The forgotten force : the Australian military contribution to the occupation of Japan, 1945-1952

Wood, James The forgotten force : the Australian military contribution to the occupation of Japan, 1945-1952. St. Leonards, N.S.W: Allen & Unwin, 1998.

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Author Wood, James
Title The forgotten force : the Australian military contribution to the occupation of Japan, 1945-1952
Place of Publication St. Leonards, N.S.W
Publisher Allen & Unwin
Publication year 1998
Sub-type Other
Open Access Status
Series Army military history series: Issues
ISBN 1864487011
Language eng
Total number of pages 304
Subjects 430101 History - Australian
Formatted Abstract/Summary

The policies under which Australian military personnel have been committed to the many campaigns and wars undertaken in the nation’s short history are recorded in official war histories or in the many other works available in Australia. Less well known are the policies applied at other times. Little has been written publicly about the period between the cessation of hostilities between Australia and Japan in August 1945 and the commitment of Australian forces, then based in Japan, to the war which erupted in Korea in June 1950. The study of this period has been neglected notwithstanding its importance to any consideration of later policies.

This period was one of fundamental readjustment in Australian national security policies, most particularly as a consequence of the decision to commit substantial Australian forces, in times of peace, to the allied occupation of Japan. Further, the rapidly changing international situation and the determination of Australian governments of the day to pursue independent policies caused major adjustments in the relationships with Australia’s principal allies and in the conduct of Australian policy.

This new approach sought to build upon the military contribution made by Australia to the prosecution of World War II, especially against Japan. The Australian Government acted quickly to raise Australia’s status in Asia and the Pacific generally, by means of a vigorous and significant contribution to the military occupation of Japan. By these actions the Government expected to gain international recognition of the Australian contribution to the defeat of the Axis Powers and to secure an undisputed place in the peace councils.

The principal Australian commitment to the occupation force for Japan—at its peak in 1946 almost 12,000 Australians—called for an intricate balancing of the individual and collective interests......
Keyword Army military history
Australia -- Foreign relations -- 1945-1965.
Australia -- Armed Forces -- Japan -- History.
Japan -- History -- Allied occupation, 1945-1952.
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