Oliver Library Catalogue
The Anzac Portal: Australia and the Second World War
Australian War Memorial: Encyclopedia
Look up your particular topic here.
RSL NSW: Australian involvement in the Second World War
The Anzac Portal: The Thai-Burma Railway and Hellfire Pass
Australian War Memorial: Prisoners of the Japanese
Click on the links at the bottom of the page.
Anzac Day Commemoration Committee: The Cowra Breakout
NSW Education Dept.: Internees and POWs in Australia during WWII
Check on left column under 'Japanese Prisoners and the Cowra Breakout'
Education ABC.net: The Home Front - History
Click on 'Chapter 1', 'Chapter 2' etc.
Raymond Callahan, associate dean of the College of Arts and Science and the author of “The Worst Disaster: The Fall of Singapore,” has stated: “The fall of Singapore was a pivotal event with enormous consequences. Not only was it a military defeat, it was a shattering blow to Great Britain’s prestige and marked the decline of the Western era in Southeast Asia, which ended when the last helicopter left Saigon".
The Battle of the Coral Sea is unique in the annals of naval history. It is the first battle in which enemy fleets never came within sight of one another. Instead, aircraft launched from carrier decks were sent out to attack the enemy with bombs and torpedoes.
On February 19, 1945, nearly 70,000 American marines invaded a tiny volcanic island in the Pacific. Over the next thirty-five days, approximately 28,000 combatants died, including nearly 22,000 Japanese and 6,821 Americans, making Iwo Jima one of the costliest battles of World War II.
Wesleyan University: Kamikaze Images
Check the links on the left for both American views and Japanese views of the Kamikaze pilots.
The ENTIRE collection of resources provided by the BBC Library can be searched on ONE single, powerful search platform, which retrieves print books, eBooks, database articles and websites. Click HERE for assistance.
National Archives of Australia
Specify World War II and click on 'Browse' to access a range of primary sources including:
Cablegram from Curtin to Churchill about the defence of Singapore – 17 January 1942
Churchill on the return of Australian troops to defend Australia – 27 January 1942