Posted by: Gregoryno6 | June 6, 2017

Australia and D-Day.

Marking the day with a piece written on the 70th anniversary by Dr Lachlan Grant, historian at the Australian War Memorial.
Many might dismiss Australia’s contribution to the Normandy campaign as something of a token effort. But this does not do justice to the memory of those who served and those who died in the fighting. While the overall number of Australians was small in comparison with the millions mobilised in Europe, for a small nation they are not insignificant – especially considering that in the course of the war a total of 27,000 Australian airmen served in the European theatre.
World War II in Europe was not fought simply for balance-of-power politics. It was fought for bigger ideals, making the battle for Normandy and its commemoration important to Australia. It matters for the simple reason that Australia was a proactive participant in a coalition standing united against Hitler’s murderous and criminal regime, which rejected the most basic democratic and civil rights as well as the liberal ideals on which our society is founded.

The full article can be read here.

One of the Australian pilots who fought and died at Normandy in June 1944 was Flight Lieutenant Henry Smith.


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