The Australian War Memorial Part 2: War Is A Terrible Thing

The Australian War Memorial is a museum showcasing the wars that Australians have fought in. Going through the museum, you are taken through a timeline of the many wars, from Gallipolli…..

…..to World War 1…..

A lifesized diorama, showing a WW1 soldier in anguish after a battle

The museum had many dioramas depicting specific events of WW1. It reminded me of our own Ayala Museum.

….to World War 2…..

The dreaded German swastika, which represented all the evil of WW2

Christmas was especially emotional as the soldiers prayed for the war to end so that they could be home for Christmas.

This jubilant banner celebrated the liberation of the Philippines

…to the Korean War….

….to the Vietnam War….

The Vietnam War was represented by a dramatic "reenactment" of a chopper landing in war-torn Vietnam. Deafening noise, a strong wind machine, and flashing lights made this war come alive in the museum.

…to the war in Iraq.

The uniform in the Iraq war.

They say that the current role of Australians is as of  “Peacekeepers”.

Another impressive exhibit was the one of war planes. The museum had several planes in a huge hall. On the walls they would show films of dog fights and documentaries regarding these planes.

I couldn’t help but leave the museum in a somber mood. Seeing the suffering of the people and the soldiers in every war just brought home the message that all wars are essentially the same: full of pain and suffering for all sides.

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