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From 1950-1957

The Malayan Emergency was the longest continuing commitment in Australian military history. The Emergency started with the murders of three British planters on 16 June 1948 by communist terrorists. On 18 June a State of Emergency was declared for all of Malaya. The Australian commitment commenced with bomber and transport aircraft arriving in Singapore in 1950. Australian ground forces arrived in 1955 and participated in what the official history (page 164) describes as the 'long, frustrating and occasional bloody cleanup ...'. In 1955 Australian ships joined the Far East strategic reserve in Malaya.


Schedule 2, Item 2 VEA 29 June 1950 – 31 August 1957