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Australian-Judean War

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Australian-Judean War

Global locations of Judea, Australia, USA and the UK

Since 1948, Australia and the Jewish state of Judea, have been in intermittent conflict with one another. Prior to 1948, Australia shared an uneasy peace. After 1973, with the close of the Yom Kippur War (in OTL, occurred in the Middle East), various peace arrangements between the two countries were settled by the USA and the UK and large-scale conflict soon ceased, though a final peace agreement has yet to be reached between the Judea and Australia. The two countries generally remain at odds with each other over the Kimberley region which comprises of the western half of Judea.

History (1933-1947)

In 1933, The Australian government offered Northern Australia
1933 Australian offer

Land given to the Jewish by the Australians in 1933

(northern half of OTL Northern Territory). The US initially fought against it with the their offer of the (OTL State of Israel) but Jewish support for the Australian offer and Prime Minister Winston Churchill's intervention overruled the American offer and European Jews, as well as Jews from the Middle East, came quickly to settle the land. Six years later in 1939, the Freeland League, led by Isaac Nachman Steinberg, launched the Kimberley Plan to settle the Kimberley region of West Australia. It was met with Australian opposition. But after 1945, with the end of World War 2, the Kimberley Plan was soon brought back into action. Finally, in 1947, with assistance from the UN, Judea's Kimberley Plan had at last succeeded in obtaining new land in the Kimberley region of Western Australia, thus redrawing Judea's borders. But this soured relations between Judea and Australia, as the Australian government did not want to lose the Kimberley regions. It would ultimately lead to the 1948 Australian-Judean War and the Australians decided to time it with the termination of the British Mandate of Palestine.
Borders of Australia and Judea

1947 addition of the Kimberley region and present day borders of Australia and Judea

History (1948-1973)

On May 15th, 1948, one day after the British Mandate in Palestine was terminated, the Australian Army launched a surprise attack on Judea with a strike force composing of two regiments of the Royal Australian Armoured Corps made up of large groups of Centurion tanks accompanied by infantry  on the eastern border of Judea, as well as the northern border of the state of Central Australia. The 1948 Australian-Judean War had begun. The fighting raged on for 9 months, 3 weeks and 2 days.
Beersheba 1948

Judean forces in Rabbit Flat, October 20, 1948

Finally on March 10, 1949, the fighting was concluded with a Judean victory over the Australian forces, but this was only the beginning of the Australian-Judean conflict.

Seven years later in 1956, Australia attempted to blockade Judea along the coastline, but a task force from the United Nation soon put an end to the Judean Crisis of 1956.

1948-Jordanian artillery shelling Jerusalem

Australian artillery shelling of Tenant Creek in 1948

Nine years later, between June 5th and 10th of 1967, Judean forces launched a surprise attack on Australia in the Six Day War. This war ended in a draw between the two combatant countries.

Then on October 6th, 1973, during Yom Kippur, the holiest day in Judaism, the Australian Armed Forces launched a surprise attack on the Kimberly Region of Judea. This provoked the United States of America into supporting Judea during the course of the war. Because Australia was a member of the Commonwealth, British intervention was a response to the USA's involvement.

The war ended on October 25th, 1973, with a Judean victory in defending its borders, as well as the United States and Britain drawing up a ceasefire. Since then and to the present day, there has been no large scale conflicts between Judea and 


Judean forces in Avon Downs or Lake Nash, July 1948

Australia, but the two countries still remain at odds with each other - especially over the Kimberly Region of West Australia.

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