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Australian Army at War 1939-1945

An authentic record of Australian soldiers' participation in the Second World War.
Series : Australian War Experience | Episode : 2 | Year : 1965 | Total Duration : 33 Minutes | Producer : Frank Bagnall
Martin Place Sydney in the 30's, pedestrians, traffic. Don Bradman carrying his bat, walks onto cricket field. Surf carnival on beach, surf boat catches wave, team march past. Horse racing at Randwick, Ajax wins. John Bromwich plays men's doubles tennis with Adrian Quist, serve in Davis Cup match at Forest Hills USA. Shore College wins head of river on the Nepean, schoolboys cheering their team during race (1939)
Access No. 40578 | 52 secs | 1930s | Sydney, NSW, Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
The Sun newspaper billboard headline War Declared. Good HAS men flock to join up, queues at 2nd AIF Recruiting Depot. Enlistment posters. Sign 2nd AIF Recruiting Depot, more queues as men enlist for service, men undergo medical examination, men out of recruitment depot carrying uniforms and kit bags , wearing slouch hats WWII
Access No. 40579 | 1 min 3 secs | 1940s | Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
Soldiers in training, vs soldiers march through Sydney along George Street, troops up gangplank onto ship, more troops embarking, waving to camera, troops link hands, sing Auld Lang Syne on deck of ship, troops singing, waving from deck on rigging, ferry containing civilians waving farewell, woman waves her bloomers WWII
Access No. 40580 | 1 min 9 secs | 1940s | Sydney, NSW, Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
VS four passenger liners, including Queen Mary and the Aquitania, carrying 6,600 men of the 2nd AIF (10 January 1940) to North Africa leaving Sydney Harbour. Battleship in escort, CU gun. Troops exercise on deck of ship, nurses playing deck quoits, boxing match in progress as men watch on deck, CU nurses watching, LS destroyer through porthole. WWII`
Access No. 40581 | 36 secs | 1940s | Sydney, Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
Wharf POV as ship docks, CU nurses faces. Men and supplies including vehicles disembarking in Palestine - Kontara, men waving from windows of passenger train across Egypt, arriving and disembarking in Tunis WWII
Access No. 40585 | 39 secs | 1940s | Palestine, Egypt, Tunisia, North Africa | © NFSA | B&W |
Men training in North African desert, troops on motorcycles, tanks. Trucks moving down desert road en route to Bardia campaign against the Italians, troops dug into fox holes in ground, artillery fired, soldiers advancing on foot into smoke, carrying rifles - note the Australians often fought alongside the British, VS ground and air action during desert campaign, heavy artillery fired WWII
Access No. 40586 | 1 min 19 secs | 1940s | Tunisia, North Africa, Bardia, Libya | © NFSA | B&W |
Libya, white surrender flags, empty Italian camp, injured soldier stroking a dog,dead and injured troops, tanks, ambulance, exterior army hospital desert dust storm, patients into tent, nurses walking outside in storm (only their legs can be seen) WWII
Access No. 40587 | 47 secs | 1940s | Bardia, Libya, North Africa | © NFSA | B&W |
Bow of ship at sea, emergency force consisting of British, New Zealand, Australian and Polish troops en route to Greece from Alexandria, convoy ships at sea. Troops disembarking, troops march through Athens streets, trucks on road moving north in March 1941, old Greek peasant woman carrying load of hay on her back (March 1941) WWII
Access No. 40588 | 49 secs | 1940s | Athens, Greece | © NFSA | B&W |
German Stuka planes bombard allies at Elasson where General Thomas Blamey's headquarters was situated, bombing, pan bombed Greek village of Elasson as Australians retreat, woman and child sitting on suitcase, trucks down road (1941) WWII
Access No. 40590 | 42 secs | 1940s | Elasson, Greece | © NFSA | B&W |
Ships carrying allies to Crete, troops disembarking in Alexandria Egypt after evacuation of Crete, injured man on stretcher carried down gangplank in Alexandria, many troops on wharf. Syrian campaign against pro- German Vichy- French troops, action, road sign for Libya Syria border, ground action, artillery fired, sign for D'Amour (1941) WWII
Access No. 40591 | 1 min 9 secs | 1940s | Crete, Greece, Alexandria, Egypt, Libya, Syria, North Africa | © NFSA | B&W |
German troops march down country road, Rommel and German Afrika Corps into Libya, Rommel briefing his troops. vs German troops, Area near Tobruk Harbour where 24,00 Australian troops stand firm, Australians digging trenches, blacksmith at work, Tobruk Harbour littered with hulks of bombed ships, troops unloading supplies over the top of hulks (1941) WWII
Access No. 40593 | 1 min 17 secs | 1940s | Tripoli, Tobruk, Libya, North Africa | © NFSA | B&W |
Men wash clothes in salt water in 44 gallon drums, soldiers Rats of Tobruk in holes in the ground, some sleeping, some on lookout, some eating, vitamin tablets used to flavour the food, empty water containers, men climbing out of bunkers and running to artillery guns, guns firing some captured Italian guns, mortar fired, German Commandant looking through binoculars, Stukas dive bombing Australians in desert good natural sound of Stuka screaming, air to air Stuka planes, ship in harbour suffers direct hit (1941) WWII
Access No. 40594 | 2 mins 11 secs | 1940s | Tobruk, Libya, North Africa | © NFSA | B&W |
German officers in desert , bombing aftermath in defence of Tobruk, deserted harbour with half sunk ship, ruined buildings, dead German soldier, another with head in hands, heavily damaged ships, allied troops prepare to leave on ships and vehicles, troops wave to camera from back of trucks (December 1941) WWII
Access No. 40596 | 54 secs | 1940s | Tobruk, Libya, North Africa | © NFSA | B&W |
Destroyer at sea, CU's men relax on board ship as they head for the Pacific (December 1941) WWII
Access No. 40597 | 25 secs | 1940s | Pacific Ocean | © NFSA | B&W |
Chinese junks in Singapore harbour, men prepare for defence of Malaya, building road from trees, digging trench, eat food, working party walking in single file carrying rifles and digging equipment, (December 1941). la Japanese Zero planes in formation, troops fire artillery. City of Singapore during its fall - bomb damage & fires, ha Singapore covered in smoke, fortress of Singapore on fire newspaper banner announcing Fall of Singapore 22,000 Australian prisoners taken (February 1942)
Access No. 40598 | 1 min 24 secs | 1940s | Singapore, Malaya | © NFSA | B&W |
HAS Changi prisoner of war camp, men in nissan hut at Changi, sitting on bunks, playing cards, setting up hospital, emaciated Australian prisoner , ha camp - footage most likely shot after the liberation of the camp in 1945 WWII
Access No. 40600 | 32 secs | 1940s | Changi, Singapore, Malaya | © NFSA | B&W |
Regular army Troops disembarking in Port Moresby after returning from the Middle East, aerial Port Moresby Harbour, aerials Owen Stanley Ranges Papua and New Guinea, men in jungle carrying huge loads of supplies on their backs,heading for Kokoda trail (1942) WWII
Access No. 40601 | 1 min 13 secs | 1940s | Port Moresby, Kokoda, Papua New Guinea | © NFSA | B&W |
CU militia soldiers walking in mud, artillery guns pulled up muddy track by men and ropes, DC3 plane towards camera, air to air DC3 - Biscuit Bomber, interior as supplies unloaded, supplies bounce on ground, men eating , men on jungle trail, Fuzzy Wuzzy Angels (native stretcher bearers) carrying wounded soldiers on stretchers, crossing stream, wounded man wearing bandage over his eyes (famous shot) - Warrant Officer W Johnson of Trafalgar), being helped by mate (Sgt Gordon Ayre of Shepparton) across stream and up muddy track at Salamaua, stretcher bearers in the rain, soldier lights his injured mate's cigarette at dressing station, primitive medical supplies, ws base hospital, wounded recovering (1942) WWII
Access No. 40602 | 2 mins 49 secs | 1940s | Kokoda, Papua New Guinea | © NFSA | B&W |
Aircraft in formation, paratroopers jump out and away over the Markham Valley - US & Australian troops, good shots ground to air DC3's dropping paratroopers, troops on Shaggy Ridge New Guinea plan jungle battle tactics, troops through jungle carrying rations, barrage of mortars and mountain guns in enemy attack at Salamaua, injured soldier carried on stretcher by others, Australian soldiers advance through tall grass, dead Japanese soldiers, CU allied soldier smoking(1942/3) - Footage shot by Damien Parer WWII
Access No. 40605 | 3 mins 3 secs | 1940s | Markham Valley, Shaggy Ridge, Salamaua, Papua New Guinea | © NFSA | B&W |
Funeral of soldiers on jungle ridge in pouring rain at Salamaua (filmed by Damien Parer), Cannungra Jungle Training Camp in North Q?ueensland where troops prepare for Papua and New Guinea service (1943) after their return from the Middle East, vs training, bridge building WWII
Access No. 40607 | 1 min 9 secs | 1940s | Salamaua, Papua New Guinea; Cannungra, Qld, Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
Ships at sea, troops on deck of ship en route to Borneo writing letters, shaving, troops into landing barges as troops prepare to land in Tarakan, Borneo (1 May 1945). Ship fires guns in support, troops disembark from landing barges on beach, troops and tanks,troops moving inland, fires at oil refinery, ws camp, bridge building & supplies carried, spraying DDT as protection against malaria, locals walking, wounded man carried on stretcher,others wounded, men read letters. WWII
Access No. 40608 | 5 mins 17 secs | 1940s | Tarakan, Borneo | © NFSA | B&W |
Ticker tape parade in Sydney streets, wild jubilation as crowd celebrates the end of war with Japan (VJ Day), streamers in Martin Place, horse and cart in street, soldiers march through streets of Sydney, women and children waving flags as troops march, troops march through jubilant crowds in Victory March (August1945) WWII
Access No. 40610 | 36 secs | 1940s | Sydney, NSW, Australia | © Thought Equity Motion | B&W |
Buildings of city. Flinders Street Railway Station in Melbourne, pedestrians, traffic. Children in school playground, teacher looks at watch, teacher wearing RSL (Returned Service League) Badge, mounts dais, addresses children at assembly WWII
Access No. 40613 | 38 secs | 1940s | Melbourne, Vic, Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
Native stretcher bearers (Fuzzy Wuzzy Angels) carrying wounded man on stretcher down hillside in New Guinea, wounded man on jeep, emaciated prisoners in Changi at liberation, wounded man on tarmac, helped towards aircraft. Post War pedestrians in Martin Place, Sydney, ha mass of people walking across pedestrian crossing WWII
Access No. 40614 | 43 secs | 1940s | Kokoda, Papua New Guinea, Changi, Singapore; Sydney, NSW, Australia | © Thought Equity Motion (formerly Film World) | B&W |
Titles (pages of a book being turned) - Repatriation Department Presents a Series of Films - No.2 Australian Army at War 1939 - 1945. WWII
Access No. 123439 | 23 secs | 1940s | © NFSA | B&W |