|Battle of Darwin|
|Part of The British-Australian War|
| Australia |
| James Jones |
| David Blake |
Sir. Dan Cavendish
|40,000 soldiers||30,000 soldiers|
|Casualties and losses|
| 7,900 soldiers killed |
543 soldiers injured
| 12,000 soldiers killed |
1011 soldiers injured
The Battle of Darwin was a major battle in the 2006 British-Australian War. The battle lasted 3 days and although it was eventually won by the Australians, the casualties were high on both sides. The battle was dubbed the turning point in the war by many people on both sides.
At 13:11 on the 24th June, the city of Darwin was attacked by British forces. The attack came from the south-east side of the city, where the airport was. Both sides used the airplanes for cover as the fighting intensified. At 13:50, 1200 Australian soldiers were airlifted from Melbourne to provide support for the soldiers in Darwin. Despite the reinforcements, the Australian defense lines at the airport was compromised and they were forced to pull back and take up a position outside the airport.
In the Northern parts of the city, fierce fighting continued as both sides took many casualties. A British Chinook was hit by ground fire from the Australians which took out an engine on the helicopter and injured the pilot. The Helicopter circled the air for a brief moment before crash landing in a nearby field.
In most areas the fighting died down as nightfall approached. It was reported that after the first day off fighting over 3000 soldiers died on both sides.
On the 25th June, a small group of 6 elite SAS troops were planning the use the nearby forest as cover and sneak across the city to the harbor and destroy the Australian warships there. The plan was unsuccessful as a nearby helicopter spotted them and alerted the command. The command decided to set up an ambush and either kill or capture them. As the group found themselves surrounded they decided to surrender and were arrested.
The street fighting in Darwin came to a standstill in some areas as both sides were exhausted and tired. The military command in Melbourne were planning on launching their largest military attack yet which would hopefully put the British on the defensive.
The attack(codenamed Operation Impact) begun at 04:30 of day 3. The plan was to breach the British defense lines and pushing them into Western Australia. It involved 40,000 Australian soldiers, many of whom had been drafted in from other cities, backed up with tanks, helicopters and other modern equipment.
The operation made an immediate impact in most areas as the British defense lines were breached and the lines that remained intact were quickly flanked and destroyed. On the retreat, the British soldiers suffered heavy casualties from the advancing Australians. The British attempted to set up new positions just 3km outside Darwin and defend but they were pounded out by the Australian Chinooks. By 11:16 of day 3, the city of Darwin was safe.