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Military history

Anzac Day - (educational resources for students and teachers)

This website is a portal for a range of information about Australia's involvement in world wars, travel to historic military sites and educational resources. These pages provide instant access to high quality materials on the web to assist teachers and students in preparing for the observance of Anzac Day.

Board of Studies NSW

Army History Unit

Home page for the Army History Unit (AHU) which is responsible for developing policy and programs for the collection, conservation, interpretation and promotion of the Australian Army's history.

Department of Defence

Australia and the Vietnam War

The Vietnam War was the longest conflict in which Australians have been involved; it lasted ten years, from 1962 to 1972, and involved some 60,000 personnel. A limited initial commitment of just 30 military advisers grew to include a battalion in 1965 and finally, in 1966, a task force. Each of the three services was involved, but the dominant role was played by the Army.

Board of Studies NSW

Australia's War 1939-1945

Department of Veterans' Affairs website designed to tell the story of Australia's involvement in World War II through a variety of media including photographs, artworks, video and audio from the period 1939-1945.

Department of Veterans' Affairs

Australian War Memorial (AWM)

The Australian War Memorial commemorates the sacrifice of Australian men and women who have served in war, through its ceremonial areas, extensive exhibitions and research facilities.

Australian War Memorial

Australians at War

The Australians at War site was designed to complement the Australians at War TV series, and dedicated to those Australians who served their nation over the past one hundred years. Through animated documentaries, video, audio and activities users can re-live some of the greatest events in our history, as seen through the eyes of the men and women who were there.

Department of Veterans' Affairs

Australians at war

Main index page for the Australian War Memorial exhibit - Australian at War. Includes links to an Australian military history overview, statistics and an encyclopedia featuring FAQs about Australians at war.

Australian War Memorial

Australians on the Western Front 1914-1918

This Department of Veterans' Affairs website is dedicated to the memory of the more than 290,000 Australians who served in this theatre of war in the Australian Imperial Force from 1914-1918, listing the many war cemeteries and memorials where these soldiers lie buried or where their names are listed among the thousands who have 'no known grave, the 'missing''.

Department of Veterans' Affairs

Defence (records)

The National Archives' holdings on defence date largely from 1901 but include some colonial records, such as those on the Boer War. Though their collection of defence-related records is vast, it does not include all defence records created by the Australian Government - the Australian War Memorial holds most of the operational records of war.

National Archives of Australia

Encyclopedia (Australian War Memorial)

The Australian War Memorial receives many public inquiries covering a wide range of topics from A to Z. The Encyclopedia features answers to frequently asked questions about Australians at war. The Encyclopedia will allow you to search the contents of the Memorial's databases, and provides links to other resources.

Australian War Memorial

Gallipoli and the Anzacs

Gallipoli and the Anzacs gives visitors to the peninsula and those surfing the internet at home an opportunity to learn more about the Gallipoli campaign, visiting Gallipoli today, and the Anzac Commemorative Site, as well as research and educational resources for individuals, teachers and students. In particular, the website now contains three tours, the Anzac Walk, Turkish Monuments and Memorials and a new Gallipoli Tour. Each tour offers a printed guide, historical and contemporary images, and an audio commentary available in both English and Turkish, able to be downloaded as an MP3 file.

Department of Veterans' Affairs

History (Royal Australian Air Force)

This page links to pages giving a brief history of the Royal Australian Air Force.

Department of Defence

Nominal Roll of Australian Veterans of the Korean War

The Nominal Roll contains the service details of some 17000 individuals who served with Australia's defence forces in Korea, or in the waters adjacent to Korea, during the conflict and after the ceasefire, between 27 June 1950 to 19 April 1956. A certificate of service is available for every service record.

Department of Veterans' Affairs

Nominal Roll of Vietnam Veterans

The Nominal Roll of Vietnam Veterans honours and commemorates the men and women who served in the Royal Australian Navy, Australian Army and Royal Australian Air Force in Vietnam, or in the waters adjacent to Vietnam, during the conflict between 23 May 1962 and 29 April 1975.

Department of Veterans' Affairs

Office of Air Force History

The Office of Air Force History is the source of authoritative information on Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) history and is the historical analysis arm of the Air Power Development Centre.

Department of Defence

Overseas Memorial Search

Overseas Memorial Search is the Office of Australian War Graves (OAWG) register of both government and privately-constructed memorials for Australian service men and women who served in conflict or peacekeeping activities.

Department of Veterans' Affairs

Preliminary gulf war nominal roll

The Preliminary Gulf War Nominal Roll, prepared by the Department of Veterans' Affairs in Canberra, lists Australian Defence Force personnel involved in that conflict. It includes all personnel involved in the hostilities and associated operations in the Persian Gulf from August 1990 to September 1991.

Department of Veterans' Affairs

Remembrance Day

Remembrance Day - general information as well as an outline for ceremonies and education resources and activities.

Department of Veterans' Affairs

Sea Power Centre Australia

The Sea Power Centre aims to promote the study, discussion and awareness of maritime issues and strategy. This site offers historical information on the Royal Australian Navy, including a brief history, naval battles of World War 2 and the role of the Navy in later operations.

Department of Defence

Search for a person - Australian War Memorial

Index page linking to nominal rolls of personnel who served in pre-First World War conflicts (the Sudan War, the Boer War and the Boxer Uprising) and the First World War. Included is a link to the First World War Embarkation Roll. The page also includes links to the Department of Veterans' Affairs nominal rolls for the Second World War, Korean War, Vietnam War and Gulf War.

Australian War Memorial

Search the Australian War Memorial collection

Search Australian military history with the Australian War Memorial and access biographical databases, such as the Roll of Honour, Commemorative Roll and various nominal rolls, and browse images from Australian Army war diaries.

Australian War Memorial

Ship histories (Royal Australian Navy)

View ship data and historical facts of former ships of the Royal Australian Navy.

Department of Defence

The Kokoda Track

Presents the major events of the Kokoda campaign and describes the people, history and topography involved in a defining moment in Australian history. It includes animated maps of key battles and video interviews with Australian Kokoda veterans.

Board of Studies NSW

Victoria Cross for Australia

The Victoria Cross for Australia is the pre-eminent award for acts of bravery in wartime and Australia's highest military honour.It is awarded to persons who, in the presence of the enemy, display the most conspicuous gallantry; a daring or pre-eminent act of valour or self-sacrifice; or extreme devotion to duty.

Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

World War 2 Nominal Roll

Created to honour and commemorate those who served in Australia's defence forces and Merchant Navy, this site contains information from the service records of some one million individuals who served during WWII. Search for service record details by name, service number, honours, place (of birth, of enlistment, or residential locality at enlistment). A certificate of service can be printed for every service record.

Department of Veterans' Affairs


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