Australia's changing relationships with Britain and the US by Cat Ll on Prezi
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It was not an act of escaping religious oppression, as in the case of America, or the founding of a new political order, as in France. British Australia was the creation of an imperial decision. This meant that strong links to Britain, and the British monarchy, continued well into the 20th century.
There were occasional republicans who advocated a so-called independent Australia, particularly in the 19th century, but, if anything, enthusiasm for the British Empire increased in the first half of the 20th century.
Australians were Australians, but they were also British. This, of course, was probably true given that London attracted people from all over the empire and was cosmopolitan in a way that Australia was not.
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The early settlers were British in a very Australian way. Australianness was embedded in their Britishness; the two were not in conflict. In celebrating Australia Day they were celebrating themselves and their peculiar Australian way.
Such celebrations could not be construed as indicating a desire to be rid of the monarchy or the empire.
Moreover, Australians felt a great deal of solidarity with their British cousins. Consider the following quote: Australians know that our future is linked with Britain, not only by ties of race and kinship, but because of hard, practical reasons.
No, the speaker was not Robert Menzies but Ben Chifley in Witness the massively popular reception of the new monarch, Queen Elizabeth, when she visited Australia in The Queen and Prince Philip wave from the royal tram in InBritain was still taking Even in the s, a strong connection between Australia and Britain made a lot of sense.
The old relationship between Australia and Britain was changing, and Australia was turning its political allegiances more to the US and its trade to Asia.
The shock of the post-war decline of the British Empire was also great for Australia. Germany was surrounded, Russians pressed in from the east, Italians and Americans from the south, and British, Commonwealth and more American troops from the west.
On 4 June,Allied troops landed in Normandy and began a sweep across France, liberating the French. The Allied troops reached Berlin in Hitler was increasingly disturbed in the final months of the War. He was found dead in his headquarters when he realised he was defeated. On 8 Maywith the Allied forces stationed in western Germany and Russian troops in eastern Germany, after six years of war, Germany surrendered and the European war came to an end.
The Japanese economy struggled to maintain the production of munitions and supplies for their troops scattered around the Pacific. As Japan lost superiority of the sea and the air, they left the Japanese islands open to attack.
The strain began to show as the Japanese attacks lost momentum over the following two years. The American attack was unrelenting. Bases from which strikes on the Japanese home islands could be launched were steadily acquired. American submarines continued to sink Japanese military and supply vessels until the end of the war.
Inwhile Australians continued to clear the Japanese from New Guinea and the Dutch East Indies, the Americans launched an offensive to liberate the Philippines, which had been occupied by the Japanese since Australian activities were centred on the south-west Pacific while the Americans struck northwards to gain bases from which they could attack the Japanese homeland.
By the end ofNew Guinea had been secured and the Americans planned to attack the Japanese islands to force the Japanese military to surrender.Australia Marches With Britain
The Japanese stepped up the aggression of their attacks and resistance. Their goal was to inflict as many injuries as possible.
Trained pilots became limited and kamikaze the Japanese word for divine wind planes were used increasingly. A kamikaze plane would dive bomb naval vessels, inflicting heavy casualties and damage. The Americans encountered strong resistance from the Japanese in the Philippines.
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As defeat was becoming a reality, the Japanese turned to desperate measures. At the battle of Leyte Gulf on October 20the first Japanese kamikaze planes attacked Allied vessels. The Philippines was liberated with the Allied occupation of the capital Manila in March These campaigns were difficult and costly. As Allied troops pushed closer to the Japanese mainland, resistance became more fanatical. Japanese soldiers often fought to the death, killing as many Allied soldiers as possible.
In the attack on Okinawa, the Japanese lost troops. In a pragmatic decision, it was thought that rather than risk losing thousands of Allied soldiers' lives in an invasion of the Japanese homeland, systematically dropping bombs on strategic cities in Japan would bring a swift end to the War. See image 2 and animation American bombing planes were stationed on Iwo Jima, three hours from Tokyo.
A campaign of low-altitude, night-time bombing of Japanese cities was undertaken in February