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History: Australians at War: WWII


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Take a look in the Christopher Brennan Library for books that will supplement your learning and understanding of Australians at war during WWII.

A CLOSED RESERVE trolley of books has been put together for this task.

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Assess the wartime contribution of ONE of the following groups of Australians during WWII: Citizens Military Force; Coast watchers; Rats of Tobruk; HMAS Parramatta; HMAS Sydney; Lark Force; HMAS Centaur; Australians involved with Bomber Command; Australians involved in the Battle of Britain; Australians in Greece and Crete; Australian Nurses; Women; Attack Force Z; RAN; RAAF; Indigenous Service people. 

Useful Weblinks

Australia's War 1939-1945 A great source of information about Australia's role in WWII. The many theatres and campaigns are covered, along with POWs and specific personalities.

Homefront and WWII This page by the State Library of Victoria brings together many useful resources and covers topics such as the conscription debate, food rationing, preparing for invasion and the influence of American servicemen on Australians at home.

 Australian War Memorial - World War II An overview of Australia's involvement in WWII, including further research guides, sources and links.

Abroad WWII This page by the State Library of Victoria brings together many useful resources and covers information about the Kokoda campaign, Rats of Tobruk and Battle of Crete.

World War II A BBC page featuring articles written by historians. Covers the causes, events and people of the most destructive war in history.

National Archives of Australia Discover our fascinating collection of more than 100 years of Australian Government records, documenting the history of individuals, communities, and the nation.

National Archives of Australia: The Bombing of Darwin Fact sheets introduce you to a variety of subjects and people represented in the collection, and link to a selection of records and further information. They are a useful starting point for research.

Group Captain Clive Caldwell DSO, DFC, (and Bar) This biographical entry is produced by The Australian War Memorial. 

Remembering 1942: Sydney Under Attack Dr Robert Nichols, an editor for the Austalian War Memorial, presented a talk on the Japanese midget submarine attack on Sydney Harbour. A transcript of the talk is available as well as a recorded download of the talk.

Z Special Unit This link is to the AWM Collection on all material related to Z Special Unit. This includes digitised collection, private records, photographs, manuscripts, sound and art material. 

Devotion: Stories of Australian Wartime Nurses Some of the stories in this collection relate to material from the Australian War Memorial’s special exhibition Nurses: from Zululand to Afghanistan. 

Second World War Nurses This weblink is to the AWM exhibition and covers content relating to WWII nurses in the Middle East, Greece, Crete, nurses at home and the Centaur.

Greece and Crete April - May 1941 This link is to the AWM website detailing Australia's involvement in Greece and Crete during WWII.

75th Anniversary of the Sinking of HMAS Sydney (II) This weblink appears on the SA Veterans website. Use the links at the end of the entry for further reading on the HMAS Sydney.

HMAS Sydney (II) This weblink is to the Australian Navy website official entry on HMAS Sydney (II).

HMAS Parramatta (II) This weblink is to the Australian Navy website official entry on HMAS Parramatta (II). 

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