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History of Mateship

The History of Mateship

On 4 July 2018 Australia and the United States of America celebrated the first 100 Years of Mateship. 

The date marked the 100th anniversary of the first time our troops fought side by side in an offensive action, at the Battle of Hamel on France’s Western Front. They fought under the command of one of Australia’s most revered military leaders, General Sir John Monash.

The battle plan devised by General Monash was radical for its time – it marked the first time tanks had been used as protection on a battlefield for the advancing infantry and the first time aircraft had been deployed to drop ammunition to ground troops.

General Monash predicted that the offensive would last for 90 minutes. Incredibly it took the Allied forces just 93 minutes to secure victory and turned the tide against the Germans on the Western Front.

Since that day, which helped turn the tide of the First World War, Australian and American soldiers, sailors, marines, airmen and women have served alongside one another in every major conflict. This is symbolic of the deep and enduring bond, mutual respect and close co-operation that exists between Australia and the United States.

Timeline of the Alliance

 

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