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The Hon Dan Tehan MP
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14 December 2017

A century of Australian–American military cooperation

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan today announced the Australian Government would support a documentary recounting 100 years of Australian–American military cooperation.

Australians and Americans have fought together in every major conflict since the First World War. The documentary, Mateship, is expected to air on 4 July 2018, the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Hamel, which was the first time Australia and America fought side-by-side in the Great War.

“At the Battle of Hamel, Australian Lieutenant General John Monash became the first non-American officer to command American soldiers,” Mr Tehan said.

“Since then the Australian and American bond has grown stronger as both countries have stood side-by-side in defence of our freedom and values.

“Australia should be proud and grateful of our relationship with the United States which has helped make the world a safer place.

Mateship will profile key battles and relationships during the First and Second World Wars through to Korea, Vietnam, Iraq and more recently Afghanistan.”

A number of individual stories will be featured in the documentary including that of Corporal Leslie ‘Bull’ Allen who was awarded the US Silver Star for Gallantry for carrying a wounded American soldier to safety in Papua New Guinea during the Second World War.

Mateship is expected to air on Foxtel’s History Channel on 4 July 2018, the centenary of the Battle of Hamel and Independence Day in the United States.

Media enquiries:

  • Minister Tehan’s Office: Byron Vale, 0428 262 894
  • Department of Veterans’ Affairs Media: 02 6289 6466


Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service (VVCS) can be reached 24 hours a day across Australia for crisis support and free confidential counselling. Phone 1800 011 046 (international: +61 8 8241 4546). VVCS is a service founded by Vietnam veterans.