Australias Involvement in World War II
On this page, we will explain the reasons for Australias involvement in the war, as well as identifying the places where Australia fought in WWII.
During World War I, Australia had recently become a federated country and was still getting used to being an independant country. We had grown used to the protection of Britain, and had grown dependant of it. When world war 1 came around, we saw it as an opportunity to prove ourselves, as well as protecting and fighting for the country we belong to and came from. After the first World War, we suffered from many casualties and loss of lives from many great men, and we took a while to recover. However countries did see us differently, they saw us as courageous and believed that we had proved ourselves. They realized that we suffered great risk and made sacrifices, and admired the character we developed through doing so. Australia was still recovering from the effects of World War 1 when Britain declared war on the Germans for invading Poland (who they had recently allied with). This was the beginning of World War II. Australia decided to be invovled in the second World War because if Britain was defeated/destoyed, the British empire would also have been defeated/destroyed, and australia would have been left with just a slight grasp of their independance, but its quite likely they would have ended up losing that too.
Australia fought in many places and countries in World War II, mainly in Europe, North Africa, Asia and the pacific amongst the air, sea and the land. Places such as Egypt, Libya, Berlin, Greece, Borneo and Papua New Guinea were the places where the majority of our fighting was done.