The National Library has extensive holdings of material concerning Australia's military history. When using the Library Catalogue's basic search, structure your searches for precise results, using:

  • Name of conflict (e.g. World War, 1914-1918)
  • geographical area (e.g. Singapore, France)
  • individual wartime personalities or battalions

To browse collection items, select the 'Browse alphabetically' option, then 'subjects'. Examples are:

The Main Reading Room Reference Collection

These and other titles can also be requested through the Catalogue .

The Australian illustrated encyclopedia of the Zulu and Boer wars by Ronald J. Austin (1999). Covers battles and major political and military figures; also includes a chronology, Victoria Crosses awarded and honour roll.
Call No. RF 968.04 A937

Official History of Australia in the War of 1914-1918 (1921-1942). A 12-volume series covering Australian involvement in the First World War. The works are the first published official record of Australia’s involvement in the war. 
Call No. RF 940.40994 O32

Australia in the War of 1939-1945 (1952-1987). Official series that covers Australian involvement in the Second World War. It consists of five different series: Army, Navy, Air, Civil and Medical. There is a separate record in the catalogue for each volume in each series.
Call No. RF 940.5394 AUS

The Official History of Australia's Involvement in Southeast Asian Conflicts 1948-1975 (1992-2012). This nine-volume series covers the longest period of any of the official histories and deals with the Malayan Emergency (1948-1960), the Indonesian-Malaysian Confrontation (1963-1966) and the Vietnam War (1962-1972). 
Call No. RF 959.053 O32

Australia in the Korean War 1950-53 by Robert O'Neill: Volume 1. Strategy and diplomacy (1981) Volume 2, Combat operations (1985) 
Call No. RF 951.9042 O58