Australia's Pacific War: A Bang or a Whimper?

Much is heard of Kokoda and there is a vague understanding in the general public about action in “The islands” in the war against Japan from 1941 to 1945. But what did Australia actually do in that war? Why weren’t our troops fighting side by side with the Americans in the advance on Japan? This course looks at the role Australian armed forces played in those years in the South West Pacific theatre.


The South West pacific theatre of war under the supreme allied commander, US General Douglas MacArthur saw Australian forces fighting in Papua new guinea and surrounding islands. This course looks at this action but places it into the context of the whole campaign. It also looks at non-combatant soldiers and what their experience was like in these years


PLANNED LEARNING OUTCOMES
By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Understand the overall thrust and chronology of the South West Pacific campaign.
  2. Be familiar with Australia’s role and the experience of Australian men and women in uniform in this period.
  3. Be able to understand the difference between public myth and the reality of their experience.
$75 Limited / $68

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09 Nov

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