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Australian Command Rifle team Australian Platoon (BR747)
Australians in the Mediterranean

Almost a million Australians served in the Second World War. Australians fought in the campaigns against the Germans and Italians in Europe, the Mediterranean and North Africa;  against Japan in south-east Asia and the Pacific. Even Australia came under direct attack as Japanese aircraft bombed towns in north-western Australia and Japanese midget submarines penetrated Sydney harbour.

Australian Rifle Platoon

The Australian Army saw its first combat of the war in 1940, when the 6th, followed by the 7th and 9th Divisions joined the Allied operations in the Mediterranean and North Africa.

Following early successes against Italian forces, the Australians suffered defeat with the Allies at the hands of the Germans in Greece, Crete and North Africa.

In June and July 1941 Australians took part in the Allied invasion of Syria, a French possession and under control of the pro-German Vichy government.

Between April and August 1941 14,000 besieged Australians of the 9th Division held out against repeated German attacks on the Libyan port of Tobruk.

Australian Anti-tank Rifle team
Australian Light Mortar team

After the relief of Tobruk, the 6th and 7th Divisions departed from the Mediterranean theatre for the war against Japan.

The 9th Division remained to play an important role in the Allied victory at El Alamein in October 1942 before it also returned home to prepare for the war in the Pacific.

By the end of 1942 the only Australians remaining in the Mediterranean were airmen serving either with the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) No. 3 Squadron or in the Royal Air Force.

In Flames Of War

You can field an Australian Company using the special rules on page 134 of Afrika.

Australians are Fearless Veterans and gain the advantage of their Disorderly Conduct rule.

Disorderly Conduct

Australian soldiers have a strong disrespect for authority. They’ll do what they are told if it makes sense to them, but if not, they’ll do their own thing instead.

In one famous incident a Private greeted a Colonel with “How’s it going Bill?” much to the surprise of British officers present. 

Australian Rifle/MG team
Australian Rifle/MG team It turned out that the Private had been the Colonel’s boss before the war!

One benefit of this was that when officers became casualties, there was usually someone able to take over the leadership.

Australian Platoons do not use the British Bulldog special rule. Instead, they use the German Mission Tactics special rules.

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Australian Rifle Platoon
Australian Rifle/MG team Australian Command Rifle team
Australian Machine-gunner and Rifleman Australian Rifle/MG team

Last Updated On Thursday, January 17, 2008 by Wayne at Battlefront