Australian War Memorial and ANZAC Parade

Australia has many reminders of the cost of war but none as powerful as the National War Memorial and ANZAC Parade in Canberra. The 102,000 Australians who have lost their lives are remembered in the commemorative area including the Hall of Memory with the Tomb of the Unknown Australian Soldier.dsc02069 dsc02075 dsc02094 dsc02097 dsc02101 dsc02103 dsc02110 dsc02115 dsc02088 dsc02085 dsc02080

The building itself is appropriately impressive, designed in the shape of of a Byzantine cross, with strong Art Deco elements.dsc02031 dsc02002 dsc02963 dsc02061 dsc02056 dsc02065 dsc02046 dsc02035There’s a great museum within the memorial, as comprehensive and well presented as any I’ve seen around the world. For those interested in planes there’s a gleaming P51 Mustang, a huge Hawker Sea Hawk, a Kittyhawk, part of a MIG15, a Lancaster bomber, and a pair of rare German experimental WW2 planes which I’ve never seen anywhere else, a Messerschmitt Me 163 Komet and ME262. Both were familiar from playing the computer game Secret Weapons of the Luftwaffe many years ago.dsc02990 dsc02994 dsc02986 dsc02995 dsc02999 dsc03004 dsc03012 dsc03009

A Japanese mini submarine sunk in Sydney Harbour in 1942 reminds that WW2 reached as far as Australia’s shores, a story rarely told in the European centric accounts of the war.dsc02996

The main floor covers WW1 and WW2, with a number of powerful dioramas.dsc03044 dsc03047 dsc03041 dsc03040 dsc03037

Downstairs covers the South Africa War (which doesn’t even get a mention in London’s Imperial War Museum despite it involving Britain far more than Australia), Afghanistan, and Vietnam, in which 50,000 Australians served over the course of a decade.dsc03062 dsc03060 dsc03058 dsc02053

ANZAC Parade leads from the Australian War Memorial toward the Parliament building(s). It’s an impressive earth red wedge lined with many war memorials.dsc02000 dsc02124dsc02128dsc02130dsc02132dsc02135dsc02140dsc02145dsc02944dsc02951dsc02953dsc02958dsc02920dsc02917

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