Category Archives: Australian Military History

The struggle for Kiretche Tepe in the Battle for Gallipoli

Kiretche Tepe is the highest point of the Karokol Dagh Ridge which skirts the northern edge of Sulva Bay. A fierce and deadly fight was fought along this ridge during the Gallipoli campaign. The landing at Suvla Bay was an … Continue reading

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The Battle of Brisbane

The “Battle of Brisbane” was violence between United States (U.S.) military personnel on one side and Australian servicemen and civilians on the other, in Brisbane, Australia on 26–27 November 1942, during World War II. Australia and the US were Allies … Continue reading

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General MacArthur’s hubris

In August 1942 from his GHQ in Brisbane, MacArthur still did not comprehend that his own Allied troops were greatly outnumbered by the Japanese troops on the Kokoda Trail or the extreme privations of the defenders. This was a continuing problem … Continue reading

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The Kokoda Track – the bitter struggle to stop the Japanese

The Kokoda Track campaign campaign was part of the Pacific War of World War II. The campaign consisted of a series of battles fought from July to November 1942 between Japanese and Allied—primarily Australian—forces in what was then the Australian … Continue reading

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Stalky’s Forlorn Hope – Captain Savige’s Remarkable Story

Lieutenant General Sir Stanley George Savige, KBE, CB, DSO, MC, ED (26 June 1890 – 15 May 1954), was a Australian Army soldier who served in World War I and World War II, rising to the rank of lieutenant general. … Continue reading

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Morotai Mutiny

The “Morotai Mutiny” was an incident in April 1945 involving members of the Australian First Tactical Air Force based on the island of Morotai, in the Dutch East Indies. Eight senior pilots, including Australia’s leading flying ace, Group Captain Clive … Continue reading

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Dunsterforce

Established in 1917, Dunsterforce was an Allied military mission of under 1,000 Australian, New Zealand, British, and Canadian troops (drawn from the Mesopotamian and Western Fronts), accompanied by armoured cars, deployed from Hamadan some 350 km across Qajar Persia. It … Continue reading

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April 25 – ANZAC Day – Gallipoli

“To die violently and be laid in this shell swept area is to die lonely indeed. The day is far off (but it will come) when splendid mausoleums will be raised over these heroic dead. And one foresees the time … Continue reading

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