Battles World War II Battles Involving the Australia

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List of Australia battles in the World War II, listed alphabetically with photos, images, and maps when possible. Every major battle, skirmish, or conflict in World War II involving the Australia is included here, along with information like exactly where the battle took place. If you want to learn even more about these World War II battles that involved World War II you can click on the names of the battles for more information.

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Aitape–Wewak campaign is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list World War II Battles Involving the Australia
Sepik River - The Aitape–Wewak campaign was one of the final campaigns of the Pacific Theatre of World War II. Between November 1944 and the end of the war in August 1945, the Australian 6th Division, with ...more

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Anglo-Iraqi War is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list World War II Battles Involving the Australia
Iraq - The Anglo–Iraqi War was the British campaign against the rebel government of Rashid Ali in the Kingdom of Iraq during the Second World War. Operations lasted from 2 to 31 May 1941. The campaign ...more

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Battle between HMAS Sydney and... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list World War II Battles Involving the Australia
Steep Point - The battle between the Australian light cruiser HMAS Sydney and the German auxiliary cruiser Kormoran was a single ship action that occurred on 19 November 1941, off the coast of Western ...more

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Battle of Ambon is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list World War II Battles Involving the Australia
Maluku Islands, Indonesia - The Battle of Ambon occurred on the island of Ambon in the Dutch East Indies, during World War II. A Japanese invasion was resisted by Dutch and Australian forces. The chaotic and sometimes ...more

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Battle of Arawe is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list World War II Battles Involving the Australia
New Britain, Papua New Guinea - The Battle of Arawe was fought between Allied and Japanese forces during the New Britain Campaign of World War II. The battle formed part of the Allied Operation Cartwheel, and had the objective ...more

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Battle of Buna–Gona is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list World War II Battles Involving the Australia
Gona, Papua New Guinea - The Battle of Buna–Gona was part of the New Guinea campaign in the Pacific Theatre during World War II. It followed from the conclusion of the Kokoda Track campaign and lasted from 16 November ...more

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Battle of Calabria is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list World War II Battles Involving the Australia
Mediterranean Sea - The Battle of Calabria, was a naval battle during the Battle of the Mediterranean in World War II. It was fought between the Italian Royal Navy and the British Royal Navy and the Royal ...more

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Battle of Cape Matapan is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list World War II Battles Involving the Australia
Mediterranean Sea - The Battle of Cape Matapan was a Second World War naval engagement fought from 27–29 March 1941. The cape is on the southwest coast of Greece's Peloponnesian peninsula. Acting on intercepted ...more

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Battle of Cape Spada is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list World War II Battles Involving the Australia
Crete, Greece - The Battle of Cape Spada was a naval battle during the Battle of the Mediterranean in Second World War. It took place on 19 July 1940 in the Mediterranean Sea off Cape Spada, the north-western ...more

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Battle of Crete is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list World War II Battles Involving the Australia
Crete, Greece - The Battle of Crete was a battle fought during World War II on the Greek island of Crete. It began on the morning of 20 May 1941, when Nazi Germany launched an airborne invasion of Crete under ...more

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Battle of Dakar is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list World War II Battles Involving the Australia
French West Africa - The Battle of Dakar, also known as Operation Menace, was an unsuccessful attempt in September 1940 by the Allies to capture the strategic port of Dakar in French West Africa. It was hoped that ...more

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Battle of Greece is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list World War II Battles Involving the Australia
Greece - The Battle of Greece is the common name for the invasion of Greece by Germany in April 1941. It is concomitant to the stalled Italian invasion known as the Greco-Italian War. It is usually ...more

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Battle of the Hongorai River is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list World War II Battles Involving the Australia
Bougainville Island, Solomon Islands - The Battle of the Hongorai River took place during the Second World War and involved Australian, New Zealand and Japanese forces. Part of the wider Bougainville Campaign of the Pacific theatre, ...more

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Battle of Kaiapit is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list World War II Battles Involving the Australia
Territory of New Guinea - The Battle of Kaiapit was an action fought in 1943 between Australian and Japanese forces in New Guinea during the Finisterre Range campaign of World War II. Following the landings at Nadzab and ...more

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Malayan Campaign is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list World War II Battles Involving the Australia
British Malaya - The Malayan Campaign was a campaign fought by Allied and Axis forces in Malaya, from 8 December 1941 – 31 January 1942 during the Second World War. The campaign was dominated by land battles ...more

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Battle of Milne Bay is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list World War II Battles Involving the Australia
New Guinea - The Battle of Milne Bay, also known as Operation RE by the Japanese, was a battle of the Pacific campaign of World War II. Elite Japanese naval troops, known as Kaigun Rikusentai, with tank ...more

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Battle of Palembang is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list World War II Battles Involving the Australia
Palembang, Indonesia - The Battle of Palembang was a battle of the Pacific theatre of World War II. It occurred near Palembang, on Sumatra, on 13–15 February 1942. The Royal Dutch Shell oil refineries at nearby Pladju ...more

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Battle of Pearl Ridge is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list World War II Battles Involving the Australia
Bougainville Island, Solomon Islands - The Battle of Pearl Ridge was a battle of the Second World War fought between Australian and Japanese forces on Bougainville Island. Part of the wider Bougainville Campaign, the battle took ...more

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Battle of Port Moresby is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list World War II Battles Involving the Australia
Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea - The Battle of Port Moresby was an aerial battle fought between the Royal Australian Air Force and United States Army Air Force on one side and the Imperial Japanese Army and Imperial Japanese ...more

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Battle of Porton Plantation is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list World War II Battles Involving the Australia
Bougainville Island, Solomon Islands - The Battle of Porton Plantation took place at Porton Plantation, near the village of Soraken on Bougainville Island, in the Solomon Islands archipelago during World War II. Involving forces from ...more

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Battle of Ratsua is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list World War II Battles Involving the Australia
Bougainville Island, Solomon Islands - The Battle of Ratsua occurred during the Second World War and involved Australian and Japanese forces. Part of the wider Bougainville Campaign of the Pacific theatre, the battle took place in ...more

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Battle of Savo Island is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list World War II Battles Involving the Australia
Savo Island - The Battle of Savo Island, also known as the First Battle of Savo Island and, in Japanese sources, as the First Battle of the Solomon Sea, and colloquially among Allied Guadalcanal veterans as ...more

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Battle of Singapore is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list World War II Battles Involving the Australia
Straits Settlements, Singapore - The Battle of Singapore, also known as the Fall of Singapore, was fought in the South-East Asian theatre of the Second World War when the Empire of Japan invaded the Allied stronghold of ...more

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Battle of Skerki Bank is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list World War II Battles Involving the Australia
Skerki Banks - The Battle of Skerki Bank was a World War II naval battle which took place near Skerki Bank in the Mediterranean Sea on the early hours of 2 December 1942 between British and Italian forces, as ...more

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Battle of Slater's Knoll is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list World War II Battles Involving the Australia
Bougainville Island, Solomon Islands - The Battle of Slater's Knoll was a battle during the Second World War fought between Australian and Japanese forces on Bougainville Island. Part of the Bougainville campaign, the battle occurred ...more

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Battle of the Bismarck Sea is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list World War II Battles Involving the Australia
Bismarck Sea - The Battle of the Bismarck Sea took place in the South West Pacific Area during World War II when aircraft of the U.S. Fifth Air Force and the Royal Australian Air Force attacked a Japanese ...more

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Battle of the Eastern Solomons is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list World War II Battles Involving the Australia
Santa Isabel Island, Solomon Islands - The naval Battle of the Eastern Solomons took place on 24–25 August 1942, and was the third carrier battle of the Pacific campaign of World War II and the second major engagement fought between ...more

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Battle of the Espero Convoy is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list World War II Battles Involving the Australia
Mediterranean Sea - The Battle of the Espero Convoy was the first Second World War surface engagement between Italian and Allied warships. It took place southwest of Crete on 28 June 1940, after a force of seven ...more

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Battle of the Mediterranean is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list World War II Battles Involving the Australia
Mediterranean Sea - The Battle of the Mediterranean was the name given to the naval campaign fought in the Mediterranean Sea during World War II, from 10 June 1940 to 2 May 1945. For the most part, the campaign was ...more

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Battle of the Strait of Otrant... is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list World War II Battles Involving the Australia
Battle of the Strait of Otranto Adriatic Sea - The Battle of the Strait of Otranto was a minor naval action during the Battle of the Mediterranean in World War II. It took place in the Strait of Otranto in the Adriatic Sea, between Italy and ...more

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Battle of Thermopylae is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list World War II Battles Involving the Australia
Thermopylae, Greece - The Battle of Thermopylae as part of the German invasion of Greece during World War II occurred in 1941 following the retreat from the Olympus and Servia passes. British Commonwealth forces ...more

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Battle of Timor is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list World War II Battles Involving the Australia
Portuguese Timor, Malaysia - The Battle of Timor occurred in Portuguese Timor and Dutch Timor during the Second World War. Japanese forces invaded the island on 20 February 1942 and were resisted by a small, under-equipped ...more

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Battle of Tsimba Ridge is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list World War II Battles Involving the Australia
Bougainville Island, Solomon Islands - The Battle of Tsimba Ridge was a battle of the Second World War involving Australian and Japanese forces. Part of the wider Bougainville Campaign of the Pacific theatre, the battle occurred in ...more

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Battle of Vevi is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list World War II Battles Involving the Australia
Vevi, Greece - The Battle of Vevi, in Greece, also known as the Battle of the Klidi Pass, was part of the Greek campaign of World War II. It took place on 11–12 April 1941, north of the town of Amyntaion, ...more

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Battle of Wide Bay is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list World War II Battles Involving the Australia
New Britain, Papua New Guinea - The Battle of Wide Bay was a battle during the New Britain Campaign of the Second World War. It involved the landing of Australian Army troops at Wide Bay on 10 March 1945, with the objective of ...more

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Convoy GP55 is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list World War II Battles Involving the Australia
Convoy GP55 was a convoy of Allied ships that travelled from Sydney to Brisbane in June 1943 during World War II. It comprised ten cargo ships, three landing ships, tank and an escort of five ...more

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Finisterre Range campaign is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list World War II Battles Involving the Australia
Finisterre Range, Papua New Guinea - The Finisterre Range campaign, also known as the Ramu Valley–Finisterre Range campaign, was a series of actions in the New Guinea campaign of World War II. Several actions in the campaign are ...more

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First Battle of El Alamein is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list World War II Battles Involving the Australia
El Alamein, Egypt - The First Battle of El Alamein was a battle of the Western Desert Campaign of the Second World War, fought on the northern coast of Egypt between Axis forces of the Panzer Army Africa commanded ...more

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First Battle of Sirte is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list World War II Battles Involving the Australia
Mediterranean Sea - The First Battle of Sirte was fought between the British Royal Navy and the Regia Marina during the Mediterranean campaign of the Second World War. The engagement took place on 17 December 1941, ...more

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Huon Peninsula campaign is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list World War II Battles Involving the Australia
Huon Peninsula, Papua New Guinea - The Huon Peninsula campaign was a series of battles fought in north-eastern Papua New Guinea in 1943–1944 during the Second World War. The campaign formed the initial part of an offensive that ...more

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Indian Ocean raid is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list World War II Battles Involving the Australia
Indian Ocean - The Indian Ocean raid was a naval sortie by the fast carrier strike force of the Imperial Japanese Navy from 31 March – 10 April 1942 against Allied shipping and bases in the Indian Ocean. It ...more

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Middle East Theatre of World W... is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list World War II Battles Involving the Australia
North Africa - The Middle East Theatre of World War II is defined largely by reference to the British Middle East Command, which controlled Allied forces in both Southwest Asia and eastern North Africa. From ...more

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New Georgia Campaign is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list World War II Battles Involving the Australia
New Georgia, Solomon Islands - The New Georgia Campaign was a series of battles of the Pacific campaign of World War II. It was part of Operation Cartwheel, the Allied grand strategy in the South Pacific. The campaign took ...more

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North African Campaign is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list World War II Battles Involving the Australia
Italian Libya - During the Second World War, the North African Campaign took place in North Africa from 10 June 1940 to 13 May 1943. It included campaigns fought in the Libyan and Egyptian deserts and in ...more

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Operation Abstention is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list World War II Battles Involving the Australia
Aegean Sea - Operation Abstention was a code name given to the British invasion of the Italian island of Kastelorizo, off Greece, during the Second World War, in late February 1941. The goal was to establish ...more

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Operation Compass is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list World War II Battles Involving the Australia
Matrouh Governorate, Egypt - Operation Compass was the first big Allied military operation of the Western Desert Campaign during World War II. British and other Commonwealth forces attacked Italian forces in western Egypt ...more

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Operation Rimau is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list World War II Battles Involving the Australia
Operation Rimau Singapore - Operation Rimau was an attack on Japanese shipping in Singapore Harbour, carried out by an Allied commando unit Z Special Unit, during World War II using Australian built MKIII folboats. It was ...more

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Operation Sea Lion is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list World War II Battles Involving the Australia
Dorset, United Kingdom - Operation Sea Lion was Nazi Germany's plan to invade the United Kingdom during the Second World War, following the Fall of France. For any likelihood of success the operation required both air ...more

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Operation Tiderace is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list World War II Battles Involving the Australia
Operation Tiderace British Malaya - Operation Tiderace was the codename of the British plan to retake Singapore in 1945. The liberation force was led by Lord Louis Mountbatten, Supreme Allied Commander of South East Asia Command. ...more

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Operation Vigorous is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list World War II Battles Involving the Australia
Mediterranean Sea - Operation Vigorous was a Second World War Allied operation to deliver a supply convoy that sailed from Haifa and Port Said on 12 June 1942 to Malta. The convoy encountered heavy Axis air and sea ...more