Sunday, July 11, 2010
Main Features and Result of Second World War
Sunday, July 11, 2010 by Faizan Bhatti
Second World War:
Almost a million Australians, both men and women, served in the Second World War. They fought in campaigns againstTags: International Relations
and Germany in Italy Europe, the Mediterranean and North Africa, as well as against in south-east Japan Asia and other parts of the Pacific. The Australian mainland came under direct attack for the first time, as Japanese aircraft bombed towns in north-west and Japanese midget submarines attacked Australia harbour. The Royal Australian Navy (RAN) participated in operations against Sydney after its entry into the war in June 1940. A few Australians flew in the Battle of Britain in August and September but the Australian Army was not engaged in combat until 1941, when the 6th, 7th and 9th Divisions joined Allied operations in the Italy Mediterranean and North Africa. Following early successes against Italian forces, the Australians suffered defeat with the Allies at the hands of the Germans in , Greece Crete, and North Africa. In June and July 1941 Australians participated in the successful Allied invasion of , a mandate of Syria and the France government, Up to 14,000 Australians held out against repeated German attacks in the Libyan Vichy , where they were besieged between April and August 1941. After being relieved at Tobruk, the 6th and 7th Division departed from the Mediterranean theatre for the war against port of Tobruk . The 9th Division remained to play an important role in the Allied victory at Japan El Alamein in October 1942 before it also left for the Pacific. By the end of 1942 the only Australians remaining in the Mediterranean theatre were airmen serving either with 3 Squadron, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) or in the Royal Air Force (RAF).
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