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Celebrating a Centenary of Mateship

20 June 2018

Celebrating a Centenary of Mateship

4 July 1918. The ‘Great War’ has been raging for almost four years on the Western Front. Under the command of Australian General Sir John Monash, Australian and American troops conduct a daring offensive against the entrenched German Army, successfully retaking the town of Hamel in France. The troops secured victory in just 93 minutes, helping to turn the tide against the Germans on the Western Front.

The Battle of Hamel was significant for a number of reasons. It was the first time American and Australian troops fought side by side. It was also the first time that American troops fought offensively under the command of a non-American. In honour of the Americans he was commanding, General Monash chose July 4 as the date of the battle.

Since that day, Australian and American soldiers, sailors, marines, airmen and women have served alongside one another in every major conflict of the 20th and 21st centuries. Our military alliance endures today, as our armed forces work together in Iraq and Syria to combat the threat of terrorism.

Our mateship may have been forged in war, but it has also prospered in peace. Over the past century, our cultural affinity and shared values, our determination to improve, succeed and innovate has seen both countries grow, benefitting immeasurably from close cooperation. Australia and the United States collaborate on everything from joint medical research to intelligence gathering. We invest in each other’s countries, our companies and financial ventures crossing borders to enrich lives and provide new opportunities.


The Embassy is celebrating a centenary of mateship with the United States with a number of events in Washington DC on Wednesday, 27 June 2018:

These events are FREE and open to the public. We hope you can join us to celebrate this important occasion.