Category: Australian Defence Force, Malayan Emergency

Categories: Australian Defence Force | Australia, Malayan Emergency

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The Malayan Emergency (Malay: Darurat Malaya) was a guerrilla war fought in pre- and post-independence Federation of Malaya, from 1948 until 1960. Commonwealth forces supported the nation against the Malayan National Liberation Army (MNLA), the military arm of the Malayan Communist Party (MCP). The first Australian ground forces arrived in 1955. The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) contributed bombers and transports, operating out of Singapore, early in the conflict. The RAAF also extended Butterworth air base, from which aircraft carried out ground attack missions against the guerillas. The Royal Australian Navy provided destroyers and aircraft carriers Melbourne and Sydney. Several destroyers were attached to the Commonwealth Strategic Reserve forces for three to nine months at a time. Several fired on communist positions in Johor State.

Wikipedia: Malayan Emergency; accessed 26 Feb 2019.

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11 Dec 1928 Brisbane, Queensland, Australia - 06 Jul 1964
04 Jan 1911 Carlton, Victoria, Australia - 20 May 1992 photo
02 Apr 1918 Armadale, Victoria, Australia - 03 Mar 1987




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