Australian World War 2 Events

Australian World War 2 Events

Australia provided some much needed manpower and resolve during actions in both the Pacific and in European Theaters of War during World War 2.





There are a total of (39) entries in the Australian World War 2 Events. Entries are listed below by earliest date to latest date.


September 3rd
1939
The government of Australia declares war on Germany.
June 11th
1940
Australia declares war on Italy.
September 21st
1940
Incumbent Australian Prime Minister Robert Menzies wins reelection.
January 15th
1941
The Australian Army begins actions against the Italians in Libya.
April 10th - April 16th
1941
Three divisions of British, Australian and New Zealand troops at the Aliakmon Line in the Vermion Mountains are defeated.
April 12th
1941
Vermion Line Allied troops are now redeployed to defensive positions around Mount Olympus.
April 26th
1941
Allied codebreakers intercept word of the impending German invasion of Crete.
April 27th - April 30th
1941
Operation Demon is activated, covering the evacuation of some 51,000 Allied troops from southern Greece via the Royal Navy.
April 30th
1941
Allied forces based on Crete receive a new leader in the form of Major-General Bernard Freyberg.
May 19th
1941
In advance of the Crete invasion, RAF fighters are relocated to Egypt for safe-keeping.
May 19th
1941
Allied codebreakers intercept word that Operation Mercury will commence the very next day. The Allies begin preparations.
May 20th
1941
Allied flak teams destroy as many as 50% of the invading German transport planes in the first few hours of the operation.
May 20th
1941
In-air losses for the second wave of German paratroopers is nearly equal to the first thanks to the stellar Allied flak defenses on Crete.
May 21st
1941
German Army troops making their way to Crete via the sea are intercepted and pummeled by elements of the Royal Navy. Just 60 of these German soldiers live to see another day.
May 21st
1941
A German offensive against Heraklion is pushed away by at least 8,000 dug-in Allied soldiers.
May 27th
1941
Allied forces retreat to defensive positions at Galatas.
May 28th
1941
The evacuation order is given by Major-General Freyberg for the gradual withdrawel of Allied troops from the island of Crete.
May 28th
1941
Heraklion in the north and Sphakia in the south of Crete will serve as major evacuation junctions for the Allies.
May 30th
1941
The brave defense of Rethymnon by Australian soldiers finally falters under intense pressure from the German Army.
February 19th
1942
The Japanese 1st Air Fleet conducts a surprise attack on Allied ships at Broome and Darwin. Twelve ships are sunk in the assault.
March 8th
1942
Japan invades New Guinea.
March 8th
1942
Japanese forces, numbering two battalions strong, land at Lae and Salamaua in New Guinea.
July 21st
1942
Japanese Major General Horii and his 18th Army land near Buna.
July 22nd
1942
The Japanese Army gain ground on the US, Australian and Papuan Infantry Regiment defenders.
July 22nd
1942
Major General Horii and his 18th Army march towards Port Moresby.
August 14th
1942
The Japanese Army gains vital territory leading up and into the Owen Stanley Range.
August 14th
1942
The Japanese Army takes control of the village of Kokoda.
August 14th
1942
The Japanese Army reaches Isurava just outside of Port Moresby.
August 25th
1942
The Japanese Navy completes an amphibious landing at Milne Bay to establish a beachhead and open a second front on New Guinea.
August 26th
1942
The 18th Australian Brigade, utilizing valuable intelligence reports, meet the arriving Japanese amphibious forces head-on and hold the Japanese beachhead at Milne Bay.
August 29th
1942
A further 600 Japanese Army soldiers are landed at Milne Bay to help strengthen the beachhead.
August 30th
1942
American General Douglas MacArthur employs his superiors for additional firepower and troop strength to help hold Papua.
September 4th
1942
With the Allied resistance holding off further advance, the Japanese Army begins a formal withdrawal of the island.
September 26th
1942
Australian Army forces hold fast to territory near Toribaiwa.
November 15th
1942
Australian forces continue their march from the west against Japanese-held areas.
December 9th
1942
The Australian Army liberates the village of Gona from the hold of the Japanese Amry.
December 14th
1942
Allied Australian and US forces continued their maches against the Japanese, taking territory through fierce firefights.
January 31st
1943
Sananada is officially in Allied hands.
January 31st
1943
The Kokoda Trail is firmly in Allied hands by this date.