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GCSE Modern World History. Why did the Second World War happen? The Best And The Weirdest U.S. Propaganda Posters from WWI and WWII. Every country with a major involvement in World War I and II produced war propaganda posters.

The Best And The Weirdest U.S. Propaganda Posters from WWI and WWII

The U.S. alone produced hundreds of different posters with wide-ranging messages. And these posters certainly weren’t geared to just enticing new recruits to the Army and Navy. The themes and content of these posters called just about every American to action in some way or another. The themes and content of these posters called just about every American to action in some way or another. There seemed to be something everyone could do and a sentiment targeted towards every heart.

Looking through history in these pieces of propaganda shows a very different age in the US. Recruit Of course, many posters were published just to recruit more troops… Some carried a very idealized message of what U.S. troops fought for. Others focused on the romanticizing of military service. Some were even pretty candid about what service meant. Second World War, 1939–45. On 3 September 1939 Prime Minister Robert Gordon Menzies announced the beginning of Australia's involvement in the Second World War on every national and commercial radio station in Australia.

Second World War, 1939–45

Almost a million Australians, both men and women, served in the Second World War. They fought in campaigns against Germany and Italy in Europe, the Mediterranean and North Africa, as well as against Japan in south-east Asia and other parts of the Pacific. The Australian mainland came under direct attack for the first time, as Japanese aircraft bombed towns in north-west Australia and Japanese midget submarines attacked Sydney harbour.

On 7 May 1945 the German High Command authorised the signing of an unconditional surrender on all fronts: the war in Europe was over. The surrender was to take effect at midnight on 8–9 May 1945. Australia's War 1939-1945. Imagery of the Third Reich in the First Order. It is no secret that the enemies in Star Wars have always been influenced by the real-life villains of our own history.

Imagery of the Third Reich in the First Order

Nowhere is this more apparent than the persistent use of Nazi imagery within the saga. In the prequels, Palpatine’s rise to power mirrors that of Adolf Hitler, the original trilogy sets the Galactic Empire up as the repressive and dominating threat in the galaxy, and in the latest installment, The Force Awakens, the First Order continues the Nazi influenced totalitarian ideology of the destroyed Empire.

The best and most obvious place to start this comparison occurs about halfway through The Force Awakens. General Hux and Kylo Ren are on a mission to retrieve BB-8, the Resistance droid carrying a secret map to Luke Skywalker; a mission they repeatedly fail. Finally, General Hux suggests to Supreme Leader Snoke that they use their new superweapon (housed on Starkiller Base) to destroy the New Republic before they can discover Skywalker’s whereabouts.

Hiroshima’s shadow: 70 years of the atomic bomb. World War II: Why is it so important 70 years later? World War II is a huge topic.

World War II: Why is it so important 70 years later?

There are many sources both online and in print form. Primary Source materials: The Avalon Project at Yale University is a digital library relating to law, history and diplomacy. Au.pinterest. First World War Infographic: 'Overview'. Tempest in a teapot (friendlyatheist: savagemike: angrylittledad: ...) Ten Pound Poms - A Ticket to Australia for Just Ten Pounds. Populate or Perish The Japanese conducted air raids on Darwin in 1942.

Ten Pound Poms - A Ticket to Australia for Just Ten Pounds

This made Australia acutely aware that its expansive borders and population of just 7m people left it vulnerable to attack. The Curtin government realized that Australia needed to “Populate or Perish”. It put plans in place for a large-scale immigration program (Ten Pound Poms scheme). Arthur Calwell. Post World War II British Migration to Australia. Summary Between 1947 and 1982, over a million Britons emigrated to Australia, the majority of whom travelled under the ten pound assisted passage scheme funded by the British and Australian governments.

Post World War II British Migration to Australia

Between 1947 and 1981, over a million Britons emigrated to Australia, the majority of whom travelled under the ten pound assisted passage scheme funded by the British and Australian governments (Hammerton; Thomson, 2005). This large intake of British migrants was encouraged as part of Australia's 'populate or perish' nation-building initiative, which emerged in the aftermath of World War II (Tavan, 2005). As the name suggests, the scheme allowed for affordable travel to Australia, with the cost of an adult ticket a mere £10, and all children traveling for free by the 1960s (Hammerton; Thomson, 2005). Whilst a great number of migrants from other cultural backgrounds also emigrated to Australia during this period, an emphasis was placed on the need to attract the British.

Stories from our collection. Ten Pound Poms: Immigration Museum. Skip to main content Calling all Ten Pound Poms, Nest Eggs and British migrants!

Ten Pound Poms: Immigration Museum

10 September, 2016 English immigrants relaxing in a deck chair on MV 'Australasia', 1965Image: Rebecca JonesSource: Museum Victoria. My grandfather died fighting for Hitler. What should we make of his legacy? - RN. As a kid, I knew my grandad had fought in World War II.

My grandfather died fighting for Hitler. What should we make of his legacy? - RN

There were reminders of him around the house: the old wristwatch, the strange old, scratchy, grey wool blanket that he supposedly sent back from the war. But it wasn't until Anzac Day at primary school that I realised he hadn't fought on the same side of the war as other Australian grandads. He was Joachim — to us, Achim — a German who died fighting for Hitler's Wehrmacht, the German army, on the Eastern Front in January 1945.

Over 50 years later, my two brothers and Dad retraced Achim's last footsteps on a train that wound its way through south-west Poland. Outside it was -30 degrees, one of Europe's coldest winters since January 1945. Inside the train carriage Dad was asleep, slumped against the window pane, but my brothers were awake laughing and drinking. Reaching inside his bag for snacks, my brother accidentally pulled out Achim's last letter and staring out at a landscape obliterated by ice and snow read: 12.1.45Dicke Luft! ‘Too Dark to See’ documentary sheds new light on black diggers. This year, Western Sydney University and the Australian War Memorial are correcting the record with the documentary, ‘Too Dark to See’.

‘Too Dark to See’ documentary sheds new light on black diggers

But the project is not just a film - it also includes a photographic exhibition and a commemorative book, published in time for Remembrance Day. The works celebrate Indigenous soldiers by recounting their personal stories. Melissa Williams from Western Sydney University’s Office of Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Employment & Engagement, told NITV the film “is to commemorate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and really to honour their contribution.” The film features war veteran, uncle Cliff Daylight. He explains, “Aboriginal people have fought the boar war, malaysian conflicts, first and second world war, Vietnam.

Who were the Black Diggers? Nearly 4,000 Indigenous people officially served during World War II (1939-1945), according to historian Robert Hall.

Who were the Black Diggers?

Of those, about 3,000 were Aboriginal people and 850 Torres Strait Islander people. Other accounts suggest as many as 5,000 Indigenous people served. The War Service Land Settlement Agreement between the Federal Government and states resulted in soldier settlement legislation that granted returned service personnel land. While Indigenous service personnel were not excluded, many say they were rejected from the scheme. Australian Soldiers in World War 2 singing Waltzing Matilda. Digitised WWI Victorian newspapers. A major project commemorating World War I has digitised 216 WWI-era Victorian community newspapers and made them available online via the National Library of Australia’s Trove portal. Victorians everywhere can now explore the stories of their communities and family and friends who lived and fought through the Great War.

This digitised collection contains thousands of stories waiting to be found. These newspapers of the day provide, in their original format, news and public debate; letters from soldiers, sailors and nurses; death notices, images and more. The newspapers can be freely and easily searched by anyone at anytime and anywhere, using keywords, dates or geographical regions. Our listings below link directly to digitised newspaper titles across nine Victorian regions.

World War II. Facts, information and articles about World War II, 1939-1945 USS Arizona Pearl Harbor. History: World War Two. World War 2. World War 2, also known as the Second World War, was a war fought from 1939 to 1945 in Europe and, during much of the 1930s and 1940s, in Asia. The war in Europe began in earnest on September 1, 1939 with the invasion of Poland by Nazi Germany, and concluded on September 2, 1945, with the official surrender of the last Axis nation, Japan. However, in Asia the war began earlier with Japanese interventions in China, and in Europe, the war ended earlier with the unconditional surrender of Germany on May 8, 1945. The conflict spilled over into Africa, included a handful of incidents in the Americas, and a series of major naval battles. INFANTRYMAN - An Interactive Experience. The Second World War in Colour – in pictures. Home - Children and World War 1 - LibGuides at State Library of South Australia.

42 maps that explain World War II. The Ideal World War I British Trench - History Daily. Dec 082016 Andrew Belsey, an architectural modelmaker from London, England, created a series of trench sections – each showing different aspect of trench warfare. This is his “Ideal Trench” Typical Trench Wet Soil Trench. Dr.Seuss political cartoon. The World War I Era: 1914-1920. Stuff You Missed in History. THE WAR. A Multimedia History of World War One. 1941 Battle: 360° Reenactment. What would you have done?: Terrible choices people had to make during WW2. How could Japanese airmen “volunteer” to become Kamikaze pilots? Life In A Destroyed City: Watch the Citizens Of Berlin in July 1945. On May 2, 1945, the City of Berlin fell to Red (Soviet) Army after 16 d ays of terrible battle. Ghosts of Time: 39 Incredible Then & Now WWII Pictures. This haunting collection of images takes us on a journey across the years, combining historical photographs with their modern-day settings.

Holocaust Movies for Middle School and High School. A Short Analysis of Isaac Rosenberg’s ‘Break of Day in the Trenches’ A summary of a classic war poem. HOW World War I Started: Crash Course World History 209. Lebensraum: Policy or Rhetoric? When the Germans talked of Lebensraum, or ‘living space’, they used the term to denote a perceived need to have enough physical room to provide for themselves comfortably. In particular, it identified the possession of enough land to feed a population large enough to ensure Germany a place on the world stage. Hitler did not just start talking about the need to conquer Lebensraum in 1941; its origins lay much further back than even 1939. Anti-Nazi newspaper columnists (for example in Der Deutsche in Polen) observed during the late 1930s that Hitler’s foreign policy involved something more than just planless initiatives, improvisation and contradictory imperatives. These rebellious teens resisted the Nazis by beating up Hitler Youth, and some paid with their…

Don't write first world war women out of history. Walt Disney's 1943 Propaganda Film Shows How Fascists Are Made. Joseph Goebbels’ 105-year-old secretary: ‘No one believes me now, but I knew nothing’ Untitled. The Educated Teacher. Fromelles and Pozieres: A look back at two of Australia's bloodiest WWI offensives. World War II History - World War II. Inside World War II Interactive.

World War I History - World War I. Papua New Guinea Patrol Reports. These Photos From Auschwitz Are the Only Surviving Visual Evidence of Victims' Last Moments. Touching Stories From Both Survivors and Saviors of German Concentration Camps - History Daily. Caricature Map of Europe 1914. Missed In History: The Gallipoli Campaign. WW1 Battlefields of the Western Front. German History in Documents and Images. BBC History - BBC History. Interactive Maps. WW1 Research and Sources of Information. First World War. WW100 New Zealand. World War One Battlefields : Home Page.

First World War. A global guide to the first world war - interactive documentary. JCS Online Resources. iTunes U course and Multi-Touch Book on the First World War! Untold stories & official histories of WW1. Atom Bomb [Joe Bonica's Movie of the Month] : Bonica (Joe) Pacific War Animated. The Mounted Soldiers of Australia — Australian Light Horse Association. Drama in the Dardanelles as the AE2 attacks - History (9) - ABC Splash - AE2: Life on board a submarine - History (9) - ABC Splash - AE2 enters the Dardanelles, 1915 - History (9) - ABC Splash -

AE2 enters the Dardanelles, 1915 - History (9) - ABC Splash - Gallipoli and the Anzacs. The Causes of the First World War. World War I 1914-1919: A Source-based Study. Operation CLICK. Australia's Wartime History - Digital Education Resources. A Multimedia History of World War One. The World War I Era: 1914-1920. World War I Allied Propaganda Posters. World War I Interactive Map. Gallipoli War Correspondents - National Library of Australia Online Exhibition.

EyeWitness To World War I. Imperial War Museums. A global guide to the first world war - interactive documentary. US Comic Book Propaganda. Aerial Propaganda Leaflet Database. German Propaganda Archive (Guide Page) World War I Allied Propaganda Posters. The World War I Era: 1914-1920. Wake up, America! - World War I propaganda posters. A Multimedia History of World War One. Combat, 1918. A fading past: How America remembers World War I.