiens to Hindenburg Line - Australians on the Western Front

Australians on the Western Front series

1918—Amiens to Hindenburg Line

1918—Amiens to Hindenburg Line
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Education Activity: Australians on the Western Front
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Valuing our veterans - gathering Australia's war memories

DVA Education Resource

Valuing our veterans

Operation Jaywick

Work, save, fight and so avenge our nurses

The sinking of the Centaur

On 14 May 1943, the Australian Hospital Ship Centaur was sunk by a Japanese submarine. Of the 332 persons on board only 64 survived.

Browse the following presentation to find out more about this moment in Australia's wartime history.

North Beach - Gallipoli 1915, commemorating ANZAC. Australia's Centenary of Federation

North Beach Gallipoli 1915

Laden, Fevered, Starved: The POWs of Sandakan, North Borneo, 1945

Laden, Fevered, Starved—the POWs of Sandakan, North Borneo, 1945