18 Jun Malayan Emergency
Australian War Memorial
Onthis day in 1948 the Malayan Emergency was declared.
On the morning of 16 June 1948 three European estate managers were murdered in two separate incidents in the Malaysian state of Perak by members of the Malayan Communist Party (MCP). That evening, the British declared a state of emergency in several districts of Perak and Johore which were extended the following day to the whole of the two states. On the 18th of June a state of emergency was declared for all of Malaya.
The Australian involvement in Malayan Emergency lasted from 1950 to 1960, making it one of the longest continuing military commitments in our history. 39 Australian servicemen died in this conflict.