Videos

Hospital ship sunk [AWM F00349]

The Royal Australian Navy (excerpt) [AWM F00322]

'The RAN', a Movietone News (excerpt) [AWM F00322]

Invasion of Hollandia [AWM F01731]

On 22 April 1944 Task Force 'Reckless', assisted by aircraft of TF58 and gunfire of United States and Australian naval vessels, invaded Dutch New Guinea in an amphibious operation and began a pincers movement against the Hollandia Region from landing-points at Tanahmera and Humboldt Bays. The film shows the Tanahmera Bay landing and follows the operations inland to Lake Sentani and Hollandia Airfield. The film also includes American, German and Javanese familes and an Australian Plantation Manager, all of whom had been prisoners of the Japanese in the area. Scenes 60 to 67 show the Finschafen area, from where the invasion convoy left and aerial shots of the convoy at Sae. A portion of this convoy, 'Taskforce Persecution' was detached to land on the coast of Australian New Guinea in the Aitape area, at the same time as the Hollandia landing. 22 April 1944.

(Identified personnel: General Douglas MacArthur, Generals Eichelberger and Krueger, General Irving, Lieut. Hildrich Joseph United States 41st Divison, Colonel Lyman, General Fuller, Dr. Theodore Braum, General Byers).

Messenger dogs [AWM F07065]

Film sequences showing the training and use of messenger dogs in the forward areas occupied by the 2/27th Battalion near the Faria River in the Ramu Valley. 21 October 1943.

2/4th Field Bakery [AWM F07068]

The men of the 2/4th Field Bakery baked thousands of bread rolls each day in improvised ovens. Ramu River area, Huon Peninsula, 23 November 1943.

Fall of Sattelberg (excerpt) [AWM F01878]

Lae falls to Australians [AWM F01616]

A newsreel story of the capture of Lae by the 7th and 9th Australian Divisions. The film was made in September 1943.

Shaggy Ridge [AWM F01699]

The attack on Shaggy Ridge showing bombing and strafing by B-35 Mitchell Bombers, the troops moving along the Faria River and the actual attack on Japanese positions. The evacuation of wounded troops includes Private Eric Knight of Crows Nest, New South Wales who is shown being treated for wounds at the Regimental Aid Post. January 1944.

Salamua [AWM F01867]

Australian and US troops around Roosevelt Ridge in the Mubo-Salamua area. The film contains images of Corporal Leslie Allan, MM. August 1943.

War on the roof of New Guinea [AWM F00722]

Bulolo airfield, Wau, overlooking Salamua.

The Battle for Wau [AWM F00722]

Their recovery [AWM F02617]

POW repatriation [AWM F07436]

On 2 March 1946, 2500 Japanese, Formosan and Korean nationals – former prisoners of war and internees – embarked on the Daikai Maru. The prisoners arrived at No 1 wharf Balmain in Sydney’s inner west and were immediately taken on board after an identification check.

Major General Eric Plant and Lieutenant General Frank Berryman accompanied by Commander Knight, Royal Naval Reserve, carried out an inspection of the Daikai Maru and watched the prisoners go aboard.

Italian POWs arrive [AWM F00529]

Passing out of Officer Cadets [AWM F07122]

On 25 November 1944, Sergeant (Sgt) Lindsay Bear DCM MM, Sgt Tom Derrick VC DCM and Sgt Reg Saunders were presented with their pips at the passing out parade at the Officer Cadets’ Training Unit (OCTU) Seymour, Victoria.

Sgt Saunders was the first Indigenous Australian to be given a commission in the Australian Army.

Aborigines: Soldiers of the King

[AWM F00519]

Women's Land Army [AWM F00601]

Women's Land Army - all Australians were encouraged to contribute to the defence of Australia and films like these were made to demonstrate the ways in which Australian women could contribute to the war effort. This video encourages women to volunteer for the Australian Women's Land Army.

W.A.A.F.'S Step Out [AWM F00601]

'Victory Suit' [AWM F01641]

Mr John Dedman, Minister for War Organisation of Industry, introduces the new austerity-style 'Victory Suit' to journalists.

Saving labour and material

...a 'Complete Victory Outfit'

Army Salvage

Discarded uniforms become smart suits for emergency use

Making gold bars to aid war funds [AWM F01468]

Give us this day [AWM F07052]

American Admiral of ANZAC [AWM F00338]

Around the clock at American Service Club [AWM F00357]

Air Observer Corps doing vital war job [AWM F02095]

VDC - Civilian Army [AWM F00567]

The New Front Line – a video produced by the Department of Home Security. [AWM F01763]

Australia helps Russia prepare for winter. [AWM F00357]

Armoured fighting vehicles – Australian made! [AWM F0601]

The V.D.C. on Parade! [AWM F00601]

A sermon on the sandhills. [AWM F01227]

War photographer and cinematographer Frank Hurley shot this silent film on 29 September 1942 in the Alamein sector where Salvation Army Padre Commissioner Bill Tibbs was leading a service in the sandhills.

Gas alarm

This silent film taken by war photographer and cinematographer Frank Hurley shows nurses of the 2/5th Australian General Hospital receiving instruction on gas respirators in the western desert in April 1941. [AWM F01078]

Father Christmas under shellfire

This silent film taken by war photographer and cinematographer Frank Hurley in December 1942, less than 2000 yards from the German lines, shows the men purchasing gifts for their families. [AWM F01831]

Red Shield on the Battlefront

This silent film shot by war photographer and cinematographer Frank Hurley in 1942 presents images of the Salvation Army in the Western Desert. [AWM F01827]

Sapper Bill Rudd [No: 0200, Australians at War Film Archive]

Bill Rudd was a sapper with the 2/7th Field Company, Royal Australian Engineers in the 9th Australian Division at El Alamein. In this interview excerpt he discusses the night of 26-27 July 1942 when more than 400 officers and men in the 2/28th Battalion were forced to surrender to the Germans at Ruin Ridge.

Kokoda Front Line! [AWM F01582]

Sydney shelled [AWM F00349]

East Coast attacks [AWM F00349]

Eight men... [AWM F00348]

Japanese raid... [AWM F00348]

The sinking of the Kuttabul [AWM F00348]

Macdhui meets her end. [Fox Movietone News Vol. 13 No. 33. AWM F00355]

Scenes at Port Moresby

March - April 1942 filmed by Squadron Leader J.F. Jackson DFC. [AWM F04911]

Action stations [AWM F00355]

Hit and run [AWM F01615]

From Men of Timor filmed by Damien Parer.

Ruins of Baalbek [AWM F001138]

Some extraordinary shots of Australian troops sightseeing amongst the ruins at Baalbek, Syria (now, Lebanon).

Damascus [AWM F001139]

Hurley’s film clip shows the bazaars, vendors, mosques and local craftsmen in Damascus, Syria. 1941.

Special delivery: An Anzac Letter from Syria [AWM F00302]

An excerpt from a Fox movietone newsreel showing the Australians in the Syrian Campaign, 1941.

The drive on Beirut [AWM F00302]

An official film taken by war photographer and cinematographer Frank Hurley showing the drive on Beirut by the Australian 7th Division during the Syrian campaign in 1941.

A Lebanese welcome to Australian troops [AWM F01128]

Frank Hurley’s film captures the arrival of Australian troops in the Syrian village of Abbe and the presentation of a gift of grapes to Lieutenant Fred Terry, 1 Australia Corps Salvage Unit.

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