at Townsville, Townsville, 4810 Australia
Discover Townsville’s Military History. Educational . Interesting . Inspiring
What to expect: Learn about Townsville's Military history dating back to the Boer War through to operations in Afghanistan. Townsville's (NQ) Military history is extensive; the tour is designed to be educational, interesting and inspiring. Some of the RAAF most famous fighter Squadrons of WW2 were raised in Townsville and their exploits were incredible. But you won't just hear stories about the units or the battles they fought in most importantly you will be told the history of the people behind the battles who they were and why they should be honoured for the extraordinary good men they were.
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11 November 1918 - Germany signs armistice Germany signs an armistice ending the fighting on the Western Front. The First World War ended at the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. 11 November 1941 - Opening of the Australian War Memorial By the time a memorial to the dead of the First World War was ready to open, Australia had been involved in the Second World War for over two years. 12 November 1940 - HMAS Sydney [II] in action at Strait of Otranto HMAS Sydney in action at the Strait of Otranto in a diversion for the British attack on Taranto. The Australian cruiser became the most celebrated ship in the RAN after its performance in the Mediterranean against the Italian navy in 1940. 12 November 1943 - Last Japanese air raid on Darwin This, the 64th raid since February 1942, was the last air raid made on Australia during the war. 13 November 1965 - Warrant Officer K. Wheatley, VC Warrant Officer Class 2 Kevin "Dasher" Wheatley, Australian Army Training Team Vietnam, is awarded the first Victoria Cross of the Vietnam War posthumously in the Tra Bong Valley, Quang Ngai province. 14 November 1917 - End of third battle of Ypres, Western Front Australian troops had been involved in the third battle of Ypres for three and a half months and suffered heavy losses at such places as Menin Road, Glencorse Wood, Polygon Wood, Broodseinde Ridge and Passchendaele. 15 November 1944 - Australian Government approves sending of Australian Women's Army Service members overseas Australian Women's Army Service went to Lae, New Guinea, and served in the forward area for the first time. Members of the Australian Army Nursing Service and the Australian Army Medical Women's Service were already serving in New Guinea.
On this day ...................... 1 June 1918 - RAN aircraft first used in combat First use of aircraft in combat by ships of the Royal Australian Navy in the Heligoland Bight. Aircraft were launched from HMAS Sydney and Melbourne to intercept two German aircraft. 1 June 1941 - Evacuation from Crete completed Over 16,000 troops were successfully evacuated from the island over four successive nights. 2 June 1967 - 2nd Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment, arrives in Vietnam By 1967 Australia's commitment to the war in Vietnam was increasing as the Australian Task Force expanded its control over areas of Phuc Tuy Province. 3–6 June 1942 - Battle of Midway. The battle of Midway was the first decisive defeat inflicted on Japan by the United States in the Second World War. The battle shifted the balance of sea power in the Pacific towards the Allies and forced Japan to abandon plans for advances on New Caledonia, Fiji and Samoa and delayed their offensive in New Guinea. 3 June 1944 - Last major air combat by RAAF in the Second World War South of Biak Isand 15 P-40Ns from No. 78 Squadron attacked 15 Japanese aircraft (12 fighters and three dive-bombers) and succeeded in shooting down seven fighters and all of the dive-bombers for the loss of one P-40 and pilot. 5 June 1941 - Cyprus reinforced by Australian troops After their heavy losses during the invasion of Crete German plans to launch a similar attack against Cyprus were abandoned. 6 June 1944 - D-Day Allies land in Normandy, opening up a third front against Germany and beginning an eastward drive across northern Europe that ended with Germany's surrender in May 1945. 6 June 1969 - Battle of Binh Ba, South Vietnam Binh Ba, located 6 kilometres north of the Australian base at Nui Dat was the site of a battle between an Australian Ready Reaction Force and a combined force of Viet Cong guerrillas and North Vietnamese Army troops who had occupied the village. The enemy were driven off after more than a day's fighting.
This coming Friday I will doing a Media Release at 10.30am at the Palmetum. Watch your local news and print media on Friday and Saturday.