List of wars involving Australia

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This is a list of wars involving the Commonwealth of Australia. 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
606[1]
None[1]
Boxer Rebellion
(1900–1901)
 British Empire

 Japan
Russia Russia
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[2]
World War I
(1914–1918)
 France
 British Empire

 Russia
 United States
 Italy
 Serbia
 Montenegro
 Belgium
 Japan
 China
 Romania
 Portugal
 Brazil
Hejaz
 Greece
Armenia Armenia
Saudi Arabia Nejd and Hasa
Thailand Siam

 Germany
 Austria-Hungary
 Ottoman Empire
 Bulgaria
Victory
60,000+[3]
None[3]
Russian Civil War
(1918–1920)
Russia White Movement
 France
 United Kingdom
 United States
 China
 Italy
 Japan
 Canada
 Australia
 India
 South Africa
 Serbia
 Romania
 Greece
 Czechoslovakia
 Poland
 Estonia
 Russian SFSR
 Far Eastern Republic
Latvian SSR
Ukrainian SSR
Commune of Estonia
Mongolian Communists
Defeat
  • Allied withdrawal from Russia
  • Bolshevik victory over White Army
  • The Soviet Union becomes the new Russian power
Unknown Unknown
Armenian–Azerbaijani War
(1918–1920)
Armenia FR Armenia
Armenia RM Armenia
 British Empire

Centrocaspian Dictatorship

Azerbaijan Azerbaijan
 Ottoman Empire
 Russian SFSR
Turkey Turkish Revolutionaries
Azerbaijan SSR
Defeat
  • Sovietization of Armenia and Azerbaijan
  • Disputes over Karabakh and Nakhichevan settled in favor of Soviet Azerbaijan
  • Zangezur gained by Soviet Armenia
Unknown Unknown
World War II
(1939–1945)
 Soviet Union
 United States
 United Kingdom
 China
France France
Poland Poland
 Yugoslavia
 Greece
 Netherlands
 Belgium
 Luxembourg
 Denmark
 Norway
 Czechoslovakia
 Canada
 Australia
 New Zealand
 India
 South Africa
Philippines
Ethiopian Empire Ethiopia
Brazil Brazil
 Mexico
Mongolian People's Republic Mongolia
 Germany
 Japan
 Italy
 Hungary
 Romania
 Bulgaria
 Slovakia
 Croatia
 Finland
 Iraq
 Thailand
Victory
39,366[4]
735[4]
Indonesian National Revolution
(1945-1949)
 Netherlands

 United Kingdom

 Australia
 Japan

Indonesia Withdrawal
  • Netherlands accepts the Independence of Indonesia
Unknown
None[5]
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
 Soviet Union
Inconclusive/Other Outcome
340[6]
None[6]
Malayan Emergency
(1950–1960)
 United Kingdom
 Malaya
 Australia
 New Zealand
MNLA Victory
  • Communist retreat from Malaya, Chin Peng exiled
39[7]
None[7]
Borneo Confrontation
(1963–1966)
 Malaysia
 United Kingdom
 Australia
 New Zealand
Indonesia Victory
  • Indonesia accepts the formation of Malaysia
23[5]
None[5]
Vietnam War
(1965–1973)
 South Vietnam
 United States
 South Korea
 Australia
 New Zealand
 Thailand
 Philippines
 Laos
Cambodia Khmer Republic
 North Vietnam
Viet Cong Viet Cong
Flag of Democratic Kampuchea.svg Khmer Rouge
Laos Pathet Lao
 China
 Soviet Union
 North Korea
Defeat
521[8]
None[8]
Gulf War
(1990–1991)
 Kuwait
 United States
 United Kingdom
 Saudi Arabia
 France
 Canada
 Egypt
 Syria
 Oman
 United Arab Emirates
 Qatar
 Italy
 Australia
 Argentina
Iraq Victory
None[9]
None[9]
War in Afghanistan
(2001–present)
Afghanistan Northern Alliance
 Afghanistan
 United States
 United Kingdom
 Australia
 Canada
 Germany
 France
 Italy
 Czech Republic
 Netherlands
 Turkey
 Romania
 Georgia
 South Korea
 Poland
 Denmark
 Sweden
 Norway
 Singapore
 New Zealand
Afghanistan Islamic Emirate
Afghanistan Taliban
al-Qaeda
Ongoing
41[10]
None[10]
Iraq War
(2003–2009)
 Iraq
Iraqi Kurdistan
 United States
 United Kingdom
 South Korea
 Italy
 Poland
 Australia
 Georgia
 Ukraine
 Netherlands
 Spain
 Romania
 Bulgaria
 Denmark
 Thailand
Iraq Iraq
Iraq SCJL
Iraq Naqshbandi Army
al-Qaeda
Flag of Ansar al-Islam.svg Ansar al-Islam
Islamic Army of Iraq (emblem).png IAI
Mahdi Army
Badr Brigades
Kata'ib Hezbollah
Inconclusive/Other Result
2[9]
None[9]
Operation Astute
(2006–2013)
 Australia
 New Zealand
 Malaysia
 Portugal
 East Timor
East Timor FDTL Rebels Victory
  • Stabilisation of East Timor
3[13]
None[13]
War on ISIL
(2014–present)
 Iraq
 Iraqi Kurdistan
Flag of Rojava.svg Rojava
 United States
 United Kingdom
 Canada
 France
 Germany
 Australia
 Turkey
 Saudi Arabia
 Qatar
 Jordan
 Bahrain
 United Arab Emirates
 Morocco
 New Zealand
 Netherlands
 Belgium
 Denmark
 Norway
 Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant
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. ^ a b Australia and the Boer War, 1899–1902, Australian War Memorial.
  2. ^ a b China (Boxer Rebellion), 1900–01, Australian War Memorial.
  3. ^ a b First World War 1914–18, Australian War Memorial.
  4. ^ a b "Australian Military Statistics World War II - A Global Perspective". AWM. Archived from the original on May 27, 2010. Retrieved 2011-06-15.CS1 maint: unfit url (link)
  5. ^ a b c Indonesian Confrontation, 1963–66, Australian War Memorial.
  6. ^ a b Korean War, 1950-53, Australian War Memorial.
  7. ^ a b Malayan Emergency, Australian War Memorial.
  8. ^ a b Vietnam War 1962–75, Australian War Memorial.
  9. ^ a b c d Iraq, Australian War Memorial.
  10. ^ a b "Australian soldier dead in Afghanistan named as lance corporal Todd Chidgey". the Guardian. Retrieved 6 February 2015.
  11. ^ "Sectarian divisions change Baghdad's image". NBC News. 3 July 2006. Retrieved 18 February 2007.
  12. ^ References:
  13. ^ a b Australians and Peacekeeping, Australian War Memorial.

Sources:

  • Muirden, Bruce (1990). The Diggers Who Signed On For More: Australia's Part in the Russian Wars of Intervention, 1918–1919. Kent Town: Wakefield Press. ISBN 1-86254-260-0.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)