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  • ISSN 2203-5249 RESEARCH PAPER SERIES, 2020-21 11 AUGUST 2020 Victory in the Pacific Day: a quick guide David Watt Foreign Affairs, Defence and Security Section The end of the Second World War Japanese Emperor Hirohito’s announcement of surrender on 15 August 1945 brought the Second World War to an end
    Date: 11/08/2020 - Collection: Publications - ID: library/prspub/7488472 - Source: Research Paper Series (Pa... - Author: WATT, David

  • ISSN 2203-5249 RESEARCH PAPER SERIES, 2016-17 3 APRIL 2017 Anzac Day 2017 A quick guide to military anniversaries in 2017 David Watt Foreign Affairs, Defence and Security Section In February 2017, the Minister for Veterans �[ Affairs announced a list of significant anniversary dates which will be the focus of
    Date: 03/04/2017 - Collection: Publications - ID: library/prspub/5194642 - Source: Research Paper Series (Pa... - Author: WATT, David

  • The 75th anniversary of the bombing of Darwin Posted 15/02/2017 by David Watt On 19 February 1942 approximately 240 Japanese aircraft attacked Darwin in two separate raids, representing the first ever enemy attack on Australian soil. More than 240 civilians and Australian and US service personnel were killed, and eight
    Date: 15/02/2017 - Collection: Publications - ID: library/prspub/5103494 - Source: FlagPost - Author: WATT, David

  • ISSN 2203-5249 RESEARCH PAPER SERIES, 2016-17 8 AUGUST 2016 Commonwealth Members of Parliament who have served in war: the Second World War Nathan Church Foreign Affairs, Defence and Security Section Hannah Gobbett and Simon Speldewinde Politics and Public Administration Section Contents Abbreviations .............................................................................................. 2 Introduction ................................................................................................ 3 Members of Parliament
    Date: 09/09/2016 - Collection: Publications - ID: library/prspub/4807044 - Source: Research Paper Series (Pa... - Author: CHURCH, Nathan - GOB...

  • 8 MILITARY ANNIVERSARIES Stephen Fallon Australia’s annual Anzac Day this year marked the centenary of the first major military action fought by Australian (and New Zealand) forces during the First World War. This commemoration is, on the whole, characterised by the solemn dawn services that have become increasingly popular, extensive
    Date: 01/10/2015 - Collection: Publications - ID: library/prspub/4133156 - Source: OFF THE SHELF - Author: FALLON, Stephen

  •   MARCH 23, 2012 The 70th anniversary of the Second World War events of 1942— ‘Australia’s perilous year’: April to December Australian troops at Milne Bay, Papua, October 1942; image source: Australian War Memorial On 19 February 2012, the 70th anniversary of the first bombing of Darwin, Prime Minister Julia
    Date: 23/03/2012 - Collection: Publications - ID: library/prspub/1585361 - Source: FlagPost - Author: HARRIS, Marty

  •   FEBRUARY 10, 2012 The 70th anniversary of the Second World War events of 1942— ‘Australia’s perilous year’: February and March Image source: National Library of Australia 'For there can be no doubt that 1942 was for Australia—as a nation and as a people—the most important single year of all
    Date: 10/02/2012 - Collection: Publications - ID: library/prspub/1416976 - Source: FlagPost - Author: HARRIS, Marty

  •       Parliament of Australia Department of Parliamentary Services BACKGROUND NOTE  8 November 2010 The sinking of the Montevideo Maru  David Watt  Foreign Affairs, Defence and Security Section  Contents  Introduction ............................................................................................................................................. 1  Background ......................................................................................................................................... 1  Lark Force and Rabaul ......................................................................................................................... 1  Uncertainty .................................................................................................................................... 3  Did the Montevideo Maru ever exist? ........................................................................................... 3  Did the Montevideo Maru really sink? .......................................................................................... 4  Impact of finding the HMAS Sydney II ................................................................................................ 5  Montevideo Maru groups ................................................................................................................... 6  Montevideo Maru Memorial Committee ...................................................................................... 6  Montevideo Maru Foundation ...................................................................................................... 7  Rabaul & Montevideo Maru Society ............................................................................................. 7  Petitions .............................................................................................................................................. 7  Government responses ....................................................................................................................... 8  Nominal Roll and other sources........................................................................................................ 10  Concluding comments ...................................................................................................................... 12  Further reading ............................................................................................................................ 12    The sinking of the Montevideo Maru  1  Introduction   The sinking of the Montevideo Maru in 1942 and the consequent loss of over 1000 Australian  soldiers and civilians is the greatest loss of Australian lives at sea in war or peace. The concealment  of the facts of the sinking by the Japanese military has led some to doubt the veracity of the  accounts given of the events, and resulted in great uncertainty about who was actually onboard. This  Background Note will outline the history of the sinking of the Montevideo Maru and tell the story of  the search to find the truth about the sinking, and just who was on board the vessel when she went  down.   Background  The Montevideo Maru was an unmarked Japanese transport freighter which sank on 1 July 1942  while taking 1051 Australian soldiers and civilian Prisoners of War (POWs) to Hainan Island, which  was then occupied by the Japanese. The Montevideo Maru was torpedoed and sunk in the South  China Sea, approximately 100 km west of the Philippines’ Cape Luzon by the USS Sturgeon, a United  States submarine, captained by Lieutenant Commander William Wright. The ship was torpedoed at  2.29 am and sank stern‐first 11 minutes later. There were no Australian survivors. This was the 
    Date: 08/11/2010 - Collection: Publications - ID: library/prspub/345793 - Source: BACKGROUND NOTE (RESEARCH... - Author: WATT, David

  • ry Li E N T I S S U E R I E F ISSN 1321-1560 Copyright Commonwealth of Australia 1995 Except to the extent of the uses permitted under the Copyright Act 1968, no part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any
    Date: 26/06/1995 - Collection: Publications - ID: library/prspub/JDB20 - Source: CURRENT ISSUES BRIEFS (FO... - Author: BROWN, Gary

  • CONTENTS Introduction Allegations against Australian troops The 'Singapore strategy' The war to early 1942 Preparations for the defence of Singapore Until 1941 In 1941- 42 The battle for Singapore The preliminary stages The fall of Singapore Assessing allegations against Australian troops Wavell's charges Indiscipline and desertion Failure to patrol Conclusions
    Date: 10/02/1993 - Collection: Publications - ID: library/prspub/TS410 - Source: BACKGROUND PAPERS (DEFENC... - Author: BROWN, Gary

  • CONTENTS INTRODUCTION THE FEAR OF INVASION During 1942 Postwar Invasion Beliefs JAPAN'S STRATEGIC QUANDARY IN 1942 The Japanese Navy: Invasion Supported The Japanese Army: Invasion Opposed The Army's Alternative Strategy TOP LEVEL JAPANESE ATTITUDES AND DECISIONS The Strategic Debate and Decision: January-March 1942 THE BATTLE OF THE CORAL SEA (May
    Date: 29/04/1992 - Collection: Publications - ID: library/prspub/GMS00 - Source: BACKGROUND PAPERS (DEFENC... - Author: BROWN, Gary

  • INTRODUCTION Recent remarks by the Prime Minister (Mr Keating) to the effect that Britain "abandoned" Australia during the early stages of the Pacific War (1941-2) have stimulated controversy and interest in both countries. This Brief does not purport to settle the issue of "abandonment", but provides some military historical background to events of
    Date: 02/03/1992 - Collection: Publications - ID: library/prspub/Z2Q00 - Source: ISSUES BRIEFS (DEFENCE GR... - Author: BROWN, Gary

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