Prime Minister Robert Gordon Menzies. 3 September 1939
"Fellow Australians, it is my melancholy duty to inform you officially, that in consequence of a persistence by Germany in her invasion of Poland, Great Britain has declared war upon her and that, as a result, Australia is also at war. No harder task can fall to the lot of a democratic leader than to make such an announcement."
From the other side of the world they came to the aid of the Mother Country and in the cause of freedom. This is a debt that can never be repaid.
Comrades in death, as in life. Australians among Poles and British at Newark Cemetery, England
Above: Vlissingen Cemetery Christmas Eve 2018 (courtesy Gerard W. Leppers)
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Below you see Archive Reports that involve Australians. This list is generated by our auto-listing function. Search on 'RAAF' and 'Australia' in our site Search box (top of page) for more pages related to Australians that were published before auto-listing began to operate. We are gradually bringing older pages into auto-listing.
RAAF European Loss Database
Trish Masters Pays Homage
Australians Flying in Battle of Britain
Allied Losses and Incidents Database
Dawn Anzac Day Commemoration, Villers-Bretonneux, France
And The Band Played Waltzing Matilda
Paul McGuiness RAAF Archive WW1 & WW2
At the going down of the sun, and in the morning we will remember them. - Laurence Binyon