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War in the Pacific


Unlike World War I, the Second World War was waged much closer to home. This time, they were facing an enemy in their own Pacific neighbourhood, aiming to invade the mainland. Civilians had to prepare for the invasion, and they faced years of hardships and shortages.

Australia's War 1939-1945

A major educational site containing text, documents, graphics, video and audio about Australians in World War 2 including battles and campaigns such as the fall of Singapore, Tobruk, Kokoda, POWs and the homefront.

World War Two Collection - Digital Library

These materials focus on the World War II era from 1939 to 1945, and the immediate postwar period of the late 1940s.

Life During World War II in Photographs

Photographs in private albums form an important record of life at home and the front during World War II.

Cowra breakout

By August 1944 there were 2,223 Japanese prisoners of war in Australia, including 544 merchant seamen. Of these 1,104 were housed in Camp B of No. 12 Prisoner of War Compound near Cowra, in the central west of New South Wales. They were guarded by the 22nd Garrison Battalion.

Brisbane Line

The “Brisbane line” was an alleged plan to abandon Northern Australia in the event of a Japanese invasion.

'Weary' Dunlop and the Burma Railway

The army surgeon Colonel Sir Edward Ernest 'Weary' Dunlop (1907–1993) was an extraordinary Australian whose actions embody the compassionate face of war.

Women in action - nurses and serving women

For centuries women have been involved in every kind of war and conflict imaginable, especially as nurses. Australian nurses have dealt face-to-face with war - the sick, the wounded and the dead.