Australian pathways to Victory in the Pacific

First year ... 1939

A year-by-year description of Australia's involvement in World War II. Taking you through photographs, newspaper clippings, newsreels and our veterans' stories so you can see what people did, read, saw and remembered.


Episode 4 of our Paths to Victory series explores how the war ends with the defeat of Japan

A crowd of people with hands raise and cheering

Significant sites

Take a step back in time with a series of ‘then and now’ photos of Australia in World War II

Montage of a 2020 colour photograph of an 1870s-era homestead overlaid with a 1943 photograph of two male guards in front of a roughly fenced building.


Newsreel footage of Australian soldiers on Borneo was shown at cinemas throughout Australia

Veterans' stories

Frederick 'Fred' Sharon enlisted in the RAAF on 11 March 1944 at 18 years of age


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Commemorations and War Graves Australia is an official channel for the Department of Veterans' Affairs. We share heartwarming and little-known stories of Australians who served in our defence forces.