The outbreak of the First World War saw the quick formation of the Australian Naval and Military Expeditionary Force. Their first targets were German bases in the Pacific, including the wireless station at Bita Paka.
The Battle of Bita Paka took place on 11 September 1914 on the island of New Britain. This battle with German reservists and Melanesian police was the first Australian action of the First World War. This battle also saw the first Australian fatal casualties of the First World War.
Reviewed 01 February 2021