Allied navies suffered a disastrous defeat at the hand of the Imperial Japanese Navy in the battle of the Java Sea on 27 February 1942, and in secondary actions over successive days.  The defeat of the allied navies in these battles led to the Japanese occupation of the entire Dutch East Indies.

To commemorate the 80th anniversary of the battle, Miles Whittam-Seth presented a talk on the battle of the Java Sea at the Society’s June meeting.  Click here to read the talk Miles presented.  Miles included a quality video in his presentation that gave an excellent overview of the battle.  Click here to view the animated video, which runs for 15 minutes.

About the Society

The Military History Society of WA Inc. was formed in 2003 as a not-for-profit organisation. The Society is a group of professional and amateur historians and people with an interest in military history. The fundamental mission of the Society is the preservation and promotion of public awareness and interest in military history with an emphasis on the military history of Australia.

The Society meets on the third Tuesday of each month. All are welcome and attendance is free. Following a brief discussion of Society business, a guest speaker presents a talk on a military history subject. The topic of these talks cover specific military events as well as military theory from medieval times to the present day. Following the talk, supper is served. After supper, a raffle is drawn and a quiz rounds out the meeting.

Click here for details of the location and dates for monthly meetings, and the guest speakers scheduled to present.

Further information about the Society is available on this website using the navigation panel at the top of the page. Should you require additional information, or have a specific question relating to military history, please click here to contact the Society.

Notice Board

  • Monthly Meeting
    The next monthly meeting is on Tuesday 18th October, 2022.

    Our AGM has been deferred to the October monthly meeting. Please attend, if possible, as it is important that you participate in the election of the new committee for the current financial year.

    Following the AGM, our guest speaker, John Gartner, will present a biographical talk on his extensive and varied military career including service with the Australian SAS Regiment, SAS and Rhodesian Selous Scouts, and South African Special Forces.  John has been asked to bring some copies of his book, “The Fading Light”.

    Click here for an overview of this talk, for meeting location details, and for an overview of the guest speaker program planned for the rest of the year.

  • Imprimatur Books September Catalogue
    Imprimatur Books specialise in old and rare military books.  Click here to view their catalogue for September 2022.
  • WA Military Digital Library
    At the August meeting, Maurice Glasson provided information on a website for the Western Australian Military Digital Library. Members can view information published on this site by clicking on the following link –