At the outbreak of war in 1939, the British asked Australia for help and it was, over time, given willingly and in quantity but one of its earliest contributions was to send, with some misgivings, five destroyers to join the Royal Navy fleet in the Mediterranean.
The Greek campaign of 1941 recently featured in a major military history conference held in Melbourne.
Military History & Heritage Victoria Inc. 4th Biennial Two-Day Conference – Hard Fought: Australia in the Mediterranean Theatre 1940-1945 9-10 April 2022, Waverley RSL, Melbourne.
Prof Helliwell opened her excellent presentation to an audience of 39 explaining about the secret Allied operations to take back Sarawak from the occupying Japanese in 1945.
Japan’s Pacific War is a collection of personal accounts from over 100 former Japanese soldiers, sailors and airmen recorded by Dr Peter Williams when he lived in Japan in the 1980s.
If war is an innate to human societies, then an anthropologist is probably well placed to provide insights that are atypical to most military histories.
This is another monograph written by the son of a Second World War participant, who, like so many, did not discuss his war experiences.
Forced out of France, Britain faced the Battle of Britain in 1940 followed by the bombing of London and its industrial cities by the Luftwaffe.