PKOH related publications by the team

The following material on the history of Australian involvement in peacekeeping and humanintarian actions, as well as post-Cold War operations, has been research and written by the official history team


Other people’s wars: a history of Australian peacekeeping
Peter Londey
Allen & Unwin, 2004
The first (and so far only) narrative history of all Australian peacekeeping, from 1947 to 2004. An essential reference.
Soft cover, 312 pp
Compendium of Australian operational lessons from Africa and the arch of instability, 1987–2000
Bob Breen
Land Headquarters, 2004
This compendium is a five-volume collection of articles, papers, and post-operations reports that analyse Australian Defence Force (ADF) operational performance in Africa (Somalia) and Australia’s near region (Bougainville and East Timor). One volume is a collection of papers on ADF difficulties in providing logistic support to offshore operations.
SAS: phantoms of war, a history of the Australian Special Air Service
David Horner
Allen & Unwin, 2002
This is a history of Australia’s Special Air Service (SAS), from its formation in 1957, to 2000. It includes chapters on SAS operations in the 1990s, including in Somalia, Kuwait, and East Timor.
Mission accomplished – East Timor: Australian Defence Force participation in International Force East Timor
Bob Breen
Allen & Unwin, 2001
This book is a tactical-level, illustrated history of Australia’s preparation for and participation in the International Force – East Timor (INTERFET), a short-notice military intervention that began in September 1999 and ended in February 2000. The book is based on the author’s first-hand experience, interviews conducted in East Timor during the intervention, and operational documents.
Giving peace a chance – Operation Lagoon, Bougainville, 1994: a case study of military action and diplomacy
Bob Breen
Australian National University, 2001
This monograph explores the challenges faced by the Australian Defence Force in a peacekeeping operation. It concentrates on the armed regional peacekeeping force to protect the peace conference in Arawa, Bougainville, in October 1994.
The Australian Centenary History of Defence, Volume 4: Making the Australian Defence Force
David Horner
Oxford University Press, 2001
This is a history of the development of the Australian Defence Force (ADF), from its inception in the mid-1970s to 2000. It includes a chapter on INTERFET operations in East Timor in 1999 and a chapter on other ADF operations between 1980 and 2000.
A little bit of hope: Australian Force – Somalia
Bob Breen
Allen & Unwin, 1998
This book is a comprehensive, analytical history of the preparation, deployment, employment, and sustainment of a 1,000-strong infantry battalion group in Somalia in 1992–93. The group, supported by HMAS Tobruk and RAAF aircraft, protected the distribution of humanitarian aid from itinerant bandit groups and urban criminals.
The Gulf commitment: the Australian Defence Force’s first war
David Horner
Melbourne University Press, 1992
Based on official records, this is an account of RAN commitment of ships to the sanctions operations against Iraq in 1990 and then to the First Gulf War in 1991.

Wartime articles

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Published papers

Connor, J., ”Sea power and peace operations: the naval contribution to UNITAF, Somalia, 1992–93”, in David Stevens and John Reeve (eds), Sea power ashore and in the air (Sydney: Halstead Press, 2007): 236–247

Horner, D., “Recent military operations and their place in Australian history”, in United Service 57.2 (Winter 2006): 11–16

Londey, P., “Fifty years of Australian Army peacekeeping”, in P. Dennis and J. Grey (eds), The second fifty years: the Australian Army 1947–1997 (Proceedings of the Chief of Army's History Conference held at the Australian Defence Force Academy, 23 September 1997) (Canberra: ADFA, 1997): 111–28

Londey, P., ”Peacekeeping”, in Beaumont, J. (ed.), Australian defence: sources and statistics (Melbourne: Oxford University Press, 2001): 335–37

Londey, P., ”Peacekeeping”, in Dennis, J. Grey, E. Morris, and R. Prior (eds), Oxford companion to Australian military history (Melbourne: Oxford University Press, 1995): 457–61

Londey, P., ”The RAN and peacekeeping”, in Stevens, D. (ed.), Maritime power in the 20th century: the Australian experience (Sydney: Allen & Unwin, 1998): 185–98