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.
The building itself is appropriately impressive, designed in the shape of of a Byzantine cross, with strong Art Deco elements. There’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.
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.