A is for Animals

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There is a new exhibition open until 22 July at the Australian War memorial called A is For Animals.

The Australian War Memorial describes its exhibitions as offering:
an A to Z of animals in war, from mascots and messengers to creepy-crawlies. Animals are put to many uses in war. Sometimes they have jobs to do: the horses, camels, mules, and donkeys used to transport soldiers and equipment, as well as carrier pigeons and tracker dogs with their special talents. Often animals are used as mascots and pets, or as symbols on badges and flags. A is for animals also looks at those unwelcome animals, such as insects, rats, and wild creatures, that make life in the field even more difficult and dangerous.
The exhibition has been developed with a young audience in mind, but visitors of all ages will enjoy its fascinating and moving stories.

In conjunction with the exhibition the AWM has online a number of excerpts from the Frank Hurley film With the Australian Forces in Palestine1916-1918. Excerpts include footage of The Australian Light Horse on maneuvers and The Imperial Camel Corps.  Click here  to view these b & w film excerpts.

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The Families and Friends of the First AIF thanks the Australian, UK and French governments for affording Australian and British soldiers – presently buried in mass graves at Pheasant Wood – dignified individual reburials in a new CWGC cemetery at Fromelles, and applauds Minister Snowdon and his British counterpart, Parliamentary UnderSecretary of State for Defence and Minister for Veterans, Kevan Jones MP, for their joint decision to DNA test the remains at exhumation and use every reasonable method to attempt identification of each soldier.

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