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Source: Some of the members of the RAF and RAAF who escaped from Singapore shortly before its fall in happy mood aboard the ship carrying them to Batavia. (The Australian War Memorial, 1942)
World War II | How to use this timeline
This timeline is under construction, it provides an overview of the events relating to World War II and their impact on Australia. To complete your studies refer to the other resources under this guide's events, impact and commemoration tabs The events in the following timeline are grouped by category:
- Causes: Major events that lead to World War II.
- Conflicts: Major battles and conflicts that involved Australians or determined the outcomes of the war.
- Impact: Major World War II events that had an impact on Australian society both during and after the war.
- Diplomacy: The treaties, agreements, and conventions that influenced the lead up to World War II, or had an influence on Australia after World War II.
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