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Australians at War by Joshua Burt

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    Australia at War

  • 1st Maori War 1845 - 1846

    1st Maori War 1845 - 1846
    The First Maori War in New Zealand
  • Crimean War 1853 - 1856

    Australian groups of troops raised small numbers of volunteer artillery, cavalry and infantry units that were made during the Crimean war that lasted from 1953 - 1956
  • Second Maori War 1860 - 1866

    Second Maori War 1860 - 1866
    The Second Maori War in New Zealand
  • American Civil War 1861 - 1865

    American Civil War 1861 - 1865
    The American Civil War had Australians fighting on both sides of the War
  • Sudan 1885

    In March of 1885 a group of 522 men from Australia colony set sail to support the British in the Sudan.
  • 2nd Anglo-Boer War 1899 - 1901

    When argument broke out between the British and Dutch-Afrikaners (Boers) in South Africa, Australia, as part of the British Empire, helped military forces to fight against the Boers.
  • Chinese Boxer Rebellion

    Australia sent mostly navy soldiers to help in the capture of coastal forts. By the time the Australians arrived most of the heaviest fighting was over
  • World War 1 1914 - 1918

    World War 1 1914 - 1918
    Australians went to war with the British Army against the German Army.
  • Bolshevik Revelution

    No Australian units were directly involved in the Bolshevik Revolution, although a big number of Australian soldiers were in Britain awaiting transport back to Australia after World War 1.
  • Egypt Rebellion

    Australian Light-horse units were still in Egypt at the end of the First World War when a large and organised rebel broke out against the British.
  • Spanish Civil War 1936 - 1939

    Australia had no official involvement in this war, although a few Australian men and women travelled to Europe and enlisted to fight in the Spanish Civil War.
  • Second World War 1936 - 1945

    Nearly 1 million Australian people fought in the Second World War, they fought against the Germans, Italians and French in Europe, the Mediterranean and North Africa and against the Japanese in South East Asia.
  • 1950 - 1985 Observers in India and Pakistan

    Australia joined in military fire observers during this operation.
  • Korean War 1950 - 1953

    More than 17,000 Australians fought in the Korean War as part of a multinational force to fight against the Communist North Korean and Chinese forces. Almost 2000 Australians were killed or wounded.
  • Malayan Emergency 1950 - 1960

    Communists were threatening the stability of Malaya which was a South East Asian country newly independent from Britain. Britain and Australia carried out offensive actions against the Communist forces that included bombing from the air and jungle warfare.
  • United Nations Truce Organisation 1956 - Present

    Australia has a total of 13 military observers supervising ceasefire between Israel and it's neighbours.
  • Vietnam War 1962 - 1972

    Australia joined military forces to assist South Vietnam against the Communist forces of North Vietnam.
  • Iraq-Iran Military Observer Group 1988-90

    Australia had 15 military observers over a 2 year period to supervise ceasefire between Iraq and Iran.
  • Gulf War 1990-91

    Australia joined the national taskforce that with the support of the UN Security Council liberated Kuwait.
  • East Timor 1999 - Present

    Indonesia agreed to allow East Timorese to have a on their freedom after more than 20 years of horrible Indonesian occupation. The people of East Timor all wanted independence and so fighting broke out between Indonesian military groups (supported by the Indonesian military) and independence groups.
  • Afghanistan 2001-Present.

    Following the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the USA, Australia invoked the ANZUS treaty to support its ally the USA in the war against the terrorists supported by the Taliban regime in Afghanistan.
  • Invasion of Iraq 2003-Present

    Australia was one of only four nations to support combat troops to the US led invasion of Iraq. Australia has given Naval, Air Force, Infantry, Medical and Special Forces resources to Iraq and continues to be part of the force there.