Library early closure: The Library will close at 5pm on Thursday 23 October to prepare for the annual Keith Murdoch Oration. More information

Facade conservation & repair works: Over the next few weeks there will be intermittent noise in the La Trobe Reading Room while work is carried out on the external walls. More information

Library early closure & facade conservation works
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Wars have played a significant part in Australian history. Our collection includes works on war from ancient times to the present day, with particularly strong holdings related to wars and battles in which Australia has been involved, such as the Boer War, the World Wars and the Vietnam War.

Our collections include:

  • official and regimental histories of World War I and World War II
  • books on battles and campaigns and the orders of battle
  • official and unofficial lists of army, navy and air-force officers and registers of medals awarded
  • enlistment and casualty registers and war cemetery records

We have journals such as Journal of the Royal United Service Institution and Sabretache, and supplementary works on uniforms, weapons, ships and aircraft.

Historical collections include registers for the Australian Military Forces and New South Wales and Victorian armies, photographs and war postcards, and letters and diaries.

More generally, you can find information on famous wars from around the globe, from the ancient Peloponnesian Wars, through the medieval Hundred Years' War, the Napoleonic Wars and the Zulu War to the Gulf Wars and beyond.

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