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Japan enters World War II

The Japanese bombing of the American naval base at Pearl Harbor on 7 December 1941 caught the USA, Britain and their allies by surprise, as did the rapid progress of Japanese forces through Southeast Asia. This British Movietone newsreel captures Great Britain's response to Japan's sudden entry into World War II.

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Broome during World War II

This web site focusses on the events in Broome during World War II, in particular the air raids in 1942 and the aftermath. The site includes a virtual museum that includes photographs, newspaper articles, film clips and interviews for students to engage with historical information from a range of sources. The education ...

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Laptop wrap: Impact of World War II on Australian civilians

This resource is a page with a focus on the impact of World War II on Australian civilians, addressing empathy in History and ethical use of sources, with supporting activities and links to resources.

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Towards World War II: appeasing the fascists

In 1935 and '37, Australian Prime Minister Joseph Lyons met Italy's fascist dictator, Benito Mussolini. Lyons supported the international policy of 'appeasement', which sought to avoid a second world war by placating the demands of fascist leaders such as Mussolini and Adolf Hitler. Neither Lyons's diplomacy or the notion ...

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Life in a World War II commando company

Discover the hazards and the extreme hardships experienced by Australians fighting the Japanese Imperial Army during World War II. In this ABC Open report, World War II veteran Russell Blanch recalls some of his experiences while serving in an Australian commando company in the rugged mountains and dense jungles of New Guinea.

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The German Club in Adelaide decorated for Hitler's birthday, 1939

This is a black-and-white photograph that shows the German Club in Adelaide decorated for a celebration of the 50th birthday of the German Fuhrer (leader) Adolf Hitler. The photograph, which was taken on 20 April 1939 just five months before the start of the Second World War, shows a flight of flower-adorned steps leading ...

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Turning young civilians into regular soldiers

Australia was not the only country to debate the issue of conscription. This Movietone newsreel from the late 1930s shows Great Britain considering the merits of conscripting young men into the armed services.

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Invictus Games Sydney 2018 – HSIE/English Stage 5 – Veteran wellbeing

This Stage 5 HSIE/English resource examines Australia’s roles in war, including their involvement in WWI and WWII and highlights Australia’s role in the global context during the twentieth century. Students will examine the historical context of the wars and the perceptions that existed during the twentieth century regarding ...

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US soldier and air-raid shelter, Brisbane, 1942

This colour photograph taken in May 1942 shows a US army officer posing at the entrance of an underground air-raid shelter in Brisbane. The photo was taken in the grounds of Somerville House, an exclusive girls' boarding school requisitioned by the US forces in the Second World War as one of their headquarters in Brisbane. ...

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Apple II software game 'Battlefront', 1986

This is the cover of an Apple II software game called 'Battlefront - Corps Level Command'. It shows a tank and soldiers in an urban setting during the First World War. The soldiers carry guns, and at the left a house is on fire. The text on the cover reads: 'BATTLEFRONT / Corps Level Command / in World War II / Roger Keating ...

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Interior GMH Allison Overhaul Assembly Plant hangar, Brisbane, 1943

This black-and-white overhead photograph shows the interior of the large General Motors Holden (GMH) Allison Overhaul Assembly Plant hangar, or 'igloo', as it was nicknamed. The hangar, located at Albion in Brisbane, Queensland, was used for the US Army 81st Air Depot Group during the Second World War. It is partitioned ...

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Apple Macintosh software game 'Fire-Brigade, The Battle for Kiev, 1943', 1989

This is the cover of an Apple Macintosh software game called 'Fire-Brigade, The Battle for Kiev, 1943'. It shows a man on a tank in a field. There is an aeroplane in the sky. In the background are flames and two more tanks - one on fire. The text on the cover reads: 'FIRE-BRIGADE / The Battle for Kiev * 1943 / Dave 'Connor ...

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Bravery under fire: Australian war nurses

Australian Army Nursing Service (AANS) nurses were ordered to leave Singapore in the days before the city fell to Japanese forces, a critical phase in World War II. The ship on which the nurses travelled came under fire and many were killed while attending to wounded soldiers and passengers. In this newsreel, listen to ...

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Equipment, more equipment! WW II

How could Australians at home contribute to military success in Africa and Europe during World War II? In this clip from a wartime Movietone newsreel, former Australian Prime Minister Billy Hughes explains the challenges facing the 2nd Australian Imperial Force in 1941. He implores Australians to contribute to the manufacture ...

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Apple Macintosh software game 'Rommel Battles for North Africa', 1990

This is the cover of an Apple Macintosh software game called 'Rommel Battles for North Africa', which was provided on a 3 1/2-inch floppy disk. It shows a portrait of German field marshal Erwin Rommel. Two tanks crossing desert-like terrain are superimposed beneath his face. Text on the cover reads in part: 'ROMMEL / BATTLES ...

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Apple II software game 'Battles in Normandy, June-July 1944', 1987

This is the cover of an Apple II software game called 'Battles in Normandy June-July 1944'. It shows a man on a tank in a bare field. There are trees or bushes in the background. The text on the cover reads in part: 'BATTLES / IN NORMANDY / JUNE-JULY 1944' and 'Featuring the battles of ... / OMAHA * UTAH * SWORD * CHERBOURG ...

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Apple II software game 'Rommel Battles for North Africa', 1988

This is the cover of an Apple II software game called 'Rommel Battles for North Africa', which was provided on 5 1/4-inch floppy disks. It shows a portrait of German field marshal Erwin Rommel. Two tanks crossing desert-like terrain are superimposed beneath his face. A rectangular section at the bottom left of the cover ...

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Labour camps in Australia

Japanese-Australians were interned in forced labour camps during World War II. Why? Why do you think the internees who worked for Captain Reed felt grateful to him? What does this tell you about their treatment, in general, in other internment camps?

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Australian Women's Land Army

Have you heard of the Australian Women's Land Army? See if you can find out more about this inspiring organisation and about the work they performed during World War II.

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Building the atomic bomb

The use of atomic bombs on the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki hastened the surrender of Japan, bringing World War II to an end. The bombs killed more than 100,000 people immediately, while thousands more died of starvation, disease and radioactive exposure in the ensuing months. This US newsreel footage from 1945 presents ...