Monthly Archives - September 2017

OP Jaywick

26–27 SEP 1943: World War II and Operation Jaywick destroys Japanese shipping. An Australian Special Operations Australia Unit operating from the former fishing vessel, MV Krait, mines Japanese ships in Singapore Harbour. Seven ships were sunk or badly damaged. The Krait is a wooden hulled vessel famous for its use during World War II by the Z Special Unit (Z Force) of Australia during the raid against Japanese ships anchored in Singapore Harbour. The craft usually lies alongside the Australian...

LT John James Dwyer, VC

26 SEP 1917: World War I and Sergeant (later Lieutenant) John James Dwyer, 4th Machine Gun Company, originally from Lovett, Tasmania, earns the Victoria Cross at Zonnebeke, Belgium. Jack Dwyer was born at Lovett (now Cygnet) Tasmania. He enlisted in early 1915 and served on Gallipoli with the 15th Battalion. In 1916 he went to France with the 4th Machine Gun Company. Next year on 26 September 1917, during the battle of Polygon Wood (Zonnebeke, Belgium), Dwyer's Vickers machine-gun...

Loss of HMAS Voyager

25 SEP 1942: World War II and HMAS Voyager is grounded and destroyed at Betano Bay, Timor. Voyager brought the 2/4th Independent Company to Timor to reinforce Australian troops already on the island. The ship came close in shore to land the troops but ran aground. The Australians were left with no option but to destroy it. More than three years previously this bay had been the site of dramatic events that ultimately ended with the scuttling of the ship. Charles...

ANZAC Mounted Division Captures Amman

25 SEP 1918: World War I and the ANZAC Mounted Division captures Amman. The capture of Amman came during the final days of the fighting in Palestine, as British Empire troops routed the Turkish armies and won a series of decisive victories. In September, following months of reorganisation, the training of new troops and formations and the building up of supplies and ammunition, British General Edmund Allenby was ready to launch the final campaign. In great secrecy, the cavalry...

Field Marshal Sir Thomas Albert Blamey, GBE, KCB, CMG, DSO, ED

23 SEP 1942: World War II and General Thomas Blamey is appointed Commander in Chief of Allied land forces in New Guinea. Blamey came into conflict with his commander, the American General MacArthur, who had become Prime Minister Curtin's principal military advisor. The United States forces were kept out of the Australian land commanders hands throughout the war in the Pacific. However, one historian wrote that Blamey's career was marked by "year upon year of wise decisions, stubborn determination...

HMAS Australia In Action

23 SEP 1940: World War II and HMAS Australia begins action against the Vichy French at Dakar, West Africa. On 6 September 1940, HMAS Australia sailed from the UK for Sierra Leone to join the Dakar expeditionary and naval force, which had sailed for Freetown five days beforehand. The large British naval force intended to land some 7000 troops in French West Africa. General Charles de Gaulle, the leader of the Free France movement, accompanied the expedition hoping to...

The First ANZUS Meeting

22 SEP 1952: Post-World War II and today sees the first military ANZUS meeting at Pearl Harbor. ANZUS military representatives begin three day meeting at Pearl Harbor. ANZUS joined the nations of Australia, New Zealand and the United States in a defence security pact for the Pacific region. Representatives of the governments of the three nations signed the agreement in Canberra on 1 September 1951. Australia's involvement in the Korean War arose out of concern for the security of...

Battle of Nui Le, RVN

21 SEP 1971: Viet Nam and the Battle of Nui Le, takes place today. Soldiers of B Company and D Company, 4RAR/NZ, fought an intense battle against a large enemy force from 33 North Vietnamese Army Regiment in the north of Phuoc Tuy province. The enemy defended their well constructed bunker systems and then attacked D Company for several hours. Five Australians were killed in action, and 24 were wounded in this battle, which was part of Operation Ivanhoe....

German New Guinea Surrenders

21 SEP 1914: World War I and German New Guinea surrenders. The former German New Guinea was placed under a military government until 1921, when Australia received a mandate from the League of Nations to govern the country. German New Guinea (German: Deutsch-Neuguinea) was the first part of the German colonial empire. It was a protectorate from 1884 until 1914 when it fell to Australian forces following the outbreak of the First World War. It consisted of the northeastern...

CPL Reginald Inwood, VC

20–21 SEP 1917: World War I and Private (later Corporal) Reginald Roy Inwood, 10th Battalion, originally from North Adelaide, South Australia, earns the Victoria Cross at Polygon Wood, near Ypres. Roy Inwood was Born 14 July 1890 at North Adelaide, the eldest son of Edward Henry Inwood and his wife Mary Anne (Minney). The family later moved to Broken Hill where, after leaving school, he began work in the local mines. Inwood enlisted in the 1st AIF, 10th Infantry...

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