Title Details

Tobruk to Tarakan

An overview of the era leading up to the Second World War and the war itself.
Year : 1965 | Total Duration : 30 Minutes | Producer : Frank Bagnall
Pan across Martin Place, pedestrians, cars,people crossing street.
Access No. 133137 | 25 secs | 1930s | Martin Place, Sydney, NSW, Australia | © Contact Film Australia Collection Library | B&W |
Don Bradman walks through crowd to bat in cricket match, group of women excited and clapping. Surf lifesaving boat riding wave into shore. High angle WS o f surf carnival, lifesavers in march past. Horse race featuring horse named Ajax. John Bromwich and Adrian Quist in doubles tennis match. Head of the River boat race regatta with winning team, Shore (Sydney School of England Grammar School). High angle shot of schoolboys celebrating victory of race, throwing school hats in air
Access No. 133138 | 41 secs | 1930s | Sydney, NSW, Australia | © Contact Film Australia Collection Library | B&W |
Newspaper broadsheets or billboard headline, War Declared. High angle of crowd of men most wearing hats, enlistment posters and broadsheets. VS of men in line for WWII enlistment. MS of officer writing at desk. Sign for 2nd AIF Recruiting Depot. Height and chest being measured, chest being taped in medical examination. Recruits leaving building with kit bag and carrying uniforms. Soldiers carrying out drill and VS of platoon in training exercises. Aerial of military march through streets of Sydney. Soldiers boarding ship up gang plank, embarking warship. WWII
Access No. 133139 | 1 min 51 secs | 1940s | Sydney, NSW, Australia | © Contact Film Australia Collection Library | B&W |
Soldiers onboard warship linking arms and singing Auld Lang Syne. Civilian men waving from rigging on ship, women and men civilians waving from passing ferry, one woman waving a pair of bloomers. VS four passenger liners, including Queen Mary and Aquitania leaving Sydney Harbour (10 January, 1940) carrying 6,600 troops of 2nd AIF. Battleship in escort, CU of gun. Troops training and exercising on deck of ship, nurses playing deck quoits, nurses and soldiers watching boxing match on deck. LS of destroyer warship seen through porthole. CU on profile of two nurses. Soldiers disembarking at Palestine. MS of army trucks being off loaded. WWII
Access No. 133140 | 1 min 22 secs | 1940s | Australia | © Contact Film Australia Collection Library | B&W |
Soldiers leaning out and waving from train leaving from El Kantara (Qantara), Egypt, and heading for Palestine. Disembarking in Junis. Unloading supplies from train. Soldiers running towards camera and jumping over bunkers of sandbags, advancing on foot. Training exercises in North African desert, including soldiers on motor bikes, tanks across desert, troops dug into fox holes, signpost to Capuzzo, Bardia, Trobuch. Covered army trucks through desert, past barbed wire fences and soldiers in trenches. MS of soldier in helmet and smoking, firing anti aircraft guns, soldier on lookout using binoculars, good shots of guns firing, tanks and soldiers running under fire. VS ground and air action in desert campaign. WWII
Access No. 133141 | 1 min 22 secs | 1940s | El Qantara, Egypt, Palestine, Tobruk | © Contact Film Australia Collection Library | B&W |
Anti aircraft guns firing at planes in the sky. Dust, explosions, tanks, soldiers walking and carrying bayonets, white flag of surrender. Pan of war damage, soldier in trench holding white dog. Dead soldiers (Italians) and spent mortar shells at Tobruk. Soldiers carrying wounded soldier on stretcher. Red Cross truck, ambulance stops in desert camp, wind blowing desert sand storm. Australian soldiers in slouch hats carrying wounded into tent. CU on legs of three nurses walking and tents and tent ropes blowing in desert sand storm. WWII
Access No. 133142 | 1 min 4 secs | 1940s | Tobruk, Libya | © Contact Film Australia Collection Library | B&W |
HA of ship's bow with three guns ploughing through rough seas, March 1941. HA shot of emergency forces from Britain, New Zealand, Australia and Poland in despatch from Alexandria to Greece. LS of two warships at sea. LS Australian soldiers in slouch hats disembarking down gangplank. Troops marching through streets of Greece, people lining streets to watch and trolley car in B/G. Armoured trucks and line of troops marching along winding open country road. Greek woman dressed in black carrying basket of hay on her back. WWII
Access No. 133365 | 54 secs | 1940s | Greece | © Contact Film Australia Collection Library | B&W |
Low angle LS of German Stuka bomber (luftwaffe) planes attacking Greek village, Elasson. LS of explosions as bombs are dropped on Greek villages. VS of war damaged and bombed villages and homes. Allied defeat . Two children sitting on their possessions in street of rubble as army vehicle drives past. WWII (1941)
Access No. 133407 | 39 secs | 1940s | Elasson, Greece | © Contact Film Australia Collection Library | B&W |
WS of warships in harbour carrying Allies to Crete. Soldiers disembarking in Alexandria, Egypt after evacuation from Crete. Soldiers carrying wounded off ship on stretchers. Pan across large number of soldiers waiting on wharf. Syrian campaign against pro-German Vichy-French troops. Army jeep over pontoon to ship in Syria. Sandstone road sign ÒFrontier Libano SyrienneÓ. Australian soldiers carrying bayonets and running over desert landscape, VS ground action. MS of soldiers firing guns from behind camouflage nets in capture of Damour in Syria. Quick shot of army truck through Syrian village. WWII (July, 1941)
Access No. 133408 | 1 min 12 secs | 1940s | Alexandria, Egypt, Damour, Syria | © Contact Film Australia Collection Library | B&W |
German soldiers marching in goose-step and army vehicles moving into Tripoli. Pan across German officers, including Rommel, briefing his troops. Various CU shots of German soldiers. WWII (1941)
Access No. 133409 | 41 secs | 1940s | Tripoli, Greece | © Contact Film Australia Collection Library | B&W |
Australian soldiers dig trenches in area near Tobruk harbour, blacksmith forging makeshift weapons in AASC Workshop, pan of Tobruk harbour littered with bombed and war damaged warship hulks, soldiers unloading supplies from ship. Soldiers washing clothes in salt water in 44 gallon drums. Soldiers (Rats of Tobruk) awaking from sleep in trenches, CU of sleeping soldier being bothered by flies. Soldiers, smoking, bare chests and wearing medallions around their necks, opening canned food in underground trenches. CU on tin of ascorbic acid (vitamin C) tablets used to flavour food. WWII (1941)
Access No. 133410 | 1 min 10 secs | 1940s | Tobruk, Libya | © Contact Film Australia Collection Library | B&W |
CU on soldier emptying a water flask of the last drops of water, lack of food and supplies for troops in Tobruk. MS soldier peering out of tent through a mesh insect screen. Soldiers leaving dugout trenches, running across desert and firing up anti aircraft guns. LS of explosions and CUs of guns firing. German stuka bombers in sky releasing bombs and track of plane dive bombing, descending after being hit, good natural sound. Aftermath of defence of Tobruk, damaged planes, tanks, and buildings on fire. Australian officers inspecting damaged buildings and rubble, dead German soldier. Damaged warships in piles of twisted metal in harbour. WWII (1941)
Access No. 133411 | 2 mins 18 secs | 1940s | Tobruk, Libya | © Contact Film Australia Collection Library | B&W |
Australian soldiers, allied troops preparing to leave Tobruk on trucks, wave to camera from trucks. CU of Australian soldier with stubble beard and wearing slouch hat. LS of warship, destroyer at sea in silhouette. Australian troops play draughts on deck of ship and sleeping on the kit bags with their legs on the rails, relaxing as they head for the Pacific . Low angle CU of man smoking cigar. Australia soldiers on deck of ship looking at warship in distance. Wake of ship at sea. WWII (December,1941)
Access No. 133412 | 46 secs | 1940s | Tobruk, Libya | © Contact Film Australia Collection Library | B&W |
December 1941, Chinese junks, sampans in Singapore harbour. Australian soldiers constructing a roadway using timber poles and covering it with sand, digging tenches in the sand, cooking over open fires in large saucepans and constructing tents in camp. Preparing for defence of Malaya. Line of soldiers in tropics carrying guns and hacking their way through jungle path. Soldiers on watch wearing insect protection over their helmets. Low angle WS of white Japanese aircraft flying in formation, Zero planes. CU of explosions, guns being fired and VS of war damage in the fall of Singapore. Singapore ablaze from bomb damage. Skeleton of two storey building on fire. WWII (December, 1941)
Access No. 133413 | 1 min 22 secs | 1940s | Singapore | © Contact Film Australia Collection Library | B&W |
Daily Mail newspaper broadsheet, Singapore Falls. High angle WS of Changi prison camp and interior shots of Australian prisoners of war sitting on floor o Nissan huts. Improvised medical facilities in prison camp, MS of emaciated starving men with ribs showing playing cards. MS of single man with ribs protruding. WWII (1941)
Access No. 133414 | 40 secs | 1940s | Singapore | © Contact Film Australia Collection Library | B&W |
WS of Port Moresby harbour. High angle WS of warship at wharf. Australian troops disembarking down gangplank. Good MS of soldiers down gangplank. Aerials over Port Moresby and mountains of the Owen Stanley range in New Guinea. Australian troops in jungle camp and marching through jungle in line to Kokoda Trail. WWII (1942)
Access No. 133415 | 1 min 10 secs | 1940s | Port Moresby & Owen Stanley Ranges, Papua New Guinea | © Contact Film Australia Collection Library | B&W |
Damien Parer footage: CU on their feet bogged in mud and using ropes to pull tank from mud. Low angle shot of DC3 plane in flight and dropping supplies into jungle areas. New Guinea natives looking at plane as it drops supplies. High angle pan over supply bags. Soldiers in jungle camp with boiling water and eating. Line of Australian soldiers trek through jungle, native stretcher bearers (Fuzzy Wuzzy Angels) carrying injured soldier across flowing stream. Soldier helping injured soldier with bandaged head , arm in sling and wearing cloak (classic shot) crossing river. CU of their feet in mud. Native stretcher bearers carrying injured soldier up steep hill in rain. WS of camp in rain. WWII (1942)
Access No. 133416 | 1 min 58 secs | 1940s | Kokoda , Papua New Guinea | © Film World | B&W |
Damien Parer footage: Australian soldier lighting a cigarette for another injured soldier. Makeshift medical facilities. High angle WS of base hospital and VS of Australian soldiers in hospital beds. VS of nurses making patients comfortable and helping with physiotherapy exercises. WWII (1942)
Access No. 133417 | 54 secs | 1940s | Kokoda , Papua New Guinea | © Film World | B&W |
Damien Parer footage : WS of planes in flight in formation, soldiers parachuting, paratroopers, from plane over Markham Valley. High angle shot of parachutes drifting into landing. Good ground to air shots of parachutes from plane (DC3) or Biscuit Bombers, dropping paratroopers. Australian soldiers in jungle camps, trekking in thick jungle, firing mortar from anti aircraft guns, jungle warfare. High angle close shot of dead soldiers. Digging graves to bury soldiers. CU soldier lighting cigarette. Memorial service for dead soldiers at grave in heavy rain. WWII
Access No. 133418 | 3 mins 22 secs | 1940s | Markham Valley & Shaggy Ridge, Papua New Guinea | © Contact Film Australia Collection Library | B&W |
LS of explosion on warship at sea. Black smoke plumes from bombed ships in Borneo campaign. Soldiers disembark from landing barges at Tarakan, unloading gun carriages, black smoke pouring from fired oil wells in distance. Tanks through jungle, stretcher bearers helping injured soldiers from jungle, injured soldiers being given medical attention. Liberation of Borneo. MS soldier reading letter from home. WWII (May, 1945)
Access No. 133419 | 2 mins 24 secs | 1940s | Tarakan, Borneo | © Contact Film Australia Collection Library | B&W |
VJ Day, celebration of the end of war with Japan with a victory march or parade, ticker tape falling through the air, streamers in Martin Place, horse and cart along street, women dancing along the street with peace signs, men dancing in street, people playing in ticker tape, soldiers marching through streets, children lining streets and waving flags as troops march past. WWII. August, 1945
Access No. 133420 | 37 secs | 1940s | Sydney, NSW, Australia | © Film World | B&W |
Pan across a city construction site to city high rise buildings. WS of Flinders Street Railway Station entrance with pedestrians crossing intersection. Young children in school playground playing, teacher looks at watch, bell rings and teacher addresses children at microphone at assembly.
Access No. 133421 | 38 secs | 1940s | Melbourne, Vic, Australia | © Contact Film Australia Collection Library | B&W |
Native stretcher bearers , Fuzzy Wuzzy Angels, carry injured soldiers down steep hillside in jungle, stretcher on jeep across shallow stream, and being assisted by Australian soldiers. Prisoners of War in line for food, carrying enamel mugs and plates. MS of very thin and sick emaciated prisoner s of war being liberated from Changi. Two injured men helping each other walk to plane on tarmac. WWII
Access No. 133422 | 31 secs | 1940s | New Guinea | © Contact Film Australia Collection Library | B&W |
Pedestrians in suits walking along city street in Martin Place, Sydney. High angle shot of pedestrians on crossing.
Access No. 133423 | 30 secs | 1950s | Sydney, NSW, Australia | © Contact Film Australia Collection Library | B&W |