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Why: We are finally finishing "Australia." They just seem so isolated. Zack says, "They had the shit bombed out of them."
Answer: On Sept. 3, 1939, Australia declared war on Germany and entered the war to aid its Allies in the UK.
- In 1940 and 41, Australian troops saw action in the Middle East and North Africa. In Jan. 1941, troops helped capture Bardia and Tobruk in Libya.
- On Dec. 8, 1941 - after the bombing of Pearl Harbor - Australia declared war on Japan.
- The Japanese offensive in New Guinea was the most direct threat to Australia. Fortunately, Americans staved off a naval attack on Australia in May 1942 at the Battle of the Coral Sea.
- The Japanese Army then attempted to reach a Port Morseby, New Guinea, by land. This led to the bloody battles at Gona and Buna. Nearly 10,000 people were killed.
The More You Know: By the end of the war, Australia had lost about 30,000 men and women.