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Australia has a vast military history. Many historical milestones will be commemorated during the Centenary period. These milestones will be celebrated this month.

Jan

1st of January

  • Battle of Uijonbu, Korea, 1951
  • Unit/Corps Birthday: 3 RAR; 3 FWD GEN HOSP; 10 FD AMB (1960); 126 Sig Sqn (1965)
  • 16 RWAR (1966); SAE (1991); AHQ (1998) AHU (1998)
  • Anniversary of Commissioning: HMAS KUTTABUL (1943)
  • 6 SQN reformed, Richmond (1939)
  • 76 SQN reformed, Williamtown NSW (1989)
  • 1 Radar Surveillance Unit formed Alice Springs NT (1992)
  • 1 Airfield Operations Support Squadron formed Richmond NSW (2007)

2nd of January

  • Buna falls to the US32 Div and the 18 Bde Aust (1943)

3rd of January

  • Battle of Bardia 16 and 17 AIF (1941)

4th of January

  • Australia introduced conscription for mil svc (1943)

5th of January

  • Army Landing Ship AV1356 Clive Steel came under enemy rocket fire in South Vietnam (1969)
  • Battle of Lingayen Gulf, HMAS AUSTRALIA, HMAS SHROPSHIRE, HMAS ARUNTA (5-9 Jan 1945)
  • Anniversary of Commissioning: HMAS BRUNEI (1973)
  • RAAF-piloted flight enabled Mawson to sight MacRobertson Land in Antarctica (1930)

6th of January

  • Formation of the Military Board (1905)

8th of January

  • Last Australian Combat Troops depart Korea (1958)

9th of January

  • First contingent of 2nd AIF (6 Div) embarks for the Middle East (1940)

11th of January

  • C-130s deliver 1RAR advance party to Mogadishu, Somalia, for Operation Solace (1993)
  • RAAF raisied first and only Surface-to-Air Missile unit (1961)

12th of January

  • CAPT PJ McCarthy killed while serving with UNSTO Observer Gp Lebanon (1st Australian killed with UN -1988)

14th of January

  • Battle of Gemas, Malaya 8 Div (1942)
  • RAAF Experimental Section formed at Randwick, Sydney (1924)

15th of January

  • Main body of 1 RAR arrives in Somalia (1993)
  • Battle of Sanananda, PNG 18 Bde (1943)
  • RAAF Base Butterworth (Malaysia) formed (1958)

16th of January

  • Battle of Muar, Malaya 19 & 29 Bde (1942)

17th of January

  • Gulf War hostilities commence against Iraq (1991)
  • Battle of Tsimba Ridge, Bouganville 31/51 Bn (1945)
  • RAAF Base Edinburgh formed (1955)

18th of January

  • Battle of Balif, PNG 2/5 Bn (1945)

19th of January

  • Battle of Nambut Ridge, PNG 2/1, 2/3 Bn and 1 MG Bn (1945)
  • Battle of Shaggy Ridge begins (1944)

20th of January

  • A Coy 3 RAR occupied Ichon, Korea (1951)
  • HMAS DELORAINE, HMAS KATOOMBA, HMAS LITHGOW sink Japanese submarine 1-124 off Darwin (1942)
  • Anniversary of Commissioning: HMAS CRESWELL (1958)

21st of January

  • Malaysian Government made direct request for Australian troops in Borneo (1965)
  • On this day in 1963 the RAN School of Underwater Medicine was established at HMAS Ruschcutter, Sydney. It later relocated to HMAS Penguin on 29 July 1968 where it continues to provide valuable service as the Submarine and Underwater Medicine Unit.

22nd of January

  • HMAS PATRICIA CAM sunk by Japanese aircraft (1943)
  • Capture of Torbuk, North Africa, 6 Div (1941)

23rd of January

  • Fall of Rabaul (1942)
  • Capture of Shaggy Ridge, PNG 7 Div (1944)

24th of January

  • Battle of Bien-Hoa, South Vietnam (1968)
  • Battle of Puriata River, Bouganville 7 Bde (1945)
  • Anniversary of Commissioning: HMAS Shepparton (1990)

24th of January

  • Battle of Bien-Hoa, South Vietnam (1968)
  • Battle of Puriata River, Bouganville 7 Bde (1945)
  • Anniversary of Commissioning: HMAS Shepparton (1990)

25th of January

  • Battle of Sio-Sepik River, PIR 30 Bde (1944)
  • Anniversary of Commissioning: STS YOUNG ENDEAVOUR (1988)

26th of January

  • Battle of Jamuluang, Malaya, 22 Bde (1942)
  • Unit/Corps Birthday: The Pilbara Regt (1982)

27th of January

  • Dunsterforce including hand picked Australian officers and NCOs; left Bagdad for NW Persia (Iran) (1918)
  • Unit/Corps Birthday: RTC NSW (1966)

28th of January

  • MAJGEN Sir Edward Hutton arrives in Australia to assume duties as GOC CMF (1902)
  • Anniversary of Commissioning: HMAS SYDNEY (1983)

29th of January

  • Sandakan, Borneo death march begins (1945)
  • Lead elements of 6 Div enter Derna, North Africa (1941)

30th of January

  • Battle of Ambon and Laha, Gull Force (1942)
  • 1st Aust Corps begins to return from Middle East (1942)
  • Women's Royal Australian Air Force formed (1951)

31st of January

  • TET Offensive South Vietnam (1968)
  • Advance party of 8 Div land in Malaya (1941)
  • Anniversary of Commissioning: HMAS FARNCOMB (1998)

Feb

1st of February

  • Anniversary of Commissioning: HMAS CAIRNS (1974)

2nd of February

  • Battle of Mosigetta, Bougainville 9, 25 & 61st Bn (1945)
  • Headquarters Air Lift Group formed, Richmond NSW (1978)
  • 81 Wing reformed, Williamtown NSW (1987)
  • Combat Survival Training School formed, Townsville QLD (1987)
  • Headquarters Air Lift Group formed, Richmond NSW (1987)

3rd of February

  • Australian Garrison on Ambon surrendered (1942)

4th of February

  • Approval given to form Australian Women's Army Service (1941)

5th of February

  • Japanese defeated at Wau (1943)
  • School of Air Warfare formed, East Sale VIC (1946)

6th of February

  • 1 SAS Sqn arrived in Brunei as first Australian combat unit to serve in Borneo during confrontation (1965)
  • 23 SQN reformed, Richmond (1939)

7th of February

  • Sir Richard Williams, "Father of RAAF" died (1980)
  • C-130 evacuated Australians from Tehran during Iranian Revolution (1979)

8th of February

  • Battle for Singapore 8 Div (1942)
  • Anniversary of Commissioning: HMAS BETANO (1974)
  • Institute of Aviation Medicine formed, Point Cook, VIC (1956)

10th of February

  • HMAS MELBOURNE/HMAS VOYAGER collision, 82 lives lost (1964)
  • Anniversary of Commissioning: HMAS BATHURST (2006); HMAS LARRAKIA (2006); HMAS BROOME (2007)

11th of February

  • Advance party of ASC2 arrived in Rwanda (1995)
  • HMAS LAUNCESTON, HMAS IPSWICH, HMIS JUMNIA sink Japanese submarine RO-110 (1944)

12th of February

  • 2AIF began arriving in Egypt, 16 Bde of 6 Div (1940)
  • Anniversary of Commissioning: HMAS HAWKESBURY (2000)

13th of February

  • 34AIF disembark at Kure, Japan as part of Commonwealth Occupation Force (1946)
  • Australian Lancaster squadrons take part in devastating raid in Dresden, Germany (1945)
  • RAAF flying in Vietnam ceases (35 Sqn Caribou transports) (1972)

14th of February

  • Battle of Chuam-Ni, Korea 3 RAR (1951)

15th of February

  • Fall of Singapore (1942)
  • Anniversary of Commissioning: HMAS MELBOURNE (1992)
  • RAAF Base Williamtown formed (1941)
  • First Warrant Officer of the RAAF appointed (1993)

16th of February

  • Battle of Barara, Bougainville 25 Bn (1945)

17th of February

  • Battle of Long Hai, South Vietnam 8 RAR and 1 Armd Regt (1970)

18th of February

  • Australian Army's first overseas deployment 1st Aust Cwlth Horse Bn sailed for South Africa (1902)

19th of February

  • Title of head of Australian Army changed from "Chief of the General Staff" to "Chief of Army" (1997)
  • First Japanese raid on Darwin. Engaged by 14 AD Bty, RAA (1942)
  • Darwin bombed by Japanese. WGCDR A.R. Tindal becomes the first RAAF member to die on active service on Australian soil (1942)

20th of February

  • Battle of Koepang, West Timor 40 Bn (1942)
  • 41 Wing reformed, Williamtown NSW (1987)

21st of February

  • Capture of Jerico, Palestine 3 Aust LHR (1918)
  • Lincoln bomber strike on communist camp in Malaya kills 14 guerrillas (1956)
  • 37 SQN reformed, Richmond (1966)

23rd of February

  • Transition Day UNTAET East Timor (2000)
  • Anniversary of Commissioning: HMAS SHEEAN, HMAS DECHAINEUX (2001)

24th of February

  • Coalition forces invaded Iraq (Op Desert Storm) (1991)

25th of February

  • Centurion tanks of 1 Armd Regt arrived in South Vietnam (1968)
  • Women's Auxiliary Australian Air Force formed (1941)
  • RAAF College officially opened to conduct officer education (1948)

26th of February

  • Battle of Jamuluang, Malaya, 22 Bde (1942)
  • Unit/Corps Birthday: The Pilbara Regt (1982)

26th of February

  • 1 RAR splits to form 5 RAR (1965)

27th of February

  • The Defence Act became Law (1904)
  • Anniversary of Commissioning: HMAS PALUMBA (1989)

28th of February

  • Gulf War cessation of hostilities against Iraq (1991)
  • Battle of Sundra Strait, HMAS PERTH and USS HOUSTON sunk after engaging Japanese forces (1942)

Mar

1st of March

  • Announcement of Republic of Vietnam Unit Citation to 2 Sqn (1972)
  • First Defence Act passed by Federal Parliament (1904)
  • Creation of Commonwealth Naval and Military Forces (1901)
  • Anniversary of Commissioning: HMAS YARRA (2003)
  • First Australian military flight - Point Cook VIC (1914)
  • 7The RAN adopts the Australian White Ensign (1967)
  • RAAF Base Laverton established (1926)

3rd of March

  • NSW contingent to Sudan sailed from Sydney (1885)
  • Battle of the Bismark Sea - RAAF attacks made on Japanese convoy (1943)
  • Anniversary of Commissioning: HMAS BUNDABERG (2007)

4th of March

  • HMAS YARRA sunk by Japanese forces (1942)
  • 75 Squadron formed Townsville, QLD (1942)

5th of March

  • Battle of Waitavolo, New Britain 6 Bde (1945)
  • RAAF Balloon took to the sky for the first time for promotional purposes (1990)

7th of March

  • Battle of Maehwa-san, Korea 3 RAR (1951)

8th of March

  • Battle of Maprik, PNG 17 Bde (1945)

9th of March

  • Allied force in Java surrender to Japanese (1942)
  • Anniversary of Commissioning: HMAS LABUAN (1973)

10th of March

  • Australian Army Postal Corps formed (1916)
  • RAAF Base Pearce established (1938)

11th of March

  • First Australian contingent to UNTAG in Namibia (1989)
  • 36 Squadron formed at Laverton, VIC (1942)

12th of March

  • 3 RAR captured Hill 703 Korea (1951)

13th of March

  • General Order 10 notified disbandment of colonial military forces of newly formed Australian Army (1901)

14th of March

  • 3 RAR captured Hill 410 Korea (1951)
  • Anniversary of Commissioning: HMAS WATSON (1945)

15th of March

  • IAF depart Egypt for Western Front (1916)
  • RAAF Memorial on Anzac parade in Canberra dedicated (1973)

16th of March

  • Anniversary of Commissioning: HMAS COONAWARRA (1970)
  • 77 Squadron formed at Pearce, WA (1942)

17th of March

  • Battle of Bapaume, France 2 Div (1917)

18th of March

  • 16 Bde arrived in Greece (1941)

19th of March

  • Battle of Giarabub, North Africa 6 Div (1941)

20th of March

  • Anniversary of Commissioning: HMAS BENALLA (1990)
  • First RAAF bomb in conflict since Vietnam dropped in Iraq (2003)

21st of March

  • Battle of the Somme, France (1918)

22nd of March

  • Crash of RAF Dakota at Lubeck kills sole RAAF casualty of Berlin Airlift (1949)

23rd of March

  • Personnel of Australian Army Nursing Svc given Army ranks (1943)

24th of March

  • Raid into Jordan (Es Salt) ANZAC Mtd Div & Imperial Camel Corps (1918)
  • 'The Great Escape' from Stalag Luft 111, for which five Australian prisoners of war were executed (1944)

24th of March

  • Battle of Bien-Hoa, South Vietnam (1968)
  • Battle of Puriata River, Bouganville 7 Bde (1945)
  • Anniversary of Commissioning: HMAS Shepparton (1990)

25th of March

  • Sir Frederick Scherger is the first RAAF officer promoted Air Chief Marshal (1965)

26th of March

  • First battle of Gaza, Palestine ALH & ICC (1917)

27th of March

  • Battle of Dernancourt, France 12 & 13 Bde (1918)
  • Battle of Jordan (Amman) ANZAC Mtd Div & ICC (1918)
  • 77 Squadron fought its last air-to-air engagement of the Korean War (1953)

28th of March

  • Battle of Matapan, HMAS PERTH, HMAS STUART & HMAS VENDETTA (1941)

29th of March

  • Anniversary of Commissioning: HMAS RANKIN (2003)
  • 35 Squadron lost its only Caribou to enemy action in Veitnam (1970)

30th of March

  • 2 Flying Training School formed, East Sale (1952)

31st of March

  • Anniversary of Commissioning: HMAS WARRAMUNGA (2001)
  • Formation of the Australian Air Force ('Royal' prefix added 13 Aug 1921)
  • RAAF Base Tindal opens (1989)
  • 462 SQN reformed, Canberra ACT (2001)
  • RAAF Museum formed, Point Cook VIC (1988)
  • RAAF Base Williams formed from amalgamation of commands of Laverton & Point Cook (1989)

Apr

1st of April

  • Anniversary of Commissioning: HMAS CERBERUS (1921)
  • First fighter squadrons of Citizen Air Force formed (1948)
  • 25 SQN reformed, Pearce WA (1948)
  • 114 Mobile Control & Reporting Unit reformed, Amberley QLD (1968)

4th of April

  • Federal Govt announces relocation of Defence Administration from Melbourne to Canberra (1957)
  • Battle of ER Regima, Tobruk 2/13 Bn (1941)
  • First battle of Villers Brettoneux, France 3 Div (1918)
  • Battle of Avre France 9 & 15 (1918)
  • Three 11 Sqn Neptunes complete first RAAF round-the-world flight (1957)

5th of April

  • Battle of Ancre, France 3, 4 & 5 Div (1918)

6th of April

  • Govt amended Defence Act to enable conscripts to serve in combat operations in times when neither war nor Defence emergency has been declared (1965)
  • Battle of Dernancourt, France 12 & 13 Bde (1918)
  • 2 Operational Conversion Unit formed, Port Pirie SA (1942)

7th of April

  • Anniversary of Formation: 723 Sqn (1952)

8th of April

  • Defence of Tobruk begins, North Africa 9 Div (1941)

9th of April

  • Battle of Haiwain River, PNG 16 Bde (1945)
  • HMAS VAMPIRE sunk by Japanese aircraft off Ceylon (1942)
  • Battle of Arras, France 13 LH (1917)

10th of April

  • Battle of Mt Olympus, Greece 16 Bde (1941)
  • Battle of Veve, Greece 19 Bde (1941)

11th of April

  • DER tabled in Parliament (1997)
  • First battle of Bullecourt France 4 Div (1917)

12th of April

  • Battle of Hazebrouck, France 1 Div (1918)

13th of April

  • MUC and emblems awarded to 10th Force Support Battalion and to unit members on parade at Lavarack Bks Townsville (General Cosgrove was officiating) (2002)
  • Battle of Bogadjim, PNG 57/60 Bn (1944)

14th of April

  • Australian instructional Corps formed from the Administration & Instructional Staff (1921)

15th of April

  • C Coy 3 RAR captured Hill 'Salmon' Korea (1951)

16th of April

  • Australian Bicentennial Royal Guard mounted duty at Windsor Castle (1988)

17th of April

  • Battle of Hongorai River, Bougainville 15 Bde (1945)
  • Battle of Kemmel, Belgium 4 ALH, 9 & 10 Bn (1918)
  • Halifax of 462 Squadron last Allied bomber downed by nightfighter (1945)

18th of April

  • First National Service troops emplaned for South Vietnam (1966)
  • Battle of Tempe Gorge, Greece 16 Bde (1941)

19th of April

  • First message received from Australian guerillas operating in Timor (1942)
  • Op Cockpit, 6 RAN ships participate in attack on Sabang (1944)
  • Second battle of Gaza, Palestine ICC (1917)
  • Disgruntled RAAF officers resigned in so-called 'Morotai Mutiny' (1945)

20th of April

  • 'Half Flight' of the AFC embarked for service in Mesopotamia (1915)
  • 21 Squadron formed at Laverton, VIC (1936)
  • 22 Squadron formed at Richmond, NSW (1936)

21st of April

  • HMAS HOBART awarded USN Unit Commendation for service in Vietnam (1969)
  • Battle of Coral-Balmoral, South Vietnam 1 ATF (1968)
  • Baron von Richthofen (The Red Baron) is shot down in France, and later buried by 3 Squadron AFC (1918)
  • RAAF Transports flew in troops and police to deal with riots in Honiara, Solomon Islands (2006)

22nd of April

  • Battle of Kapyong, Korea 3 RAR (1951)
  • Battle of Mubo 1, PNG 2/7 Bn (1943)
  • Battle of Bobdubi 1, PNG 24 Bn (1943)
  • Battle of Brallos Pass, Greece 19 Bde (1941)
  • RAAF Base East Sale formed (1942)

23rd of April

  • "Kanga Force" formed for guerilla ops in PNG (1942)
  • Anniversary of Commissioning: HMAS TOBRUK (1981); HMAS SUCCESS (1986)
  • First RAAF bombing operations in Vietnam (2 Sqn) (1967)

24th of April

  • Op Demon RAN ships provide cover for evacuation of Greece (1941)
  • Kapyong Day 3RAR
  • HMVS VICTORIA sailed for the Maori war in NZ, Australia's first commitment of forces overseas (1860)

24th of April

  • Battle of Bien-Hoa, South Vietnam (1968)
  • Battle of Puriata River, Bouganville 7 Bde (1945)
  • Anniversary of Commissioning: HMAS Shepparton (1990)

25th of April

  • HMA Submarine AE2 penetrates the Dardanelles (1915)
  • Anniversary of Formation: 817 Sqn (1950)
  • RAAF C-130 evacuated Australian embassy before fall of Saigon (1975)
  • ANZAC Day
  • Anniversary of Gallipoli landings (1915)

27th of April

  • 75 Sqn Hornets fly last combat operation over Baghdad in Operation Iraqi Freedom (2003)

28th of April

  • First battle for Krithia, Gallipoli 2 Bde (1915)
  • Air Training Corps formed from RAAF Cadets (1941)

29th of April

  • Central Flying School formed, Point Cook VIC (1940)
  • Flying training ended at Point Cook (1993)

30th of April

  • Battle of the Salient, North Africa 9 Div & 18 Bde (1941)
  • Battle of Jordan Es Salt ANZAC Mtd Div (1918)
  • HMA Submarine AE2 scuttled in Sea of Marmara (1915)
  • 24 SQN reformed , Mallala SA (1951)

May

1st of May

  • OP Iceberg, RAN ships participate in the invasion of Okinawa (1945)
  • Air Movements Training & Development Unit formed, Richmond NSW (1962)
  • WRAAF and RAAF Nursing Service fully integrated into Air Force (1977)

2nd of May

  • RAAF Base Garbutt (Townsville) established (1939)

3rd of May

  • 2 SQN formed at Laverton, VIC (1937)

4th of May

  • 1 ATF arrived at Vung Tau, South Vietnam (1966)
  • Battle of Coral Sea HMAS AUSTRALIA, HMAS HOBART (1942)
  • Anniversary of Commissioning: HMAS DIAMANTINA (2002)
  • Battle of Coral Sea begins, in which RAAF flies reconnaissance missions (1942)

5th of May

  • HMAS WESTRALIA Fire (1998)

7th of May

  • 'M' Special Force formed to conduct special ops in PNG (1943)
  • Victory in Europe (1945)

8th of May

  • Battle of Wewak, PNG 2/4 & 2/11 Bn, 2/7 & 2/6 Cdo Sqn (1945)
  • All ALH units transferred to AAC (1942)

10th of May

  • First Australian contingent arrived in Borneo (1964)
  • Battle of Quinn's Post, Gallipoli (1915)

11th of May

  • School of Air Traffic Control formed, East Sale (1981)

12th of May

  • Battle of Fire Support Base 'Coral' South Vietnam 1 RAR, 3 Cav Regt, 102 Fd Bty (1968)

13th of May

  • Voluntary Aid Detachments (VADs) disbanded (1965)
  • Battle of Egan's Ridge-Hongorai Ford Bougainville 15 Bde (1945)

14th of May

  • Australian Hospital Ship CENTAUR sunk (1943)

15th of May

  • Anniversary of Commissioning: HMAS HUON (1999)

17th of May

  • Battle of Commando Road Bougainville (1945)
  • RAAF members in famous 'Dambusters' raid on German industry (1943)

18th of May

  • Commander 1 Aust Div MAJGEN WT Bridges died of wounds Gallipoli (1915)
  • Anniversary of Commissioning: HMAS ANZAC (1996)
  • Headquarters Combat Support Group formed, Amberley QLD 1998)
  • 395 Expeditionary Combat Support Wing formed, Amberley QLD (1998)

19th of May

  • Battle of ANZAC Gallipoli 1 Div and A&NZ Div (1915)
  • PTE JS Kirkpatrick (aka Simpson) killed by sniper, Gallipoli (1915)
  • Goble and McIntyre complete the first flight around Australia (1924)

20th of May

  • Battles of Heraklion and Retimo, Crete 2/4, 2/1 & 2/11 Bn
  • RAN ships assist in the withdrawal of Allied Forces (1941)

21st of May

  • Warning Order issued to 1 RAR for OP Morris Dance, Fiji coup (1987)

22nd of May

  • 4 RAR arrived in South Vietnam, last Aust Bn to serve in conflict (1971)

23rd of May

  • Order issued to 1 Aust Corps to seize and occupy Balikpapan on Borneo (1945)

24th of May

  • Battle of Fire Support Base Coral-Balmoral, South Vietnam 3 RAR, 1 Armd Regt, 3 Cav Regt (1968)

25th of May

  • RAAF transports delivered new peacekeeping force to Timor Leste (2006)

26th of May

  • "A" siege Battery formed from Royal Australian Garrison Artillery to serve with the AIF in France/Belgium. This was the only Australian Permanent Military Force unit to serve in the AIF (1915)

27th of May

  • FM Sir Thomas Blamey died in Victoria (1951)
  • Anniversary of Commissioning: HMAS LEEUWIN & HMAS MELVILLE (2000)

28th of May

  • AATTV awarded US Meritorious Unit Citation, South Vietnam (1970)
  • Withdrawal to Sphakia, Crete 2/7 & 2/8 Bn (1941)

29th of May

  • Action at Witwatersrand, South Africa 1st & 2nd VMR (1900)

30th of May

  • Govt announces females will be accepted in all Army employments except infantry, artillery, amour and combat engineers (1990)
  • 460 Sqn takes part in the first 1,000 bomber raid (on Cologne Germany) (1942)

31st of May

  • Treaty ending Boer War signed in Pretoria, South Africa (1902)
  • Last RAAF bombing operations in Vietnam (2 Sqn) (1971)

June

1st of June

  • HMAS KUTTABUL lost during the Japanese midget submarine attack on Sydney Harbour (1942)
  • RAAF Base Darwin formed (1940)
  • Sabres of 79 Sqn arrive at Ubon, Thailand to counter communist threat (1962)
  • First batch of F-111's for the RAAF delivered from the US (1973)

2nd of June

  • Battle of Hari River Bougainville 2/4 Armd Regt & 15 Bde (1945)

3rd of June

  • HMAS MELBOURNE/USS FRANK E EVANS collision, 74 lives lost (1969)

4th of June

  • Battle of Midway (1942)
  • 2 Sqn departs South Vietnam. It is awarded the USAF Outstanding Unit Award and the Republic of Vietnam Unit Citation medal for distinguised service (1971)

5th of June

  • First Australian operation in France, 7 Bde (1916)

6th of June

  • Battle of Binh-Ba, South Vietnam, 1 Armd Regt, 3 Cav Regt and 5 RAR (1969)
  • OP Overlord landings at Normandy 200 RAN personnel assigned to various Royal Navy forces (1944)
  • D-Day, invasion of Normandy (1944)

7th of June

  • Battle of Bonis-Porton, Bougainville, PIR 26 & 31/51 Bn (1945)
  • Battle of Messines, Belgium 3rd Div (1917)

8th of June

  • GEN Blamey promoted to FM, the first and only Australian to hold that rank (1950)
  • 7 Div spearheads invasion of Vichy controlled Syria, Middle East (1941)

9th of June

  • Battle of the Litani River, Syria 7 Div (1941)

10th of June

  • Unit/Corps Birthday: 3 MP Coy (1940); 131 LOC Bty (1952)

11th of June

  • HMAS WALLAROO sunk following collision with American liberty ship (1943)
  • Australia declared war on Italy (1940)

12th of June

  • Two 5 AVN Regt Blackhawk helicopters collided at High Range, killing 18 crew and SASR soldiers (1996)

13th of June

  • Battle of Sidon, Syria 7 Div (1941)
  • Battle of Ogorata River, Bougainville, 15 Bde (1945)

14th of June

  • Battle of Jezzine, Syria 7 Div (1941)

15th of June

  • Anniversary of Commissioning: HMAS TARAKAN (1973)

16th of June

  • State of Emergency declared in Malaya (1948)
  • HMAS NESTOR sunk in the Mediterranean (1942)

17th of June

  • RAAF Base Amberley established (1940)

18th of June

  • Australian PoWs released at Panmunjon, Korea (1953)
  • Flt Lt J. Bell and Sgt C. Harris become the RAAF's first fatalities on active service (10 Squadron, England) (1940)

19th of June

  • Battle of Wadi Zieni, Syria, 9 Cav Regt & 2/16 Bn (1941)

20th of June

  • AWAS disbanded (1947)
  • HMAS MATAFELE presumed foundered (1944)

21st of June

  • Damascus fell to allies, Syria, (1941)
  • First cadets (42) inducted into RMC Duntroon (1911)

22nd of June

  • Battle of Dimas, Syria 2/3 Bn (1941)

23rd of June

  • HQ 1 ASLG opened in Vung Tau, South Vietnam (1966)
  • Anniversary of Commissioning: HMAS WOLLONGONG (2007)

24th of June

  • Anniversary of Commissioning: HMAS ARMIDALE (2005)

25th of June

  • North Korean People's Army crossed border into South Korea beginning the Korean War (1950)

26th of June

  • Battle of Mivo River, Bougainville, 15 Bde (1945)
  • Battle of Beaufort, Borneo, 24 Bde (1945)
  • Battle of Cheheim and Rharife, Syria (Lebanon) 2/25 Bn (1941)
  • Anniversary of Commissioning: HMAS BALLARAT (2004)

27th of June

  • RMC officially opened by the Governor-General (1911)

28th of June

  • Test cricketer Don Bradman enlisted in the wartime RAAF (1940)

30th of June

  • Battle of Bobdubi II, PNG, 15 Bde (1943)
  • Battle of Nassau Bay, PNG, PIB & NGVR (1943)
  • HMAS WATERHEN sunk off Tobruk (1941)
  • RAAF Base Richmond formed (1925)
  • RAAF Base Richmond established (1925)
  • First females graduated as pilots in the RAAF (1988)

July

1st of July

  • Anniversary of Commissioning: HMAS HARMAN (1943)
  • Re-formation of 87 Squadron at Edinburgh, SA (2006)
  • 78 Wing reformed, Williamtown, NSW (2000)
  • 84 Wing reformed, Richmond, NSW (1990)
  • 92 Wing formed, Edinburgh SA (1977)
  • 1 SQN formed at Point Cook, VIC (1925)
  • 3 SQN formed at Point Cook, VIC (1925)
  • 10 SQN formed at Point Cook, VIC (1939)
  • 13 SQN reformed at Darwin NT (1989)
  • 26 SQN formed at Williamtown NSW (1981)
  • 27 SQN formed at Townsville QLD (1981)
  • 28 SQN formed at Fairbairn ACT (1983)
  • 32 SQN reformed at East Sale VIC (1989)
  • 33 SQN reformed at Richmond NSW (1983)
  • 34 SQN reformed at Fairbairn ACT (1959)
  • 87 SQN reformed at Edinburgh (2006)
  • 79 SQN reformed at Pearce WA (1998)
  • 278 SQN formed at Williamtown NSW (2003)
  • Joint Electronic Warfare Operational Support Unit formed at Salisbury SA (2002)
  • RAAF Base Forrest Hill (Wagga) established (1940)

2nd of July

  • Battle of Mivo Ford, Bougainville 29 Bde (1945)
  • First RAAF operations of the Korean War (77 Sqn Mustangs) (1950)

4th of July

  • Battle of Hamel, France 4, 6 & 11 Bde (1918)

6th of July

  • HMAS PIONEER bombards the German cruiser KONIGSBERG, Rufigi River, East Africa (1915)

7th of July

  • Anniversary of Commissioning: HMAS CHILDERS (2007)

8th of July

  • 2 & 13 Sqn awarded US Presidential Unit Citation (1943)
  • Battle of Hill 1069, Syria (Lebanon) 2/31 Bn (1941)

9th of July

  • Battle of Calabria, HMAS SYDNEY, HMAS STUART, HMAS VAMPIRE & HMAS VOYAGER (1940)

10th of July

  • Commonwealth Naval Forces granted the title Royal Australian Navy (1911)
  • Anniversary of Commissioning: HMAS WALLER (1999)
  • Operations commence in Borneo (Labuan) (1945)

12th of July

  • Armistice agreed in Syria (1941)
  • Malayan Emergency declared at an end (1960)

13th of July

  • 10 Bde took the town of Merris, France (1918)

14th of July

  • Formation of Royal Navy Helicopter Flight Vietnam (1967)
  • Queen Victoria signed an order creating the first Australian national military unit when the Permanent Artillery Units of some of the Australian colonies were formed into the Royal Australian Artillery (1899)
  • Anniversary of Commissioning: HMAS PENGUIN (1942)

15th of July

  • Anniversary of Commissioning: HMAS ALBANY (2006)

16th of July

  • Battle of Mount Tambu, PNG, 2/5, 5 & 42 Bn (1943)

17th of July

  • HMAS QUIBERON & HMAS QUICKMATCH bombard Japan (1945)

18th of July

  • Attack by 2/28 Bn on Makh Khad Ridge (Alamein) (1942)
  • 86 Wing formed at Schofields NSW (1946)

19th of July

  • HMAS SYDNEY sinks the italian cruiser BARTOLOMEO COLLEONI (1940)
  • Second battle of Fromelles, France, 5 Div (1916)

20th of July

  • Battle of the Marne, France, 4 LH Regt (1918)
  • Battle of Tarnedois, France, 4 LH Regt (1918)

21st of July

  • HMAS PERTH awarded USN Unit Commendation for Service in Vietnam (1969)
  • Battle of Sanyet el Miteriya, North Africa 9 Div Cav, 2/28, 2/32 Bn & 2/2 MG Bn (1942)
  • Anniversary of Commissioning: HMAS DARWIN (1984)
  • Dakota transports commenced operations in Malayan Emergency (1950)

22nd of July

  • Battle of Kokoda Trail, PNG, 39 Bn (1942)

23rd of July

  • 817 Sqn awarded USN Meritorious Unit Commendation for search and rescue operations following the loss of the USS FRANK E EVANS (1970)
  • Battle of Pozieres, France, 1 Div (1916)

24th of July

  • Battle of the Samichon, Korea, 2 RAR (1953)
  • Headquarters Aerospace Operational Support Group formed at Edinburgh SA (2003)

25th of July

  • Battle of Kokoda-Deniki, PNG, 39 Bn (1942)

26th of July

  • Battle of Quattara Track, North Africa, 2/28 Bn (1942)
  • Anniversary of Formation: RAAF Nursing Service (1940)

27th of July

  • Korean War ceasefire agreement signed at Panmunjom, Korea (1953)
  • Anniversary of Commissioning: HMAS COLLINS (1996)
  • RAAF C-130 began evacuation of Australian nationals from Lebanon (2006)

28th of July

  • Anniversary of Commissioning: HMAS STIRLING (1978)
  • 78 Fighter Wing, consisting of Nos 75 & 76 Squadrons, arrives in Malta for three years on garrison duties (1952)

29th of July

  • Govt announced plan to established force of regular troops to defence Darwin - the Darwin Mobile Force (first Australian regular field force) (1938)
  • First RAAF jet combat mission (Korean War) (1951)
  • Anniversary of Commissioning: HMAS PIRIE (2006)

30th of July

  • State of Emergency lifted in Malaya, however Communist terrorists continued to operate for several more years (1960)

31st of July

  • Third Battle of Ypres, Belgium, Aust Corps (1917)

Aug

1st of August

  • 285 SQN formed at Richmond, NSW (1999)
  • Surveillance & Control Training Unit formed, Williamtown NSW (1999)

2nd of August

  • 1 Recruit Training Unit formed, Richmond NSW (1954)

4th of August

  • Great Britain declared war on Germany and as a result Australia was at war (1914)

5th of August

  • New RAAF Base Scherger opened near Weipa, QLD (1988)
  • Cowra Breakout (1944)

6th of August

  • South Australian ship PROTECTOR sails for Boxer Rebellion under the command of CAPT WR Creswell (1900)
  • Battle for Lone Pine, Gallipoli, 1 Bde (1915)
  • Battle for Australia Day
  • Battle of Suoi Chau Pa, South Vietnam, 7 RAR (1976)
  • First atom bomb dropped - Hiroshima (1945)

7th of August

  • Battle of the Nek, Gallipoli, 3 ALH Bde (1915)
  • Op WATCHTOWER, invasion of Guadalcanal HMAS AUSTRALIA, HMAS CANBERRA & HMAS HOBART (1942)

8th of August

  • Battle of Amiens, France, Australian Corps (1918)
  • Battle of Mouquet Farm, France 1, 2 & 4 Div (1916)
  • First RAAF presence in Vietnam - Caribous of RAAF Transport Flight Vietnam (later 35 Sqn) arrive at Vung Tau (1964)

9th of August

  • OP CORACLE mounted with Australian engineers assisting the clearance of mines in Mozambique (1994)
  • Battle of Savo Island, loss of HMAS CANBERRA (1942)
  • Battle of Lihons, France 1, 2 & 5 Div (1918)
  • Second atom bomb dropped - Nagasaki (1945)

10th of August

  • Anniversary of Commissioning: HMAS WEWAK (1973)
  • Recruiting for the AIF began (1914)

11th of August

  • End of Malaysian-Indonesian 'Confrontation' (1966)

12th of August

  • GEN Monash knighted in the field by king George V - the first time this distinction had occurred for nearly 200 years (1918)

13th of August

  • CGS, Sir CBB White and other senior officers killed in aircraft accident near Canberra (1940)
  • Royal prefix added to Australian Air Force title (1921)
  • RAAF Base Point Cook established (1921)

14th of August

  • RAAF Sabre first to break the sound barrier in Australia (1953)

15th of August

  • Victory in the Pacific Day (1945)

16th of August

  • Heavy VC mortaring of ATF Base at Nui Dat resulted in 24 wounded (1966)

17th of August

  • Anniversary of Commissioning: HMAS STUART (2002)
  • Last RAAF Canberra bombing strike of the Malayan Emergency (1959)

18th of August

  • Vietnam Veterans' Day
  • Australian Submarine Sqn established (1967)
  • Battle of Long Tan, South Vietnam, 3 Cav Regt & 6 RAR (1966)
  • 9 Sqn Iroquois helicopters resupply troops during Battle of Long Tan (1966)
  • RAAF pilots begin six months' service during airline pilots' dispute (1989)

19th of August

  • Relief of Australian troops in Tobruk (1941)
  • Australian Naval and Military Expeditionary Force (AN&MEF) sailed for German New Guinea (1914)

20th of August

  • Main body of Australian contingent to UNAMIR II arrived in Kigali (1994)
  • Establishment of Fleet Air Arm (1948)

21st of August

  • Japanese on Ambon surrendered (1945)

24th of August

  • The order from Queen Victoria authorising the formation of the RAA came into effect, nearly 2 1/2 years before Federation (1899)

25th of August

  • Japanese mount amphibious operation against Milne Bay (1942)
  • 75 and 76 Squadrons go into action in the Battle for Milne Bay (Papua New Guinea) (1942)
  • RAAF started flying civil passengers during airline pilots strike (1989)
  • 82 Wing formed Ballarat VIC (1944)
  • First transport crews leave Australia to take part in the Berlin Airlift (1948)

26th of August

  • Anniversary of Commissioning: HMAS NORMAN (2000)
  • Battle of Milne Bay, Papua 7 Bde, 18 Bde, 75 & 76 Sqn (1942)
  • Anniversary of Commissioning: HMAS PERTH (2006)

27th of August

  • First known Australian killed fighting on the Western Front (1914)

28th of August

  • HMAS PERTH awarded USN Meritorious Unit Commendation for service in Vietnam (1970)
  • Anniversary of Formation: 805 Sqn & 816 Sqn (1948)

29th of August

  • HMAS ARUNTA sinks Japanese submarine RO-33 (1942)
  • Anniversary of Commissioning: HMAS KANIMBLA (1994)
  • No 455 Squadron became the first Australian unit to bomb Germany (1941)
  • Battle of Emptsa (1919)

30th of August

  • Battle of Alam el Halfa, North Africa, 9 Div (1942)

31st of August

  • Battle of Mont St Quentin, France, Aust Corps (1918)
  • Anniversary of Commissioning: HMAS ALBATROSS (1948)

Sep

1st of September

  • ANZUS Treaty signed (1951)
  • First Air Force Act received Governor-General's assent (1923)
  • 29 SQN formed, Hobart TAS (2001)

2nd of September

  • GEN Blamey signs the Japanese Instrument of Surrender for Australia aboard USS Missouri (1945)

3rd of September

  • Australia declares itself at war with the Axis Powers (1939)
  • First strike by Canberra jet bombers during Malayan Emergency (1958)

4th of September

  • RAAF Caribou hijacked by armed soldiers fleeing war in Portuguese Timor (1975)

5th of September

  • MINURSO formed to monitor the ceasefire between Western Sahara and Morocco - The Australian Army provided a communications contingent (1991)
  • US General Kenney formed Australian air units into 'RAAF Command' (1942)
  • C-17 Globemaster carried out first aeromedical evacuation mission (2008)

6th of September

  • RAAF in operation to evacuate UN and foreign nationals from East Timor (1999)

8th of September

  • Australia signed the Manila Treaty to form a military alliance with France, US, UK, NZ, Philippines, Pakistan and Thailand; known as SEATO (1954)
  • Battle of Busu River, PNG 23, 24, 28, & 43 Bn (1943)
  • 76 Sqn deployed to Darwin in case of Indonesian attack (1964)

9th of September

  • GEN Blamey accepted surrender of LTGEN Fusataro Teshima, Commander of 11 Japanese Army, at Morotai, ending Australian military operations for WWII (1945)

11th of September

  • Battle of Lae Road, PNG 24, 25, 31, & 33 Bn & 2 PNR Bn (1943)

12th of September

  • Battle of Herbertshohe, New Britain 1 & 2 Bn, AN & MEF (1914)
  • Sinking of the Rakuyo Maru and Kachidoki Maru (1944)

13th of September

  • HMAS WARRNAMBOOL sunk during post war minesweeping operations (1947)

14th of September

  • Federal Government invokes ANZUS Treaty following terrorist attacks in the United States (2001)
  • HMA Submarine AE 1 presumed lost off New Britain (1914)
  • First Australian peacekeepers take up UN duties in Indonesia (1947)

15th of September

  • Govt announced formation of Second AIF of 20 000 men for overseas service (the new Division to be raised was the 6th) (1939)
  • 38 Squadron formed at Richmond, NSW (1939)
  • RAAF contribution to Berlin Airlift (Operation Pelican) begins (1948)
  • RAAF Lincolns flew through atomic test cloud at EMU Field, SA (1953)
  • Battle of Britain Day (1940)

16th of September

  • Troops from 7 & 9 Div capture Lae, PNG (1943)
  • Anniversary of Commissioning: HMAS SIRUS (2006)

17th of September

  • Advance party of 3 RAR arrived in Korea (1950)

18th of September

  • Battle of Epehy (one of the Battles of the Hindenberg Outpost Line) France 1 & 4 Div (1918)

19th of September

  • While heavily outnumbered 2/6 IND Coy captured and held Kaiapit in the Markham Valley in one of the outstanding Australian actions of WWII (1943)
  • Battles of Meggido, Nablus and Sharon, Palestine, Aust Mtd Div, 5 ALH Bde (1918)

20th of September

  • INTERFET landed in East Timor (1999)
  • RAN Task Force arrived off East Timor for operations with INTERFET (1999)
  • Battle of the Merrin Road (part of the Third Battle of Ypres), Belgium 1 & 2 Div (1917)
  • RAAF Hercules deliver advance guard of INTERFET to Dili, Timor (1999)
  • No. 1 Combat Communications Squadron formed, Richmond NSW (1965)

21st of September

  • 11 Squadron formed at Richmond, NSW (1939)

22nd of September

  • Landing at Finschhafen (Scarlet Beach), PNG 20 Bde (1943)
  • Anniversary of Commissioning: CDT1 (2001)
  • Anniversary of Commissioning: HMAS LAUNCESTON (2007)

23rd of September

  • CDT 3 awarded USN Meritorious Unit Commendation for service in Vietnam (1969)
  • Battle of Bumi River, PNG 13 & 15 Bn (1943)

24th of September

  • Completion of the seizure of German New Guinea (1914)

25th of September

  • HMAS VOYAGER wrecked on the coast of Timor (1942)

26th of September

  • Op Jaywick (Z Special Force's attack on Singapore Harbour) sank thousands of tons of Japanese shipping (1943)
  • Battle of Polygon Wood (part of Third Battle of Ypres), Belgium 4 & 5 Div (1917)

27th of September

  • Battle of the Hindenberg Line, France 3 & 5 Div (1918)
  • Anniversary of Commissioning: HMAS BALIKPAPAN (1974)

29th of September

  • Battle of St Quentin Canal, France 3 & 5 Div (1918)
  • Anniversary of Commissioning: HMAS MAITLAND (2006)
  • Transport support provided by RAAF for Bougainville peace talks (1997)

30th of September

  • At the Battle of Bellicourt (part of the Battle of the Hindenburg Line) PTE EA Corey, stretcher bearer with 55 Bn, won a third bar to his Military Medal, thus becoming the only soldier to be awarded the MM four times.

Oct

1st of October

  • Capture of Damascus, Syria, 3 ALH Bde (1918)
  • Establishment of the RAN Hydrographic Service (1920)
  • Headquarters Surveillance & Response Group formed, Williamtown NSW (1998)
  • 325ECSS formed, Richmond NSW (2008)

2nd of October

  • Finschhafen captured, PNG, 20 Bde (1943)
  • RAAF began medivac of victims of second Bali bombing (2005)

3rd of October

  • Battle of Kowang-San, Korea 3 RAR (1951)
  • Battle of Jivenaneng-Kumawa, PNG, 13 & 17 Bn (1943)
  • Battle of Beaurevoir, France, Australian Corps (1918)

4th of October

  • Arrival of the Australian Fleet Unit in Sydney (1913)
  • Anniversary of Commissioning: HMAS PARRAMATTA (2003)

5th of October

  • Battle of Maryang-San, Korea, 3 RAR (1951)
  • Battle of Montbrehain (part of the Battle of the Hindenburg Line), France, 6 Bde (1918)

6th of October

  • Battle of Shaggy Ridge, PNG, 7 Div (1943)

7th of October

  • 2/17 Bn withstood concerted Japanese attempt to drive 9 Div back into the sea at Scarlet Beach, PNG (1943)

8th of October

  • At Arawa, Bougainville, ADF personnel, together with Tongan, Fijian and Vanuatan troops, landed as part of Op Lagoon (1993)
  • Battle of Eora Creek-Templeton's Crossing II, PNG 25 Bde (1942)
  • Anniversary of Commissioning: HMAS TOOWOOMBA (2005)

9th of October

  • Battle of Poelcappelle, Belgium, 2 Div (1917)
  • RAAF Canberra came second in London-Christchurch air race (1953)
  • RAAFs first helicopter test flown at Laverton (1947)

10th of October

  • Treaty of Versailles signed to end WW1 (1919)
  • HMAS Brisbane and Sydney leave for the Persian Gulf to join multinational naval force as part of Operation Desert Shield (1990)

11th of October

  • 2/30 TRG birth date (2007)

12th of October

  • First Battle of Passchendaele, Belgium 3 & 4 Div (1917)
  • Boer War began (1899)

13th of October

  • RAAF C-130s began medivac of victims of the Bali bombing (2002)

14th of October

  • 3 RAR suffered its first casualties of the Korean War (1950)

15th of October

  • 3 Combat Support Hospital formed at Richmond, NSW (1940)

16th of October

  • Royal Australian Navy Helicopter Flight Vietnam integrated with the US Army 135th Assault Helicopter Company in South Vietnam (1967)
  • 'Streamer' awarded tp 10 FSB (Bn parade in Townsville)
  • Defence of Scarlet Beach, PNG, 9 Div (1943)
  • Army banner was paraded and 10th Force Support Battalion (being a unit not entitled to colours or guidons) was presented the 'streamer' to which they are entitled. (2004)

17th of October

  • Prime Ministerial announcement of Australia's commitment to the War of Terrorism, Op SLIPPER (2001)
  • Battle of Sariwon, Korea, 3 RAR (1950)

18th of October

  • HMAS GEELONG sunk following collision with American tanker (1944)
  • Battle of Siki, Cover, PNG, 2/28 Bn & 2/3 PNR Bn (1943)

19th of October

  • 7 Div sailed for the Middle East (1940)

20th of October

  • First Australian troops arrived in Somalia (1992)
  • Battle of Leyte Gulf (20-26 October 1944)
  • New RAAF badge announced as approved for general use (1939)

22nd of October

  • Battle of Yongyu, Korea, 3 RAR (1950)
  • Battle of Goodenough Island, PNG, 12 Bn (1942)

23rd of October

  • Battle of El Alamein, North Africa, 9 Div (1942)
  • Battle of El Alamein begins, with RAAF bomber and fighter squadrons in action (1942)
  • Melbourne Centenary Air Race from London ended at RAAF Base Laverton (1934)
  • Naval battle of Leyte Gulf (1944)

24th of October

  • United Nations Day

25th of October

  • Battle of Chonju, Korea 3 RAR (1950)
  • Battle of Surigao Strait, HMAS SHROPSHIRE & HMAS ARUNTA (1944)

26th of October

  • Op SANTA FE in South Vietnam, 2 & 7 RAR (1967)
  • Second Battle of Passchendaele (1917)

27th of October

  • The term "Australia Army" replaced "Australia Military Forces" (1969)
  • RAAF Officers' Training School awarded the Governor General's Banner (2004)
  • 292 SQN formed, Edinburgh SA (1980)

29th of October

  • Australia troops engaged Indonesian soldiers in combat for the first time in South Malacca (1964)

30th of October

  • The separate service Department of Supply formally amalgamated into the Department of Defence (1973)

31st of October

  • Battle of Beersheba, Aust Mtd Div, ANZAC Mtd Div (1917)

Nov

1st of November

  • 77 Sqn awarded Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation (1951)
  • Battle of Khuweifeh, 8 ALH Bde & ICC, Palestine (1917)
  • 3 Control & Reporting Unit formed, Williamtown, NSW (1967)
  • First convoy of troopships carrying 30,000 soldiers of AIF and NZEF departs King George's Sound, Albany WA (1914)

2nd of November

  • Kokoda recaptured, PNG, 25 Bde (1942)

3rd of November

  • Chief of Air Staff, Sir Richard Williams, reaches Tulagi on epic flight to Solomon Islands (1926)
  • 2 Sqn Canberra bomber is missing in Vietnam, crew presumed dead (1970)

4th of November

  • HMAS BRISBANE & HMAS SYDNEY and CDT3 awarded Meritorious Unit Citations for service in the Gulf War (1991)
  • Battle of Pakchon, Korea 3 RAR (1950)
  • Battle of Oivi-Gorari. PNG, 25 Bde (1942)

7th of November

  • Third Battle of Gaza, Palestine, Aust Mtd Div (1917)

9th of November

  • HMAS SYDNEY destroys German cruiser SMS EMDEN (1914)
  • Four Hornets leave Williamtown for Diego Garcia to join War against Terrorism (2001)

10th of November

  • Govt announced conscription (to be known as National Service) was to be enacted for expansion of the Army (1964)
  • Anniversary of Commissioning: HMAS ARARAT (2006)

11th of November

  • Remembrance Day - The Armistice that came into effect at 1100hrs ended WW1 (1918)

13th of November

  • Battle of El Mughar, Palestine, ALH (1917)

15th of November

  • Anniversary of Commissioning: HMAS ADELAIDE (1980)
  • Airlift began of emergency food supplies for Cambodia (1979)

16th of November

  • Battle for Buna-Gona, PNG 7 Div, 16, 18, 21, 25, & 30 Bde (1942)

17th of November

  • Battle of Sattenlberg, PNG, 9 Div (1943)
  • Battle of Nebi Samwil, Palestine, ALH (1917)
  • First female takes command of a RAAF flying squadron (2006)

18th of November

  • Battle of Tobruk, honour awarded to 2/13 Bn, last remaining Australian unit at Tobruk (1941)

19th of November

  • HMAS SYDNEY destroys German Raider KORMORAN and it is subsequently lost (1941)
  • Attack launched on Gona, PNG (1942)
  • Battle of Sanananda Road, PNG, 16 Bde (1942)
  • HMAS Sydney lost with all hands; on board are six members of 9 Sqn RAAF serving as crew for the ship's Walrus amphibian (1941)
  • No 3 Squadron in the first air combat with Italians in North Africa (1940)

20th of November

  • 396 Combat Support Wing formed Darwin NT (2000)
  • Battle of Leyte Gulf (20-26 October 1944)
  • New RAAF badge announced as approved for general use (1939)

25th of November

  • Battle of Belhamed, honour awarded to 2/13 Bn for actions in last stages of siege of Tobruk (1941)
  • Anniversary of Commissioning: HMAS MANOORA (1994)

26th of November

  • "Battle of Brisbane" between Australian and US Serviceman, Brisbane (1942)

27th of November

  • HMAS PARRAMATTA sunk in the Mediterranean by U559 (1941)
  • HMAS KANIMBLA, HMAS ANZAC and CDT3 awarded Meritorious Unit Citations for service in the Iraq War (2003)
  • 44 Wing reformed, Williamtown NSW (2000)

29th of November

  • Battle of Gusika, PNG, 2/28 Bn (1943)
  • Defence International Training Centre formed Laverton VIC (1982)
  • Action for which FSGT RH Middleton became the first RAAF member to be awarded to VC (1942)

Dec

1st of December

  • Battle of Wareo, PNG, 1 RNSWL, 23 & 24 Bn (1943)
  • HMAS ARMIDALE sunk by Japanese forces (1942)
  • Anniversary of Commissioning: CDT4 (2001)
  • School of Technical Training formed, Wagga NSW (1952)
  • School of Administration & Logistics Training formed, Wagga NSW (2005)
  • Lone Beaufort bomber triumphed over Japanese in epic flight (1942)
  • First Hercules mission in support of Operation Deep Freeze in Antarctica (1978)

2nd of December

  • Battle of Nongoro, PNG, 2/15 Bn (1943)
  • Last C-130 Hercules ' Southern Service' courier took off from Laverton (1992)

3rd of December

  • Battle of Hat Dich, South Vietnam, 1 Armd Regt, 3 Cav Regt & RAR (1968)
  • Battle of Kalueng River, PNG, 2/22 Bn (1943)
  • Battle of Gusika-Fortification Point 1 RNSWL, 22, 29/46 & 37/52 Bn (1943)
  • No 77 Squadron returned home after an eleven-year absence (1954)

4th of December

  • 3 RAR presented with US Presidential Unit Citation for its action at Kapyong (1951)
  • Anniversary of Commissioning: HMAS MERMAID (1989)
  • Beauforts of No 8 Squadron made the RAAFs last torpedo attack (1943)

5th of December

  • Anniversary of Commissioning: HMAS WATERHEN (1962)
  • Five Ju-87s destroyed by 'ace' Clive Caldwell in a single action (1941)

7th of December

  • Siege of Tobruk ended after 242 days (1941)
  • Advance on Jerusalem, Palestine, ALH (1917)
  • Launch of Kangaroo March from Wagga Wagga to Sydney to enlist (1915)

8th of December

  • War declared against Japan (1941)
  • In the first air action of Pacific War, Hudsons of 1 Sqn attack Japanese convoy off Kota Bharu, Malaya (1941)
  • First RAAF flight conducted with all-female crew (2008)

9th of December

  • Battle of Wareo-Lakona, PNG 26 Bde (1943)

10th of December

  • Battle of Amboga River, PNG, 39 Bn (1942)

11th of December

  • Anniversary of Commissioning: HMAS NEWCASTLE (1993)

12th of December

  • Anniversary of Commissioning: HMAS ARUNTA (1998)

14th of December

  • Catalina units conducted their largest and longest minelaying operation (1944)

15th of December

  • Lakona, 12 miles north of Finschhaffen, captured, PNG, 4 Bde (1943)
  • HMAS NESTOR sinks German U-Boat U127 (1941)

17th of December

  • Battle of Matapau, PNG, 2/11 Bn (1944)
  • Empire Air Training Scheme agreement signed (1939)

18th of December

  • Battle of Artillery Hill, Bougainville, 9 Bn (1944)
  • Battle of Cape Endaiadere-Simemi Creek, PNG, 2/6 Armd Regt, 2/9, 2/10 & 2/12 Bn (1942)

19th of December

  • Battle of Adele River, Bougainville, 15 Bn (1944)

20th of December

  • Last Australian troops evacuated from Gallipoli, early morning (1915)

21st of December

  • Battle of Sio, PNG, 20 Bde (1943)
  • Battle of Jaffa, Palestine, ALH (1917)

22nd of December

  • Air Board held its inaugural meeting, even before the Air Force formed (1920)

23rd of December

  • Battle of Maghdaba-Rafah, Palestine (Sinai) ANZAC Mtd Div (1916)

24th of December

  • Cyclone Tracey devastates Darwin, during which HMAS ARROW sinks (1974)
  • Confrontation between Indonesia and Malaysia on Borneo began (1962)

25th of December

  • 37 Sqn Hercules makes first relief flight into Darwin after Cyclone Tracey (1974)

26th of December

  • Battle of Defence of Jerusalem, Palestine, Aust Mtd Div (1917)

28th of December

  • RAAF C-130s began relief effort after Boxing Day tsunami (2004)