DISASTER AT SAVO ISLAND, 1942

Reading time: 50 minutes The Battle of Savo Island The Battle of Savo Island occurred early in the morning on ...
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Remembering the Victory at Bardia

Reading time: 8 minutes Just over 80 years ago, Australian forces fought their first major battle of World War II ...
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Scrap Iron Flotilla: The Royal Australian Navy at its Best

Reading time: 11 minutes To the Axis Powers, the Australian flotilla that fought in the Mediterranean during the Second World ...
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Five Great Historically Accurate Films: Part Three

Reading time: 6 minutes READ PART ONE AND PART TWO By Michael Vecchio Saving Private Ryan (1998) Dir. Steven Spielberg ...
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The Battle of Cape Spada: The Australian Navy Proves Its Mettle

Reading time: 9 minutes The Battle of Cape Spada was a short, violent encounter on the 19th of July, 1940 ...
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Imperial Overconfidence: The Anglo-Zulu War

Reading time: 8 minutes For a fine example of overconfidence during the height of British Imperialism, look no further than ...
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A program for peace: The founding of the United Nations

Reading time: 6 minutes Achieving the elusive dream of “world peace”, has long been an idealist and collectivist goal for ...
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Venezuela’s Fight For Independence: The Battle of Carabobo

Reading time: 6 minutes This year marks the 200th anniversary of the battle of Carabobo, a major battle in Venezuela’s ...
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The Siege of Haarlem, Kenau, and Creating a Heroine

Reading time: 5 minutes The Dutch Revolt, the conflict that created an independent Netherlands free from Spain, also created a ...
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WERE SOVIET TANKS DEPLOYED IN EGYPT 50 YEARS AGO?

Reading time: 6 minutes On February 3, 2018, Russian Air Force Maj. Roman Filipov’s jet was shot down while attacking ...
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WA’s first governor James Stirling had links to slavery, as well as directing a massacre. Should he be honoured?

Reading time: 5 minutes Today, councillors in Perth’s City of Stirling will vote to decide whether to change their city’s ...
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The Cold War Ignites: The Berlin Blockade and Airlift

Reading time: 6 minutes Once the centre of Nazi ideology and power, the German capital of Berlin was extremely important ...
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How War with Spain Created the Dutch Colonial Empire

Reading time: 8 minutes The Dutch colonial empire was a large collection of territories that spanned the globe from the ...
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Constructing Oppression: The Berlin Wall and the Literal Iron Curtain

Estimated reading time: 6 minutes 60 years after its initial construction, the memory of the Berlin Wall remains a potent ...
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The Two Countries That ‘Escaped’ The Scramble for Africa

Estimated reading time: 4 minutes The Scramble for Africa is often recognized as the beginning of colonialism and European Imperialism ...
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‘Cheese-eating surrender monkeys’? It’s time to give the French Army the credit it deserves

Estimated reading time: 5 minutes When marking the centenary of the terrible events of 1917, some of the most devastating ...
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Wounded Knee: Shame or Honour?

Estimated reading time: 6 minutes On 29 December 1890, between 150-300 Sioux Lakota men, women, and children, most of whom ...
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Africa’s World War: The Congo War

Estimated reading time: 5 minutes 5.4 million people died in the deadliest war in modern African history. Yet, the event ...
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Brilliant and Flawed: The Enduring Legacy of Napoleon Bonaparte

Estimated reading time: 6 minutes The 200th anniversary of his death (1821-2021) renews discussion on how the former Emperor should ...
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Australia’s first action in the Pacific in World War II a valiant catastrophe

Estimated reading time: 5 minutes Just before midnight on 7 December 1941, Flying Officer Peter Gibbes stepped off the train ...
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Leaving Afghanistan and why America doesn’t win wars

Estimated reading time: 5 minutes Since World War II, the United States has lost just about every war that it ...
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‘I want to scream and scream’: Australian nurses on the Western Front were also victims of war

Estimated reading time: 6 minutes The revival of interest in Anzac since the 1980s has depended in part on the ...
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Who were we fighting at Gallipoli?

Estimated reading time: 5 minutes In the annual discussion of the Gallipoli campaign Australians are subjected to a variety of ...
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Peter Weir’s Gallipoli 40 years on: deftly directed and still devastating

Estimated reading time: 6 minutes With the release of the first-world-war film Gallipoli in 1981, director Peter Weir could finally ...
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How The Napoleonic Wars Entrenched British Rule In 19th Century South Africa

Estimated reading time: 6 minutes The battles between Britain and France following the French Revolution and into the Napoleonic Wars ...
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In their own words: letters from ANZACs during the Gallipoli evacuation

Estimated reading time: 5 minutes Just five days before Christmas, in the early hours of Monday December 20, 1915, the ...
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Who will have us? Jewish Refugees before WW2

Estimated reading time: 6 minutes The plight of Jewish refugees after the outbreak of World War II in 1939 is ...
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Hero and Villain: Robert Clive of the East India Company

Estimated reading time: 11 minutes Robert Clive, a general of the East India Company, was despised by his contemporaries – ...
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Northern Ireland, born of strife 100 years ago, again erupts in political violence

Estimated reading time: 6 minutes Sectarian rioting has returned to the streets of Northern Ireland, just weeks shy of its ...
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Taking back the Homeland – Ethiopian Guerrillas in World War II

Estimated reading time: 6 minutes By Ellen Rubin. Guerrilla warfare played a huge role in World War II. Partisans in ...
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Highland Clearances: Changing a Culture

Estimated reading time: 5 minutes Cultures, customs and traditions change as time passes on, but sometimes this change is brought ...
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Hubris and Miscalculation: The failure of the Bay of Pigs invasion

Estimated reading time: 6 minutes By Michael Vecchio The threat of Nazi villainy had been defeated, however another authoritarian threat ...
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Could the Charge of the Light Brigade have worked?

Estimated reading time: 6 minutes By Michael J. Armstrong. Middle East tensions. Russian soldiers in Crimea. Western nations’ warships in ...
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Remembering Sachsenhausen-Oranienburg

Estimated reading time: 3 minutes By Rachel Horne. 35 kilometres north of Berlin, you will find the Nazi concentration camp ...
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Deceptive Ineptitude: German Spies in WW2 Britain

Estimated reading time: 6 minutes Operation Lena, the German espionage operation in Britain, turned out to be one of the ...
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The Somme: The German perspective

Estimated reading time: 7 minutes By Dr Robert T. Foley. How do Germans view the Battle of The Somme? This ...
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The Long Tail of the First World War

Estimated reading time: 11 minutes Fallen Empires and Civil War  By Caitlan Hester The popular view of the First World ...
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Jutland: Why World War I’s only sea battle was so crucial to Britain’s victory

Estimated reading time: 5 minutes By Andrew Lambert, King's College London. Modern understanding of World War I is dominated by ...
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Blood and Pepper: The Aceh Wars

Estimated reading time: 6 minutes The history of the Dutch East Indies is a blood-soaked tale of war and subjugation ...
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How the National Guard became the go-to military force for riots and civil disturbances

Estimated reading time: 6 minutes By Shannon M. Smith. The Pentagon has approved leaving 5,000 troops deployed indefinitely to protect the U.S ...
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It’s time for a new museum dedicated to the fighters of the frontier wars

Estimated reading time: 19 minutes By Henry Reynolds, University of Tasmania. Historical research of the last 20 years has confirmed ...
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Rising Sun, Complacent Bear: The Russo-Japanese War

Estimated reading time: 5 minutes The Russo-Japanese War resulted in one of Russia’s greatest military upsets, and one of Japan’s ...
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A short, sharp history of the bayonet

Estimated reading time: 14 minutes By Peter Monteath, Flinders University. Even the sound of a bayonet could be frightening. The ...
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Battle of 42nd Street – Anzacs Proving Germany Could be Beaten

Estimated reading time: 5 minutes By Richard Shrubb. Morale can make all the difference on the battlefield. On the 27th ...
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Why the Legions Beat the Phalanx

Estimated reading time: 8 minutes The societies of ancient Greece and Rome valued brawn as well as brains. Philosophers fulfilled ...
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Quantity Becomes a Quality All of Its Own

Estimated reading time: 11 minutes In the history of warfare, there have been mismatched conflicts where skilled forces have been ...
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The Battle of Kadesh and the World’s First Peace Treaty

Estimated reading time: 6 minutes For a shining example of ancient warfare and the cause of the world's first recorded ...
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The Battle for Hong Kong – London’s Lost Cause?

Reading time: 7 minutes Within 12 hours of Pearl Harbour being bombed by the Japanese at the outset of their ...
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Fake News, Misinformation and Propaganda Throughout History

Estimated reading time: 6 minutes By Madison Moulton Fake news has become a popular buzzword. However, the phenomenon is not ...
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Neutrality At All Costs: The Netherlands in WW1

Estimated reading time: 6 minutes By Fergus O'Sullivan World War 1 was a conflict that engulfed entire continents and swallowed ...
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Explainer: what is radiocarbon dating and how does it work?

Rachel Wood, Australian National University Radiocarbon dating has transformed our understanding of the past 50,000 years. Professor Willard Libby produced ...
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Best Historical Films 2010-2020

There may be many historically based films, but only a few can be rightfully called striking, emotional, and informative. As ...
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A Period of Change: Global Events in the Lead Up to WWI

Reading time: 6 minutes The history of the lead up to WWI is undoubtedly dominated by Europe. European powers understandably ...
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The History of Games: Rome 2

By Fergus O'Sullivan. Here at the History Guild we like video games, especially ones with a historical setting. Of course, ...
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Five Great Historically Accurate Films

By Michael Vecchio. Most history enthusiasts will eye the release of a new film on a historical topic somewhat sceptically, ...
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Five of the Most Historically Accurate PC Games

Estimated reading time: 5 minutes Plenty of video games are marketed as being historically accurate, but few truly are. In ...
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‘Australia’s smallest peacekeeping force’ in the unknown prelude to the Korean War

Estimated reading time: 4 minutes By Paul Wallis. In the years leading up to the Korean War, the two future ...
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True Grit – Unarmed Airborne Artillery Spotters over Normandy, 1944

True grit has never been so evident as it was for the daring, young pilots who flew slow, unarmed Auster ...
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Battle of One Tree Hill, Australian Frontier Wars

The Battle of One Tree Hill in 1843 was one of the largest battles in the Australian frontier wars, taking ...
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Military Marine Mammals

It has recently emerged that the Russian Navy used specially trained marine mammals, probably seals, for harbour defence in Syria ...
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Defences of Australia – 19th Century

Modern Australia is relatively unique in it's position occupying an entire continent, having no land borders with another country. While ...
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World War 1 on the Front Lines

The front line experiences of the average soldier on the western front in World War 1 are outside the realms ...
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