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OTD 80 years ago, Australia declared war on the Japanese Empire. Lest We Forget.

Thanks to OTD in Military History.
On 9 December 1941, Australia's governor-general, Alexander Hore-Ruthven, declared that Australia was at war with Japan. This was the first time Australia had declared war on another country as an independent nation, expressing its relatively new principle of self-governing responsibility in international affairs.
Some 17,000 Australians would die during the three and a half year war, 8,000 as prisoners of war.
Lest we forget.
Image: Governor-General Lord Gowrie (fourth from left) reading the proclamation announcing that Australia is at war with Japan. Prime Minister John Curtin sits by his side (third from left).