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Australia entered WW2 because it still had strong ties with Britain, as it was regarded as a British Nation. Because Britain entered the war, and due to our. Australia–United Kingdom relations, also referred to as Anglo–Australian relations, are the relations between the commonwealth realms of Australia and the. Not long after Federation, it became clear that British and Australian interests did not Nevertheless, when WWII broke out in , then Prime Minister Menzies.
During World War Onethis had caused major political troubles. However, in World War Twoa compromise was reached.
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Parliament voted in November for conscription, but conscripts could only serve in Australia itself and neighbouring islands. Britain requested military assistance from Australia within a week of declaring war on Germany.
However, the army was short of both equipment and manpower. The man appointed to command it was Major-General Blamey. He was a man with a direct way of dealing with people and he took badly any criticism of his style of leadership. Blamey had his supporters in the army, but there were also many who had not supported his appointment.
In Novemberthe government announced that the 6th Division would be sent overseas when their training had reached a certain standard of proficiency.
Training abroad in terrain more European or North African would follow so that the 6th Division would hone their skills in a similar environment to one they would be fighting in. When Britain announced that they were concerned for the safety of the Suez Canal, it seemed logical that the 6th Division should be sent to Egypt to act as a deterrent to Italy. From Egypt, they could transfer to France it required.
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The first troops left for what was then Palestine in January and over the next few months more brigades from the 6th Division followed. The rapid collapse of France in the spring of ensured that the 6th Division would not be transferring to Europe.
The European situation also led to the Australian government forming three new divisions the 7th, 8th and 9th Divisions. Many in Australia simply assumed that the Australians would soon be involved in fighting major battles.
After the Dunkirk evacuation, the Australian government started to re-focus on Australia itself. Many politicians rightly believed that the Axis victory in Europe would stimulate further Japanese aggression in the Far East and that Australia itself might be threatened. With so many of its army abroad, many felt that this would also stimulate Japanese aggression.
It was hoped that such a gesture would make it clear to the Japanese that any action by them would be met with an aggressive reaction.
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No such naval force was sent to Singapore. Another idea to stop Japanese aggression was to greatly increase the military power the Australians had in Malaya. This would require troops from the 6th Division to be removed from the Middle East and sent to the Far East.
However, at this time, Italy was expanding aggressively in the Mediterranean region and all the men from the 6th Division were needed where they were based. In Augustthe Australian government received an assurance from Winston Churchill that any threat to Australia or New Zealand would result in the Mediterranean Fleet being sent to the Far East immediately. They met in Singapore.
They all agreed that the defence of Malaya was vital if any Japanese aggression was to be halted. The Australians wanted the Indian Army to take the responsibility for defending Malaya while the Australians would provide a naval force for the region. It became obvious to many that Singapore had the potential to be an Achilles heel for the Allies.
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It would be an obvious target for the Japanese but its power had been built around the navy and not land and air defences. In lateits vulnerability to a land attack was a major fear for many, even if few thought that the Japanese could come down the Malayan Peninsula.
In Decemberan Australian brigade was sent to Malaya. The plan was that an Indian brigade should replace it in May They also fought in the Greek campaign and their stand at Thermopylae allowed a relatively successful Allied evacuation to take place. The Australian 7th Division successfully occupied Vichy Syria.
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English is the de facto language of both nations. Both legal systems are based on the common law. Pom is a common nickname given by Australians to British people, said in jest without malice or prejudice, in a similar way to how British and other people call Australians Aussies, and refer to Australia as "Oz" or "down under" a reference to the fact that Australia is notable for being entirely in the southern hemisphere.
Ten Pound Poms and Australians in the United Kingdom Streams of migration from the British Isles to Australia played a key role in Australia's development, and the people of Australia are still predominantly of British or Irish origin.
According to the Australian Census, around 1. There is a population of aroundAustralians in Britainespecially in Greater London. They also collaborate in ad-hoc groupings like Combined Task Force to counter piracy off Somalia, and the search for Malaysia Airlines Flight in Australia shared the British honours system untiland so four Australians were awarded the Victoria Cross in the Vietnam War despite Britain not participating.
Australia created its own VC inmade from the same block of metal as the British ones. Diplomacy[ edit ] The contemporary political relationship between London and Canberra is underpinned by a robust bilateral dialogue at head-of-government, ministerial and senior officials level. As Commonwealth realmsthe two countries share a monarch, Queen Elizabeth IIand are both active members within the Commonwealth of Nations.