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Timelines of the alliance

WW1 veterans in New York

100 years of military alliance

In 2018, Australia and the United States will mark a centenary of mateship - a friendship first formed in the trenches of World War I during the Battle of Hamel on July 4, 1918. The offensive to retake Hamel was the earliest instance of American and Australian troops fighting side by side. American troops offensively fought under the command of a non-American for the first time during the Battle of Hamel. That commander was Australian General Sir John Monash - and in honour of the Americans he was commanding, General Monash chose July 4, 1918 as the date of the offensive on Hamel. Australia and the United States have fought side by side in every major conflict since 1918:

 

Date Event

1914-18

World War I

1939-45 

World War II

1947-91

Cold War

1950-53

Korean War

1962-75

Vietnam War

1990-91

Gulf War I

1992-95

Somalia

2001-

War on Terror

2003-11

Gulf War II

2001-

Afghanistan

2014-

Counter-ISIL in Iraq/Syria