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Australia at war (1914 – 1945): World War II: Overview

Year 10 History: The modern world and Australia

Source: Silk, G. (1942). Australian burying party, Kokoda trail [Image]. Australian War Memorial Photograph Collection AWM013645.

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Brief, basic information laid out in an easy-to-read format. May use informal language. (Includes most news articles)


Provides additional background information and further reading. Introduces some subject-specific language.

Level 3 resourceLEVEL

Lengthy, detailed information. Frequently uses technical/subject-specific language. (Includes most analytical articles)

General Capabilities

Enduring Understandings
  • What was the context that allowed World War II to occur?
  • How did the conflict during World War II change the shape of society today?
  • How do I assess the reliability and usefulness of a source?
  • How do I attribute my sources of information correctly

World War II | Overview: Introduction

Level 1Audio booksRobert Gordan Manzies"On 3 September 1939 Prime Minister Robert Gordon Menzies announced the beginning of Australia's involvement in the Second World War. Australians 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." (Australian War Memorial, n.d.)

A recording of Prime Minister Menzies announcing Australia's entry into the war.
Source: Department of Veteran Affairs

Level 1Articles

World War II | Overview: Key words

Level 1Keywords

World War II | Overview: Background information

Level 1Internet resources

World War II | Overview: eBooks

Level 1eBooksIntroductory Reading
Background ReadingLevel 2eBooks

Australia at war (1914 – 1945): World War II | Curriculum Alignment and Metadata

Level 1Victorian CurriculumThis Mentone Girls' Grammar School LibGuide supports the following Victorian curriculum outcomes. Click on the links to explore more.

Australian Curriculum Alignment

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