On this day: Soldiers are Welcomed Home

Adelaide, SA. 14 March 1942. Troops of the 7th Australian Division receive a welcome from the people of the suburbs of Adelaide as they pass through on their way to Adelaide from the doc

From the collection of the Australian War Memorial, Canberra.

This image, dated the 14th of March, 1942, shows a train of soldiers of the 7th Division being welcomed home by women and children in the suburbs of Adelaide, South Australia. They had just disembarked from His Majesty’s Transport Orcades and were returning from fighting in the Middle East.

This division of the Australian Army was formed in February of 1940, as part of the Second Australian Imperial Force in the Second World War.

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On this day: British troops back from Tunisia

This photograph, from the 26th of December, 1942, is of officers from Britain’s 2nd Battalion, Parachute Regiment. They are resting near Beja in Portugal after a drop on Depienne, Tunisia.

The officer’s names are: Captain Stark, Lieutenant Braylet and Major Ashford.

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Officers from the 2nd Battalion, Parachute Regiment resting near Beja after returning from a drop on Depienne. From left to right Captain Stark, Lieutenant Braylet and Major Ashford. 26t

On this day: a Christmas parade during the war

Owen_Guns_Christmas_ParadeChristmas parade 1942 A display of Owen guns, invented and manufactured in Australia, procession Sydney to recognise the contribution war workers making to the

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12th December 1942: Australian designed and manufactured Owen guns make up part of the display in the Christmas parade in the streets of Sydney.

The submachine gun was used by the Australian Army from 1943 until the 1960s.

AWASwithOwengunsAWAS with Owen guns. Members of the Australian Women’s Army Service being instructed in the use of the Owen gun at Belmont in Queensland.

Above is an image of women of the Australian Women’s Army Service training with the guns in Queensland.

On this day: a pub in London

This photograph, taken on the 26th of September, 1942, is of famous London pub The Prospect of Whitby.

Claiming to be London’s oldest riverside public house, a tavern has stood on this site since approximately 1520.

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The Japanese conquest of Burma.

The Japanese invasion and conquest of Burma concluded in May, 1942. The campaign marked the beginning of Japan’s years-long campaign in the South-East Asian region in the Second World War.

In the image below, Japanese troops can be seen lined up at the Burmese border in January, shortly before the invasion began.

IJA_15th_Army_on_border_of_Burma Troops of Japanese Fifteenth Army on the border of Burma The Invasion and Conquest of Burma January 1942

On this day: the Doolittle Raid

The Doolittle Raid, a series of US bomb attacks on Japan, took place on the 18th of April, 1942. Also called the Tokyo Raid, it was seen as retaliation for the Pearl Harbor attack a few months before.

Army_B-25_(Doolittle_Raid)The Doolittle Raid, also known as the Tokyo Raid, on Saturday, April 18, 1942,

On this day: the bombing of Darwin

800px-Darwin_42The explosion of an oil storage tank and clouds of smoke from other oil tanks hit during the first Japanese air raid on Australia's mainland, at Darwin on 19 February 1942.

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The first of Japan’s Second World War attacks on Darwin, Australia occurred on the 19th of February, 1942.

The same fleet that bombed Pearl Harbor bombed the Northern Territory, but considerably more bombs were dropped on Australia than in the US.

Remains_of_the_Darwin_Post_OfficeRemains of the Darwin Post Office after the first Japanese Air Raid. 19 February 1942.

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The attack came in two waves, and hundreds of people – including civilians – were killed. It was the beginning of many Japanese attacks on Australia (there were approximately 100 more attacks), who had been involved in the conflict since the beginning of the war.