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Year 10 History

Year 10 History


The content in the resource may be confronting to users. Please consult your teacher before viewing. 

Finding Resources in Accessit

Here are some resources that you may find useful during your studies.  Search the Bennies catalogue Accessit for more, or browse the Non-fiction collection NFS.


National Army Museum

The Japanese despised the act of surrender. And although they had signed the Geneva Convention, they had never ratified it. The lives of the thousands of British, Indian and Commonwealth soldiers that fell into Japanese hands were therefore extremely vulnerable.


During WWII, 30,000 Australian soldiers were imprisoned in Europe and the Pacific. Conditions were horrific and many didn’t survive. This programme explores confronting details about life as an Australian POW, told by Judy Monroe whose father, Ian Barker, was held captive by the Italian army for four years, later writing his memoirs at age 80. Commentary is also provided by the ANU’s Professor David Horner.


This showreel shares some of the film and sound collection material that engages with the Australian experience of being Prisoners of War under the Japanese during the Second World War. Using captured Japanese propaganda footage, official Department of Information material and personal reflections on the experience, this showreel shares a variety of perspectives. 

Examines the shock of capture for Australians, with first-hand accounts describing the physical circumstances of internment, and the feelings of defeat and depression that can overwhelm the person who has just become a prisoner of war.