A blinded Australian soldier is guided to a field hospital away from the battlefront by a Papuan native. Buna, Christmas Day, 1942.

A blinded Australian soldier is guided to a field hospital away from the battlefront by a Papuan native. Buna, Christmas Day, 1942.

'"Shake!" The Mascot of an Australian Regiment on Egypt'. An Australian soldier with a kangaroo mascot at a camp near the pyramids.

'"Shake!" The Mascot of an Australian Regiment on Egypt'. An Australian soldier with a kangaroo mascot at a camp near the pyramids.

:An Australian soldier shown carrying an armful of 75 mm shells captured from the Italians. The shells were about to be returned by Australian gun crews who dispatched them through the muzzles of Italian guns at their former owners.

:An Australian soldier shown carrying an armful of 75 mm shells captured from the Italians. The shells were about to be returned by Australian gun crews who dispatched them through the muzzles of Italian guns at their former owners.

The film is based on the Australian 9th Division, the Anzacs, who were charged with the defence of Tobruk under the command of General Leslie Morshead.

The film is based on the Australian 9th Division, the Anzacs, who were charged with the defence of Tobruk under the command of General Leslie Morshead.

Libya. 1942-01. Flying officer L. Spence with a dog which attached itself to No. 3 Squadron, RAAF

Libya. 1942-01. Flying officer L. Spence with a dog which attached itself to No. 3 Squadron, RAAF

An unidentified Australian Serviceman with 'Smiler', a pet monkey which is the mascot of 2/23rd Australian Infantry Battalion (known as Albury's own). 'Smiler' has seen quite a lot of active service, and is in fact, a bit "bomb happy". He can distinguish between friendly and enemy planes and dives for a slit trench immediately on hearing the latter. North Africa: Western Desert. 11 April 1942.

An unidentified Australian Serviceman with 'Smiler', a pet monkey which is the mascot of 2/23rd Australian Infantry Battalion (known as Albury's own). 'Smiler' has seen quite a lot of active service, and is in fact, a bit "bomb happy". He can distinguish between friendly and enemy planes and dives for a slit trench immediately on hearing the latter. North Africa: Western Desert. 11 April 1942.

September 1941 - a Soldier from the 2/23rd Infantry Battalion beside his Bren light machinegun at the frontline in Tobruk

September 1941 - a Soldier from the 2/23rd Infantry Battalion beside his Bren light machinegun at the frontline in Tobruk

After the siege of Tobruk was lifted, Australian soldiers came back to say good bye to their comrades

After the siege of Tobruk was lifted, Australian soldiers came back to say good bye to their comrades

VX47906 Corporal Frank Joseph Littlejohn (left) and another member of 2/32nd Battalion with a painted bren gun carrier. On the side is a painting of a rat holding a cigarette and the words "rats to you", symbolising the rats of Tobruk, painted by TX12 Private R. E. (Rufus) Webster. North Africa: Western Desert, Western Desert (Egypt), El Alamein. 1941.

VX47906 Corporal Frank Joseph Littlejohn (left) and another member of 2/32nd Battalion with a painted bren gun carrier. On the side is a painting of a rat holding a cigarette and the words "rats to you", symbolising the rats of Tobruk, painted by TX12 Private R. E. (Rufus) Webster. North Africa: Western Desert, Western Desert (Egypt), El Alamein. 1941.


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Libya. 1942-01. Flying officer L. Spence with a dog which attached itself to No. 3 Squadron, RAAF

Libya. 1942-01. Flying officer L. Spence with a dog which attached itself to No. 3 Squadron, RAAF

An unidentified Australian Serviceman with 'Smiler', a pet monkey which is the mascot of 2/23rd Australian Infantry Battalion (known as Albury's own). 'Smiler' has seen quite a lot of active service, and is in fact, a bit "bomb happy". He can distinguish between friendly and enemy planes and dives for a slit trench immediately on hearing the latter. North Africa: Western Desert. 11 April 1942.

An unidentified Australian Serviceman with 'Smiler', a pet monkey which is the mascot of 2/23rd Australian Infantry Battalion (known as Albury's own). 'Smiler' has seen quite a lot of active service, and is in fact, a bit "bomb happy". He can distinguish between friendly and enemy planes and dives for a slit trench immediately on hearing the latter. North Africa: Western Desert. 11 April 1942.

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A german propaganda/radio anouncer labelled the Australian troops holding Tubruk as Rats. The Aussies ended up loving the name and kept it.B sign is a popular beer in Australia

After the siege of Tobruk was lifted, Australian soldiers came back to say good bye to their comrades

After the siege of Tobruk was lifted, Australian soldiers came back to say good bye to their comrades

"A Russian war veteran kneels beside the tank he spent the war in, now a monument."

40 of the Most Powerful Pictures Ever Taken

"A Russian war veteran kneels beside the tank he spent the war in, now a monument."

Auschwitz, then and now...70 years ago today...1/27 was liberated by Russia.

Auschwitz, then and now...70 years ago today...1/27 was liberated by Russia.

1941: British Commonwealth troops - probably Australians or New Zealanders - rushing through the streets of Bardia, a Mediterranean seaport in eastern Libya.

1941: British Commonwealth troops - probably Australians or New Zealanders - rushing through the streets of Bardia, a Mediterranean seaport in eastern Libya.

Flying Officer K. B. May, Rockhampton, Qld, and Fl Sgt R. Blacklock, Brisbane, Qld, of 457 "Grey Nurse" Sqn RAAF, First Tactical Air Force in front of a Spitfire Mk VIII bearing the squadron’s shark jaws insignia. Note the sharks painted on the Mae West life jackets and the faded “eye” from an earlier version of the insignia which can be viewed in the Australian Forces section, 4 pages forward of the last page. Morotai, Halmahera Islands, Netherlands East Indies. Apr-1945

Flying Officer K. B. May, Rockhampton, Qld, and Fl Sgt R. Blacklock, Brisbane, Qld, of 457 "Grey Nurse" Sqn RAAF, First Tactical Air Force in front of a Spitfire Mk VIII bearing the squadron’s shark jaws insignia. Note the sharks painted on the Mae West life jackets and the faded “eye” from an earlier version of the insignia which can be viewed in the Australian Forces section, 4 pages forward of the last page. Morotai, Halmahera Islands, Netherlands East Indies. Apr-1945

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