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Sep 12

AUSTRALIA’S FIRST ACTION OF THE FIRST WORLD WAR REMEMBERED

Thursday, 11 September 2014

  AUSTRALIA’S FIRST ACTION OF THE FIRST WORLD WAR REMEMBERED

 

Today we mark the centenary of Australia’s first campaign of the First World War and remember in particular the six men who fell in the brief but bitter encounter at Bita Paka in German New Guinea.

The Battle of Bita Paka was fought on 11 September 1914.  Five Australian sailors and one soldier, a medical officer, lost their lives.  We remember those who were killed, and we remember those who were left behind to mourn their loss. These men paid the ultimate sacrifice in a successful campaign to prevent a German fleet from dominating the Pacific and threatening Allied shipping.

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