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