List of Events from August 1941 to April 1943

Events described in this volume are printed in italics


5 Aug

Lieut-General Sir Iven Mackay appointed GOC Home Forces

25 Aug British and Russian troops enter Iran
7 Oct Mr Curtin becomes Prime Minister of Australia
19 Oct State of siege proclaimed in Moscow
7–8 Dec Japanese attack Malaya and Pearl Harbour
1942 23 Jan Japanese capture Rabaul

3 Feb

First Japanese air raid on Port Moresby

14 Feb

Cessation of Civil Government in Papua

19–20 Feb Japanese forces land on Timor
28 Feb–1 Mar Japanese invade Java
8 Mar

Japanese troops enter Rangoon. Japanese forces occupy Lae and Salamaua

9 Mar

Leading brigade of 7th Division AIF arrives Adelaide

17 Mar

General MacArthur arrives in Australia

26 Mar

General Blamey becomes Commander-in-Chief, Australian Military Forces

5 Apr

Japanese carrier-borne aircraft attack Colombo

6 Apr

41st U.S. Division arrives in Australia

18 Apr

GHQ, SWPA established at Melbourne

5–8 May

Battle of the Coral Sea

6 May

Corregidor surrenders

26 May German offensive in Western Desert begins
31 May–1 June Japanese midget submarines attack Sydney Harbour

4–6 June

Battle of Midway Island

7 June Japanese land in Aleutian Islands

21 July

Japanese land Gona area, Papua

7 Aug

Americans land in Solomons

19 Aug Dieppe raid

25–26 Aug

Japanese land at Milne Bay


17 Sept

Japanese drive over Owen Stanleys halted at Imita Ridge

23–24 Oct Battle of El Alamein begins

2 Nov

Kokoda recaptured

7–8 Nov Allied landings in French North Africa
12 Nov British Eighth Army captures Tobruk

12–15 Nov

Naval battle of Guadalcanal

22 Nov Russians announce launching of counter-offensive at Stalingrad

9 Dec

Australians capture Gona

21 Dec British and Indian troops cross Burma frontier and advance in direction of Akyab


2 Jan

Buna Government Station captured

23 Jan

Organised Japanese resistance in Papua ends

29 Jan

British Eighth Army enters Tripoli. Japanese attack Wau airfield

18 Feb 9th Australian Division arrives Fremantle

2–4 Mar

Battle of Bismarck Sea

20–21 Mar Eighth Army moves against Mareth Line

23 Apr

Headquarters 3rd Australian Division established at Bulolo