World War II Collection
AUSTRALIA AT WAR
WORLD WAR II
This stunning series of WW2 collectables remembers the almost one million Australian men and women who served in the Second World War between 1939 and 1945 - in Europe, the Mediterranean and North Africa; and then in the Asia-Pacific.
The 'War in Europe' ended with Germany's surrender on 7 May 1945. Japan's surrender came on 14 August 1945. The names of the almost 40,000 men and women who died in, or as a result of this war will live forever on our National Roll of Honour.
WW2 1942 Ltd Ed Medallion set of eight
The first ever series of WW2 1942 Limited Edition Medallions is now available. Each element of the landmark Second World War 1942 collection is captured in these proof quality medallions; from the fall of Singapore in January to the victory at El Alamein in November.
VIEW AND ORDER INDIVIDUAL MEDALLIONS OF THE KEY EVENTS OF 1942
- AUSTRALIA'S WAR 1942 -
This landmark series remembers 1942, the year Australia's focus turned from the war in the northern hemisphere to the immediate threat posed to Australia by advancing Japanese forces in the Asia-Pacific. An insightful collection to tell Australia's story in 1942. Historic details included with each piece.
Australia Under Attack
Japan's relentless air and sea campaign against Australian communities and shipping began with a massive air raid against Darwin on 19 February 1942. Attacks on mainland Australia continued till late 1943.
Attack on Australia Limited Edition Medallion
Fall of Singapore
The fall of Britain's "Gibraltar of Asia" on 15 February 1942 had a profound effect on Australia. Some 15,000 Australians were captured, and the loss of Britain's air and sea bases opened the door to Australia for the advancing Japanese.
Fall of Singapore Limited Edition Medallion
Prisoners of War
More than 30,000 Australians were taken prisoner during WW2. Some 22,000 were captured in 1942 by the Japanese and while all prisoners endured hardship, the treatment of POWs in Japanese camps and during construction of the Thai Burma Railway remains one of the darkest periods in Australian military history.
Prisoners of War Limited Edition Medallion
Some 10,000 Royal Australian Air Force aircrew served over Europe with RAF Bomber Command between 1939-1945. Of all Australians lost in the Second World War more than one in ten served with Bomber Command.
Bomber Command Limited
Battle of El Alamein
Australian ground and air forces played an important role in the victory at El Alamein in November 1942. The defeat of the "Desert Fox" Field Marshal Erwin Rommel was the first major allied success of the war.
Battle of El Alamein Limited
Kokoda and Port Moresby
Australia's victory against Japan at Kokoda in 1942 was one of the most significant battles in the Asia-Pacific War. It was the final blow to Japan's ambitions to capture Port Moresby and denied Japan a foothold on Australia's doorstep.
Battle of Milne Bay
In late 1942 at Milne Bay in New Guinea, R.A.A.F. P-40 Kittyhawk fighter bombers, Australian infantry and American Engineers beat back more than 2,500 Imperial Japanese Navy marines to record the Allies' first ever victory against a Japanese invasion force.
Battle of Milne Bay Limited
Battle on the Seas
The first year of the War in the Pacific was costly for the Royal Australian Navy. Four of five major R.A.N. ships sunk in 1942 were lost to the Pacific War, including HMAS Canberra, Australia's biggest warship lost in combat.
Battle at Sea Limited