V-J Day!

Celebrations in Australia 1945, after six years of war.

I was stunned the other day to come across a group of Americans didn’t even know we were involved. We joined right at the start, in 1939, thousands of us were there with everyone else on D-Day, more bombs were dropped on the Darwin than on Pearl Harbor, and Australia saw the war through to the end.

The problem might partially be that we fought many wars in history as part of the British Empire, and all of us – Australians, Canadians, Kiwis etc. – got lumped in as Brits.

However, I also think Hollywood has a lot to answer for. They’re always portraying the US as singlehandedly fighting and winning the war. It was, after all, a *WORLD* War.

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