List of wars involving Australia

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This is a chronological list of wars involving [Australia] since federation in 1901.

Dates indicate the years in which Australia was involved in the war.

List[edit]

Conflict Combatant 1 Combatant 2 Result for Australia and/or its Allies Australian losses
(Killed or missing)
ADF
forces
Civilians
Second Boer War
(1899–1902)
 United Kingdom
 Canada
 Australia
 New Zealand
 Orange Free State
 South African Republic
Victory
561[1]
None
Boxer Rebellion
(1900–1901)
 Japan
 Russia
 United Kingdom
 Australia
France France
 United States
 Germany
 Austria-Hungary
 Italy
Yihetuan
 Qing China
Victory
  • Rebellion suppressed
  • Signing of the Boxer Protocol
  • Provisions for foreign troops stationed in Beijing
6[2]
None
World War I
(1914–1918)
 France
 United Kingdom
 Australia
 Canada
 New Zealand
 South Africa
 Russian Empire
 Italy
 United States
 Serbia
 Japan
 Belgium
 Greece
 Romania
 Portugal
 Brazil
 Siam
Flag of Hejaz 1917.svg Hejaz
 Germany
 Austria-Hungary
 Ottoman Empire
 Bulgaria
Victory
59,330[3]
–62,081[4]
Unknown
Russian Civil War
(1918–1919)
Russia White Movement
United Kingdom United Kingdom
 Canada
 Australia
 Japan
 Czechoslovakia
 Greece
 Poland
 United States
France France
 Romania
 Serbia
 Italy
Republic of China (1912–49) China
 Russian SFSR Defeat
  • Allied withdrawal from Russia
  • Defeat of the White Movement
10
None
World War II
(1939–1945)
 Soviet Union
 United States
 United Kingdom
 Australia
 Canada
 New Zealand
 South Africa
 China
 France
 Poland
 Yugoslavia
 Greece
 Denmark
 Norway
 Netherlands
 Belgium
 Luxembourg
 Czechoslovakia
Ethiopian Empire Ethiopia
 Brazil
 Mexico
 Colombia
Cuba
Philippines
Mongolia
 Germany
 Japan
 Italy
 Romania
 Hungary
 Bulgaria
Slovakia
 Croatia
Thailand
 Iraq
State Flag of Iran (1964-1980).svg Iran
Victory
39,700[5]
700[6]
Malayan Emergency
(1948–1960)
 United Kingdom
 Malaya
 Australia
 New Zealand
MNLA Victory
  • Communist retreat from Malaya, Chin Peng exiled.
51
None
Korean War
(1950–1953)
 South Korea
 United States
 United Kingdom
 Canada
 Turkey
 Australia
Ethiopian Empire Ethiopia
 Philippines
 New Zealand
 Thailand
Hellenic Kingdom Flag 1935.svg Greece
 France
 Colombia
 Belgium
 South Africa
 Netherlands
 Luxembourg
 North Korea
 China
Stalemate
382[7]
None
Borneo Confrontation
(1963–1966)
 Malaysia
 United Kingdom
 Australia
 New Zealand
 Indonesia Victory
  • Indonesia accepts the formation of Malaysia.
16
None
Vietnam War
(1965–1973)
Flag of South Vietnam.svg South Vietnam
Flag of the United States (Pantone).svg United States
 South Korea
 Thailand
 Australia
 New Zealand
 Philippines
Flag of Laos (1952-1975).svg Laos
Cambodia Khmer Republic
Vietnam North Vietnam
Viet Cong Viet Cong
Flag of Democratic Kampuchea.svg Khmer Rouge
Laos Pathet Lao
Defeat
500[8]
None
Gulf War
(1990–1991)
 Kuwait
United States
 United Kingdom
 Saudi Arabia
 France
 Canada
 Egypt
 Syria
 Oman
 Pakistan
 UAE
 Qatar
 Australia
Others
Iraq Victory
None
None
War in Afghanistan
(2001–2014)
Afghanistan Northern Alliance (2001)
 Afghanistan (from 2001)
ISAF
Afghanistan Islamic Emirate (2001)
Afghanistan Taliban (from 2001)
Al-Qaeda
Victory
41[9]
None
Iraq War
(2003–2009)
 Iraq (from 2004)
Iraqi Kurdistan
MNF–I
Iraq Iraq (2003)
Iraq SCJL
Iraq Naqshbandi Army
al-Qaeda Iraq Free Iraqi Army
Flag of Ansar al-Islam.svg Ansar al-Islam
Islamic Army of Iraq (emblem).png IAI
Mahdi Army
Special Groups
Badr Brigades
Kata'ib Hezbollah
Victory
3[10]
None
Operation Astute
(2006–2013)
 Australia
 New Zealand
 Malaysia
 Portugal
 East Timor
East Timor Military rebels Victory
  • Stabilisation of East Timor.
None
None
War on ISIL
(2014–)
 Iraq
 Iraqi Kurdistan
Free Syrian Army
Flag of Rojava.svg Rojava
Seal of Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve.svg CJTF–OIR
Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant Islamic State
al-Qaeda
Ongoing
  • Airstrikes on ISIL and al-Qaeda positions in Iraq, Syria, Libya, Nigeria, and Afghanistan.
None
None

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Australian War Memorial (2008). "Australia and the Boer War, 1899–1902". Australian War Memorial. Retrieved 10 May 2008. 
  2. ^ "China (Boxer Rebellion), 1900–01". Australian War Memorial. Australian Government. Retrieved 22 January 2013. 
  3. ^ Statistics of the Military Effort of the British Empire During the Great War 1914–1920, The War Office(1922), P.237 Archived 2012-07-30 at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ Commonwealth War Graves Commission Annual Report 2013-2014 Archived 2015-11-04 at the Wayback Machine., page 48. Figures include identified burials and those commemorated by name on memorials.
  5. ^ "Deaths as a result of service with Australian units (AWM) web page". AWM. Retrieved 2011-06-15. 
  6. ^ "Australian Military Statistics World War II - A Global Perspective". AWM. Archived from the original on May 27, 2010. Retrieved 2011-06-15. 
  7. ^ Australian War Memorial Korea MIA Retrieved 17 March 2012
  8. ^ "Australian casualties in the Vietnam War, 1962–72 | Australian War Memorial". Awm.gov.au. Retrieved 29 June 2013. 
  9. ^ "Australian soldier dead in Afghanistan named as lance corporal Todd Chidgey". the Guardian. Retrieved 6 February 2015. 
  10. ^ "Timeline: Australians killed in Iraq". The Australian. 15 July 2007. Retrieved 2008-12-21.