World War I

The Library’s extensive World War I collection is a great resource for historians, students, genealogists, returned soldiers and academics.

CEW Bean’s pre-eminent work Official history of Australia in the war of 1914–1918 is complemented by the official war histories of other nations. Our collection includes modern and classic analyses of historic battles, as well as enlistment, embarkation, casualty and cemetery records.

We have regimental histories, books on weapons and tactics and examinations of the campaigns in Gallipoli, France, Egypt, East Africa, Russia, Serbia and Italy. We also hold books about the battles of the Somme, Cambrai, Ypres and Fromelles, and have resources on lesser-known campaigns such as Osonzo and the Eastern Front. Our map collection  contains a number of war atlases and includes trench maps.

Australian Manuscripts is home to many biographies, diaries, letters and audio interviews with veterans, providing personal accounts of the war and its battles.

Our Pictures Collection includes photographs and postcards of soldiers on duty and shows how workers supported the effort from home.

We also have rare Australian and overseas war magazines that are full of interesting photographs, military and weapon reports, dispatches, cartoons, letters and poetry. Our unique collection of European war pamphlets is worth checking too.

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