A World War II Australian AC-1 'Sentinel' Cruiser tank, manufacturer: NSW Government Railways. Crew: five. Engine: three Cadillac series 39-75 V8 petrol engines. Weight: approximately 28,000kg combat laden. Armament: one 2-pounder gun, and an original 2-pounder gun, not fitted

A World War II Australian 'Sentinel' Cruiser tank, manufacturer: NSW Government Railways. Armament: one gun, and an original gun, not fitted

AC! Sentinel - The outbreak of war found Australia with no modern tank force and little industrial infrastructure. The AC1 Sentinel was a home-grown tank developed at lightning speed to fight off the anticipated Japanese invasion. #worldwar2 #tanks

Sentinel - The outbreak of war found Australia with no modern tank force and little industrial infrastructure. The Sentinel was a home-grown tank developed at lightning speed to fight off the anticipated Japanese invasion.

Marine on Saipan Island in the Pacific where some of the bloodiest battles of World War II took place.

peerintothepast: “ A Marine on Saipan with a British Bren machine gun captured from Japanese forces.

'First Battle of El Alamein' An Australian soldier, possibly from 26 Brigade, 9th Division (Australia) with a captured German MG.34 in a machine gun post near the strategic high ground around Tel el Eisa, north-west of Alamein, Egypt. 25th of July 1942.

'First Battle of El Alamein' An Australian soldier, possibly from 26 Brigade, Division (Australia) with a captured German in a machine gun post near the strategic high ground around Tel el Eisa, north-west of Alamein, Egypt. of July

A Bren gun team of 2/8th Australian Infantry Battalion support an attack on Mount Shiburangu, near Wewak in Papua New Guinea.

HU A Bren gun team of Australian Infantry Battalion support an attack on Mount Shiburangu near Wewak in Papua New Guinea.

An infantry patrol setting out into no-man’s land in the Western Desert, 8 October 1942.

_An infantry patrol setting out into no-man’s land in the Western Desert, 8 October

Reg Saunders MBE (1920 – 1990) (Reginald ‘Reg’ Saunders was the first Aboriginal person to be commissioned as an officer in the Australian Army)

In WWII Australian units had Aboriginal soldiers including Sgt Reg Saunders (pictured here with other members of the Infantry Battalion) commanding white soldiers in combat.

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