Conference roundup – MHHV Conference on Saturday 21 November 2015
This one day conference examined the history, politics, controversy and experience around the periods in Australian history when compulsory military service was introduced.
Following the vote in favour of self-determination in 1999 chaos engulfed East Timor. Dozens of buildings burned, thousands of people were displaced from their homes and some were injured or killed.
Shortly after midday the gunners at Fort Nepean lined up the German merchant steamer – the SS Pfalz – as it bolted towards the heads and fired the first shot in a terrible war that would last four long years and scar the world.
Since the last AWM conference on the subject in 2003, much new material has been revealed about Australia’s air war in Europe.
The war in Vietnam has left indelible impressions upon our society.
The Great War saw the emergence of an Australian Flying Corps (AFC), which by 1918 was making a tangible contribution to Allied air operations in the Middle East and on the Western Front. Over the operational phases of the war, the airmen and ground crews adapted to new aircraft types while facing a determined enemy […]
In 1942 Australia lay in the shadow of war, a shadow on its very doorstep. The victorious Japanese forces had swept right up to Australian territory and the very lifeline of the Pacific supply route with the United States was directly threatened.