Canberra & Surrounds - October 2015 - Page 2

Photowords - where photos meet words

Heysen Range from Walkandi Peak, Flinders Ranges, South Australia

©2013-15 Grant Da Costa

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Australian War Memorial…continued

Right: one of the first German tanks ever built, and the only remaining example in the world. A7V Sturmpanzerwagen 506 “Mephisto” took part in the attack at Villers-Bretonneux on 24 April 1918 and was eventually recovered from the battlefield by the men of the AIF and their British comrades. The tank was brought to Australia in 1919 and resides in the Queensland museum. It was on display here outside Brisbane for the first time.

Left: Lancaster bomber “G for George” survived almost 90 operations over Europe between 1942 and 1944. There was no more dangerous work in any main theatre of WWII. Bomb symbols on the fuselage indicate completed missions.

Right: Japanese mini-submarine that attacked Sydney Harbour during WWII, showing torpedo tubes in the bow. There is a torpedo on the platform next to it. My father claimed to have been involved in the detection of this attack.

Not all the monuments are to humans. Below left is the official unveiling of a new sculpture commemorating the explosive detection dogs and their handlers. Below right is a sculpture in memory of the huge number of horses killed in war.

As you can see from these two photos, the grounds of the War Memorial contain lots of interesting (and scary) stuff. Here are some more examples:

Below left: Leanne and Simpson & his donkey, from the WWI Gallipoli campaign.

Below centre: WW1 9.2 inch Howitzer, the largest mobile field artillery piece in service with the armies of the British Empire and USA. The gun weighs 7.5 tons, and it can fire a 130 kg projectile more than 9 km.

Below right: sculpture commemorating the sacrifices of Australians in all wars.