Welcome to the Australians at War website which commemorates the service and sacrifice of Australia's veterans over the past 100 years.
On this site, you can explore the featured stories 'Through My Eyes' via the themes of Mateship, Courage Under Fire, Getting Through It, Aussie Know How, Thoughts of Home and Worn with Pride.
You can create your Family Military History Tree. Test your skills with our series of War Games and see whether you 'have what it takes', with our Aptitude Test.
The site also allows you to examine artifacts such as diaries, photos, journals, letters and memorabilia. And see and hear the personal stories of those who were there, some that have never been told, until now.
Australians at War is presented in two ways. The first as HTML for those viewers who have a basic computer and internet connection. The second presentation is enhanced for viewers with a newer machine and a 56K and above connection.
The main sections of this site are stories with text and pictures. For example the Great Search Stories and 'Through My Eyes', feature stories. To enhance your experience of these, the only required plug-ins for the video and audio content are either Apple QuickTime or Microsoft Windows Media Player. Refer to the web addresses below for your free download. Full transcripts of all interviews are available in text format.
An enhanced version of 'Through My Eyes' has been created using Flash. This allows for a visually rich format with many more photographs and artefacts. The war game Symbology also uses Flash. Both require a Flash plug-in version 4.0 or later to be present on your computer. You can also download this for free, see the link below.
SITE MAP & HELP
The site map allows you to see a global view of the content. You can choose to jump into different parts of the stories by following a link.
The designers have created a graphic style whereby anything that is orange in colour indicates that it can be selected or linked. For example the HTML version uses a small round orange button for indication of a link.
Breadcrumb navigation is located at the top of all HTML pages on the site. It provides a visual link of the path that you have followed. If you select the first link in this list you will trace you path back to the beginning of your journey.
Of the three main plug-ins that this site uses, you need to choose which one is best suited for you and your computer.
APPLE QUICKTIME PLAYER
This software is cross platform PC or MAC, and provides streaming audio and video playback capabilities. This site uses version 4.1.2 or later of the QuickTime player and it is the recommend player for use with Apple Macintosh computers.
Download Quicktime 4.1.2: http://www.apple.com/QuickTime/download
WINDOWS MEDIA PLAYER
This software is cross platform PC or MAC, and provides streaming audio and video capabilities. This site uses version 7 of Windows Media Player or later and it is the recommend player for use with PC computers.
Download Windows Media Player 7: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads
With Macromedia Flash Player, you can view the best animation and entertainment on the Web. This site uses version 4.0 of the Flash plugin.
Download Flash 5: http://www.macromedia.com
STREAMING VIDEO AND AUDIO
The media on this site is optimised for both a narrowband and broadband experience.
- Narrowband delivers a 56K and 100K (ISDN) stream.
- Broadband delivers a 256K stream.
Australians at War is optimised for Microsoft Internet Explorer and Netscape browsers version 4.0 and later.
A broken link icon will appear on the page if you do not have either the QuickTime or Windows Media Players installed on your machine. Both can be downloaded for free. See the links above.
Streaming media data is buffered into your computer in small packets of information. Sometimes these data streams are interrupted, causing a stuttering effect while playing your video or audio. Unfortunately the slower your internet connection the more you will experience this.
QuickTime allows you to specify a connection speed. Make sure you select a speed that your network can deliver. If you set this too high your player will not be able to deliver the best performance for your machine.
If you are viewing QuickTime streaming media in an office environment with network security (ie. a firewall). You need to open your QuickTime preferences and select Streaming Proxy. Pull down the menu bar to Streaming Transport and select: Use http, Port ID 80. Or contact your network manager for advice.
Windows Media Player
If your video plays audio only and no video, you will need to upgrade
your Windows Media player. For systems running Windows 95 and NT you will
need the very latest version 6.4 player. Even if you think that you have
6.4 you should download and install the very latest sub-version available form
the download link. For Windows 98 and Windows 2000 systems you should use
See the free download link above.