2018 marks the 75th Anniversary of those operations and battles of the Battle for Australia which occurred in 1943. In recognition of the significance of 1943 in our nationís history, the Battle for Australia Association of NSW hosted a special event this year on the 16 February. On this date we mark the anniversary of the coining of the phrase "Battle for Australia" by Prime Minister John Curtin following the Fall of Singapore in 1942.
The event was an address by Tim Gellel, Head of the Australian Army History Unit. Prior to taking up this position, Tim was an Australian Regular Army Officer, whose thirty-year career included deployments to Afghanistan and Kuwait in support of Australian Special Operations Task Groups, and postings as the Commanding Officer of the Australian Defence Force School of Languages, and as a Defence Attaché and as a student in Japan. He holds a Master of Arts (International Relations) from Deakin University, and is a graduate of the Australian Defence Force School of Languages (Japanese), the Japan Ground Self-Defence Force Command and General Staff Course, and the Japan National Institute for Defence Studies. Tim has authored several articles, and presented on, Australian and Japanese military history, and is currently completing a manuscript focussed on the Battle of Milne Bay.
You can experience Timís address by viewing the video below.
The event was well attended by the individuals and ex-service organisations that comprise the Battle for Australia Association. Most have served in the Australian Defence Force, many have relatives who fought in the Defence of Australia in World War 2. The Battle for Australia Association was also pleased to host members of Parliament and the Diplomatic Corps. The event was fostered and in part funded by the Australian Department of Veterans' Affairs.