1912 - 2012

Mobility in War

Australian War Memorial

Planes, tanks, ships and strategic agility in the theatre of war. 

The Memorial’s Deperdussin single-seat training monoplane is Australia’s oldest surviving military aircraft.
The aircraft is a fragile construction of wood, metal, and Irish linen, and contains only basic features, such as “advance” and “retard” controls.
Breaking the Hindenburg line
Tanks were hailed by some as the answer to the stalemate of trench warfare.

Weighing 28 tons and carrying a crew of eight, the Mark IV Male heavy was a frightening sight of thick steel cloaked in exhaust smoke when on the move.

The Memorial’s Mark IV Female tank (serial number 4643) was shipped directly to Australia from the Coventry workshops in Glasgow and arrived in June 1918. From September it was the central feature of War Loan rallies in Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney. As a fundraising tool it travelled around Australia and thrilled audiences with practical demonstrations that included climbing steep mounds, navigating out of deep holes, and crashing through thick brick walls, fences, and purpose-built structures.

Albatros D.Va scout aircraft
Captured by Australian troops during an air engagement of the First World War, this Albatros is one of only two of its kind in the world today.

The Avro Lancaster B1, known with affection as "G for George" has always been one of the most popular exhibits at the Australian War Memorial. After undergoing extensive restoration, the plane is back on display in Anzac Hall in a permanent exhibition.

Experience the interior of the cockpit of "G for George". as it was during ninety operational missions over Germany and occupied Europe during the height of the bomber offensive.

See inside the Centurion Tank, not normally accessible to visitors to the Australian War Memorial.

In modern warfare the front line is often undefined, and the difference between insurgent and civilian is often difficult to determine. Technology, therefore, plays a vital role. Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) such as this unarmed Boeing ScanEagle aircraft deliver real-time video surveillance back to operators on the ground.
The aircraft weighs 20 kilograms fully laden, has a 3.1-metre wingspan, and a length of 1.4 metres.

A US Black Hawk helicopter comes into land at Forward Operating Base Budwan, Afghanistan, during a CASEVAC (emergency casualty evacuation) at one of the artillery positions for Australian gunners attached to Operation Herrick XIII.

"I met a young man who’d been in the back of a Bushmaster [armoured vehicle] that had blown up. The Bushmaster is the big armoured four-wheel drive vehicle that’s saving a lot of Australian lives, but even so the explosion caused every single young man inside that vehicle to suffer from concussion and one of them was blown out of the gun turret and landed in front of the vehicle among possibly more hidden explosive devices."
Ben Quilty

Bushmaster storage bin
This storage bin is from a Bushmaster Protected Mobility Vehicle (PMV) damaged by an improvised explosive device (IED) on 7 November 2012 while operating with Australian forces in Afghanistan.
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Curator: Assistant Curators of Military Heraldry and Technology at the Australian War Memorial.

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