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Battle for Australia : 01-January-2013
Battle for Australia : 01-January-2013

Photographs supplied by Glen Yeomans

Memorial commemorates those who fought the Battle for Australia between 7 December 1941 and 15 August 1945.

The Battle for Australia is a contested historiographical term used to claim a link between a series of battles near Australia during the Pacific War of the Second World War.

The Returned and Services League of Australia (RSL) and Battle for Australia Commemoration National Council campaigned for over a decade for official commemoration of a series of battles fought in 1942, including the Battle of the Coral Sea, Battle of Milne Bay and Kokoda Track Campaign, as having formed a 'battle for Australia'. This campaign was successful, and in 2008 the Australian Government proclaimed that commemorations for the Battle for Australia would be held annually on the first Wednesday in September, with the day being designated 'Battle for Australia Day'.

Peter Stanley the former principal historian at the Australian War Memoria argues that the concept of a 'Battle for Australia' is mistaken as these actions did not form a single campaign aimed against Australia. Stanley has also stated that no historian he knows believes that there was a 'Battle for Australia.



Address:Pacific Boulevarde, Esplanade Park, Buddina, 4575
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -26.702866
Long: 153.135053
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Conflict
Actual Event Start Date:07-December-1941
Actual Event End Date:15-August-1945


Front Inscription

In Remembrance Of Those
Australian Men And Women And Their Allies
Who Fought The

7 Dec 41  23 Jan 42  05 Mar 43  15 Aug 45

Rabaul 23 Jan 42  Darwin 19 Feb/12 Nov 43  Kokoda 21 July/26 Sep 42  Milne Bay  25 Aug/05 Sep 42  Coral Sea 5/8 May 42  Midway 4/6 Jun 42  Guadalcanal  07 Aug 42/07 Feb 43  Bismarck  2/5 Mar 43

South and South West Pacific Areas
- Part Of The War In The Pacific 1941 - 1945

Source: MA
Monument details supplied by Monument Australia - www.monumentaustralia.org.au
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