1950

8 June

General Sir Thomas Blamey, Commander-in-Chief Allied Land Forces, South-West Pacific Area, World War II, made a Field Marshal, the only appointment to this rank in Australian military history.

25 June

North Korea invaded South Korea.

27 June

RAAF bomber squadron sent Malaya to assist the British in counter-insurgency work against communist guerrillas during the Malayan Emergency.

29 June

Australia committed military units to the United Nations Force in Korea.

25–26 October

Battle of Pakchon, Korea.

October–November

China came to the aid of North Korea—United Nations forces driven back.

5 December

Ships of the RAN participated in the evacuation of Chinnampo, Korea.

1950–85

Australian military observers joined UN Military Observers Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP). 

 

Crew of a RAAF Lincoln bomber, Malaysia, 1950s.

Crew of a RAAF Lincoln bomber, Malaysia, 1950s.
(RAAF)

Pilot Les Reading climbs onto the cockpit of his Mustang at the snow-covered Hamhung airfield, North Korea, November 1950.

Pilot Les Reading climbs onto the cockpit of his Mustang at the snow-covered Hamhung airfield, North Korea, November 1950.
(AWM P00675.068)