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First World War diary - Corporal S W Siddeley, 4 Apr 1915 - 11 May 1915

This is the leather-bound second volume of a diary kept by Corporal S W Siddeley. This volume was written from 4 April to 11 May 1915. The complete diary consists of three notebooks, written between October 1914 and September 1915. It contains graphic details of the landing of the Anzacs at Gallipoli and of the campaign, ...

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Broken Sun, 2008: German mortar attack

This clip shows Jack (Jai Koutrae) as he experiences the overwhelming noise and horror of trench warfare on the Western Front during the First World War. Jack and his fellow soldiers are seen sheltering in a trench when the first shell of an artillery barrage explodes nearby. As more shells explode and dirt pours on the ...

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Covenant of the League of Nations, 1919

This is the first page of the Covenant of the League of Nations, which is Part 1 of the Treaty of Versailles, the peace treaty to conclude the First World War signed at Versailles, France, on 28 June 1919 by the Allied nations and Germany. It begins with four guiding principles designed to promote international cooperation, ...

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Etaples Military Cemetery, France, c1920s

This is a black-and-white photograph of part of the Etaples Military Cemetery in northern France, taken in the 1920s. The large Cross of Sacrifice and trees either side of it are silhouetted against a cloudy sky as the sun rises over the Canche River estuary. A person stands looking towards the cross.

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Western Front

This collection about the Western Front - a series of trenches that stretched for 700 km from the Swiss border to the North Sea in the First World War - contains 22 digital curriculum resources. It is organised in five categories - conditions on the Western Front; trench warfare; behind the front line; caring for the casualties; ...

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Australia in World War 1, c1980: Over the top

This is a silent black-and-white clip depicting a battle scene on the Western Front in France during the final months of the First World War. Possibly a re-enactment, the clip opens with barbed wire in the foreground as an artillery barrage goes on behind. It then cuts to companies of Australian soldiers, with bayonets ...

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Australian Light Horse troopers

This is an excerpt from a silent documentary made in 1915, entitled 'World War I: Australian troops in the Middle East and France'. This excerpt shows troopers of the Australian Light Horse, part of the ANZAC Mounted Division, riding over sand dunes, presumably in the Sinai Desert.

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German prisoners of war

This is an excerpt from a silent documentary made in 1916, entitled 'World War I: Australian troops in the Middle East and France'. It shows wounded German soldiers in France, walking through bare, war-ravaged countryside, and taking a meal break, possibly near a wheat field.

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Billy Hughes with the troops in France

This is an excerpt from a silent documentary made in 1916, entitled 'World War I: Australian troops in the Middle East and France'. It shows the Right Honourable W M Hughes, Prime Minister of Australia, visiting AIF (Australian Imperial Force) troops in a war-damaged town in France. He is seen accompanied by an officer, ...

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Battlefield in France

This is an excerpt from a silent documentary made in 1916, entitled 'World War I: Australian troops in the Middle East and France'. It shows troops and horses moving along muddy roads on a battlefield in France.

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Australian troops in the trenches

This is an excerpt from a silent documentary made in 1916, entitled 'World War I: Australian Troops in the Middle East and France'. It shows Australian troops on the Western Front, moving through a trench, and the devastated landscape of the battleground.

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Morning at Passchendaele, 1917

This is a black-and-white composite photograph, taken by Frank Hurley on the morning after the first battle of Passchendaele during the First World War, showing Australian infantry survivors laying out and placing blankets over dead soldiers around a blockhouse near the site of Zonnebeke Railway Station in Belgium on 12 ...

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Alec Campbell recalls the 1915 Anzac landing

This is a sound recording, made in 2000-01, in which Gallipoli veteran Alec Campbell (1899-2002) remembers the shock, as a 16-year-old, of first seeing a man killed. He comments on the danger at Gallipoli because of the lack of cover, and goes on to note that half of his company became casualties. He concludes with the ...

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Aerial combat, France, 1914-18 - asset 2

This is an excerpt from a 1945 Movietone News compilation of old footage of early flights. The excerpt, entitled '1914-18: Aerial Combat', shows scenes from the First World War. There are scenes of several actions taken by a flying corps, probably practice or staged for the film - a ship and a farmhouse are bombed; a dirigible ...

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'Breach at Gate Pä, April 30, 1864'

This is a watercolour created by Lieutenant Horatio Gordon Robley showing Pukehinahina or Gate Pä at Tauranga, New Zealand, on the morning of 30 April 1864. Two British soldiers are standing guard over the scene. In the background two figures are carrying someone away on a stretcher. A slain Mäori defender lies in the trench ...

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'While there is still time', 1943 - part 8 of 11

This is an excerpt taken from a dramatised 1943 black-and-white war propaganda film titled 'While there is still time', which was made to persuade Australians at home to work and save for the war effort. This excerpt shows a group of Australian soldiers in a war trench in Libya. One of them is Jim, the boyfriend of the ...

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'While there is still time', 1943 - part 9 of 11

This is an excerpt taken from a dramatised 1943 black-and-white war propaganda film titled 'While there is still time', which was made to persuade Australians at home to work and save for the war effort. This excerpt shows a trench in Libya. One soldier, Larry, reads a letter to the injured Jim from Jim's girlfriend, Gracie ...

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Diggers, 1931: 'Hinky pinky parlay-voo'

This clip shows the final scenes from 'Diggers', a black-and-white film of 1931. It is the First World War and an Australian soldier farewells his French sweetheart (Eugenie Prescott) in her father's café in a French village. Soldiers march off to battle to a jaunty Australianised version of the song 'Mademoiselle from ...

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Cenotaph, 1993: Mateship in the army

This clip shows Australian veterans from the First World War visiting the graves of fallen comrades and taking part in a ceremony at a war cemetery in France. A veteran is heard in voice-over describing the special quality of mateship in the army. Another veteran emotionally describes how he and his mate Bob were inseparable ...

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Forty Thousand Horsemen, 1940: The Australians are coming

This black-and-white clip shows graphic scenes of the charge of the Australian Light Horse down a sand dune onto the trenches of the Turkish enemy below. The soundtrack includes a bugle call, the sound of gunfire and shells, the pounding of hooves and shouts and horses whinnying. Among the melee of the charge one soldier's ...