World War I and Australia

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Middle East Campaign

After the Gallipoli campaign most of the Australian Imperial Force were sent to the Western Front.

The rest of the troops, including the Australian Light Horse, were sent to the Middle East to defend the Suez Canal and the Sinai peninsula. In 1917 Australian and Allied troops advanced into Palestine capturing Gaza and Jerusalem. By the following year they had occupied Lebanon and Syria. On 30 October 1918 Turkey surrendered.

In our World War I collection we have many diaries and letters from soldiers who fought in the Middle East Campaign including:

Search our catalogue to find more diaries and letters about the Middle East Campaign. Here are some keywords and subject terms to use in your search:





Various units within the Australian Imperial Force produced their own newspapers.

The Imperial Camel Corps' own newspaper was called Barrak: the Camel Corps review. The Australian Field Ambulance posted to the Middle East published The Cacolet: journal of the Australian Camel Field Ambulance. These newspapers were filled with humorous stories, poetry and photographs.


WWI souvenir

Letter written on German officer's cuff, 1917. This is a man's shirt cuff which was retrieved by an Australian serviceman from a German officer's belongings 'Somewhere in Palestine', November 1917.


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