WWII Galleries re-open at the War Memorial

johnboy 12 August 2010

[First filed: Aug 11, 2010 @ 14:51]

WWII Galleries at the AWM [Photograph courtesy of the Australian War Memorial.]

The Australian War Memorial has announced that they’ve re-opened their WWII galleries after a refurbishment:

Australian War Memorial Director Steve Gower said the renewed galleries offered visitors an improved experience and stronger interpretation of the Australian experience during the Second World War.

“The revitalised galleries are going to improve our visitors’ experiences. It was also important to draw more attention to the experiences of families in Australia during the war, which the new items on display enable us to do” the Director said.

Visitors will be able to see a number of objects that have not previously been on display, including: a rare Australian armoured vehicle, the Dingo scout car; a captured German Flak 38 anti-aircraft gun still in its original desert camouflage; a unique Chevrolet lorry and Breda anti-aircraft gun combination used by Australians during the siege of Tobruk.

A new showcase emphasises the importance of the “home front” and includes a beautifully restored civilian Studebaker sedan with its producer gas unit and an Anderson shelter, which was designed to protect families in their backyards.

Returning displays include the Kokoda campaign and German Kübelwagen. The HMAS Sydney exhibit has been updated to include an audiovisual presentation.

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