2015 50c CuNi Uncirculated Coins - Australia at War - Set of 6
Including: 2015 - El Alamein, Greece and Crete, Tobruk, Empire Air Training Scheme and War in the Pacific.
2015 50c Uncirculated Coin - Australia at War - El Alamein
In the early stages of the Second World War, Australian and Allied forces faced an uphill battle against the German and Italian Axis forces. From their North African base, Axis forces sought to seize control of the Suez Canal and the oilfields of the Middle East. In 1942, the Allies’ fortunes began to change due to two significant actions in the Egyptian town of El Alamein. In July, the Allies prevented Axis troops from advancing on to Alexandria despite facing a heavy offensive.
2015 50c Uncirculated Coin - Australia at War - Greece
In 1941, Germany had great fears of Greece becoming a British ally, which would jeopardise Germany’s access to the Romanian oilfields.
To protect their interests, Germany subsequently invaded Greece. Although the risks of defending Greece were apparent, British, Australian and New Zealand soldiers banded together to help defend a country that would soon be vulnerable.
2015 50c Uncirculated Coin - Australia At War - Crete
In 1941, during the Second World War, as Australian and Allied troops began withdrawing from Greece, many were relocated to the island of Crete to sustain the Royal Navy’s garrison. While German forces were initially engaged in other battles, they sought to capture the island’s three main airfields, launching an assault on Crete on 20 May.
2015 50c Uncirculated Coin - Australia at War -Tobruk
In 1941, Australian and Allied forces sought to defend Egypt and the Suez Canal from the German and Italian Axis forces. To achieve this, it was vital that the Allies hold the fortified port of Tobruk on the Libyan coast. Not only would this delay the Axis’ advance, but would also force their troops to carry the many supplies overland across 1500 kilometres of desert.
2015 50c Uncirculated Coin - Australia at War - Empire Air Training Scheme
At the outbreak of the Second World War, Britain did not have the manpower to maintain the Royal Air Force (RAF) in the impending war in Europe. A plan was subsequently put forward to form a pool of trained aircrew from all corners of the Commonwealth. Over 37,000 Australian airmen trained in air schools all across the British Empire. Many went on to serve alongside British, Canadian, New Zealand, Rhodesian, and South African aircrews in the RAF’s air war over Europe.
2015 50c Uncirculated Coin - Australia at War - War in the Pacific
The war came to Australia in 1942 when Japanese forces in the Pacific overran British and Commonwealth forces in Malaya and Singapore
and invaded New Guinea. Darwin and Northern Australia were repeatedly bombed while Sydney and Newcastle were also attacked.
FEATURES AND DESIGN
• Uncirculated finish
• Part of the Australia at War series, to feature 18 coins which will reflect the nation’s pride in these brave servicemen and women
• Obverse features Queen Elizabeth II effigy sculpted by Ian Rank-Broadley
|Mintage||50 000 each|
|Brand||Royal Australian Mint|
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