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June 2021

Below the radar: The secret war in South-East Asia 1942-45 Presented by Kate Reid-Smith

June 29 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

The speed of Imperial Japan's occupation of British Malaya in 1941–42 caught the Allies off-guard and without substantial intelligence assets. The Allied Intelligence Bureau (AIB) was formed to mitigate the intelligence shortfalls. The Australian section of the AIB may also have been used by its MI6 representative to support Britain’s position in the region after the war, maintain imperial cohesion, and to counteract any increase in United States influence. When: Tuesday, 29 June, 6.00-7.00pm (AEST) Where: Zoom REGISTRATION IS FREE…

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July 2021

Launch of the RUSIV Australian Defence Force Ethics Essay Competition

July 8 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
ANZAC House, 4, Collins St
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The President & Council of The Royal United Services Institute of Victoria have pleasure in inviting you to the Launch of the RUSIV Australian Defence Force Ethics Essay Competition by Major General the Honourable Greg Garde, AO, RFD at Anzac House, 4 Collins St Melbourne at 11 am on Thursday 8th July 2021 RSVP: The Secretary, by 1st June   Click here for all details of The RUSIV Prize Essay – Australian Defence Ethics

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‘Special Missions in Persia and Russia, 1917-1919: Colonel Earnest Latchford MC MBE’ – Speaker: Mark Latchford

July 14 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

In late 1918, thousands of Australian soldiers, exhausted and scarred from the conflict in Europe, began to head home to loved ones down under. However, one ANZAC headed the wrong way, toward more conflict and risk in vast and frozen Siberia. This is the story of Ernest Latchford, told through his articulate, observant letters home from three very distinct theatres of war. Ern Latchford was one of the early recruits to newly federated Australia’s embryonic militia and when war did…

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October 2021

The Bloody Beachheads: The Battles of Gona, Buna and Sanananda – One Day Conference

October 2 @ 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
The Royal Historical Society of Victoria, 239 A’Beckett Street
Melbourne, 3000 Australia
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As the battle for Guadalcanal dragged on the Japanese advance on the Kokoda Track culminated and they were ordered to ‘advance to the rear’.     Two delaying defensive positions at Eora Creek and Oivi-Gorari imposed a toll on the Australians’ pursuit, but allowed time for the Japanese to complete a labyrinth of bunkers and trenches around the Papuan beach head villages of Gona, Buna and Sanananda. The Battle for the Beachheads, as it became known, saw an estimated 9,000…

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