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Hard Fought: Australia in the Mediterranean Theatre 1940-1945 4th Biennial Two-Day Conference

April 9, 2022 @ 8:30 am - April 10, 2022 @ 5:30 pm

This conference will examine the contribution of Australia’s Army, Navy and Air Force to Allied operations and campaigns in the Mediterranean Theatre over 1940-1945.

From Libya, Greece, Crete, Syria-Lebanon, Egypt, and Malta, in North Africa, Sicily, Italy, southern France and the Balkans, Australians in units or as individuals were active in the theatre.

What were the strategic imperatives about the Mediterranean Theatre and why was Australia there? How did Australia support Allied strategy in the Mediterranean Theatre and what were the consequences for Australia after Japan attacked in the Pacific? What was the Axis opposition and how did the Australians measure up against the Italians, Germans and Vichy French? What was the experience of Australia Air Force, Navy and Army, nationally or as part of Allied forces? What were the Australian contributions to Allied victories, and how did they deal with their defeats? What was the experience of the Australians captured by the Axis, and of Axis prisoners in Australia? How did the medical services cope? Who were the leaders and battle commanders and how did they perform? What were the stories of courage in ground, sea and air battles? How have we remembered those who fell?

View the Conference program here

Register for the conference here

(Chair) Prof. Peter Edwards, AM
(Convenor) Dr Andrew Kilsby

Tickets (includes all conference sessions, lunch, morning, and afternoon tea):
• MHHV Member: $170
• Non-MHHV Members: $200.
• University student or Non-MHHV Member Concession Card Holder: $170
• Conference 3 course dinner $50 per head (drinks not included)

Conference Dinner speaker: Emeritus Prof. David Horner AM, Strategic & Defence Studies Centre, Australian National University. Australian War Leadership

Register for the Dinner here.

Registrations for conference and dinner close Tuesday 5th April at 5PM

View the Conference program here

See accepted speaker abstracts and bios here

See the Call for Papers here

Covid-19 – Please note that the conference will be organised to comply with the Covid-19 rules of entry requested by the venue (this may include a requirement to be fully vaccinated).

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April 9, 2022 @ 8:30 am
April 10, 2022 @ 5:30 pm


Waverley RSL Sub-Branch Inc
161 Coleman Parade
Glen Waverly, Victoria 3150 Australia
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03 8558 4700
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