World War II: The Australian Experience
Students will learn about:
The events, sieges and battles that Australians were a part of during World War II.
The experiences of Australians during World War II including the different conditions experienced by Australians.
The differences of experiences of Australians on the European Front and the Pacific Front.
The changing role of women in World War II with a focus on employment.
The introduction of women into Defence Force organisations.
What you’ll need
Computer or device with internet connection for research.
Projector, TV or Smartboard for the display of the narrated photo gallery.
Students can complete handouts digitally on their devices or the student handouts can be printed.
Individual computers or devices for research
Cross Curriculum Priority
done Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Cultures
done Asia and Australia's Engagement with Asia
done ICT Capability
done Critical and Creative Thinking
done Personal and Social Capability
done Ethical Understanding
done Intercultural Understanding
Overview of the causes and course of World War II.
Experiences of Australians during World War II (such as Prisoners of War (POWs), the Battle of Britain, Kokoda, the Fall of Singapore).
The impact of World War II, with a particular emphasis on the Australian home front, including the changing roles of women.
Identify and locate relevant sources, using ICT and other methods.
Process and synthesise information from a range of sources for use as evidence in an historical argument.
Evaluate the reliability and usefulness of primary and secondary sources.
Events, Sieges and Battles
Australians contributed to many significant Events, Battles and Sieges throughout World War II on both the European and Pacific Fronts. This research activity explores some of these with a focus on the Australian experience.
The Role of Women in WWII
Prior to World War II, the role of women in the Defence Force and Employment was limited by your social class. This research activity explores the changing role of women throughout World War II.