A Brief Overview of the Post-World War II Demobilisation Strikes

Introduction Post-World War II demobilisation strikes occurred within Allied military forces stationed across the Middle East, India and South-East Asia in the months and years following World War II. Outline American military personnel based in occupied Germany were holding mass parades for speedier demobilisation and in the Philippines formed soldiers committees and went on demonstrations… Read More


What was the Adjusted Service Rating Score?

Introduction The Adjusted Service Rating Score was the system that the United States Army used at the end of World War II in Europe to determine which soldiers were eligible to be repatriated to the United States for discharge from military service as part of Operation Magic Carpet. Refer to Demobilisation of United States armed… Read More

What was Operation Magic Carpet (1945-1946)?

Introduction Operation Magic Carpet was the post-World War II operation by the War Shipping Administration to repatriate over eight million American military personnel from the European, Pacific, and Asian theatres. Hundreds of Liberty ships, Victory ships, and troop transports began repatriating soldiers from Europe in June 1945. Beginning in October 1945, over 370 navy ships… Read More

An Overview of the Demobilisation of US Armed Forces after World War II

Introduction The Demobilization of United States armed forces after the Second World War began with the defeat of Germany in May 1945 and continued through 1946. The United States had more than 12 million men and women in the armed forces at the end of World War II, of whom 7.6 million were stationed abroad.… Read More

An Overview of the Demobilisation of the Australian Military after World War II

Introduction The demobilisation of the Australian military after World War II involved discharging almost 600,000 men and women from the military, supporting their transition to civilian life and reducing the three armed services to peacetime strengths. Planning for the demobilisation process began in 1942 and thousands of servicemen and women were discharged in the last… Read More

A Brief Overview of the RAF Strikes of 1946

Introduction The Royal Air Force (RAF) strikes of 1946 was a series of demonstrations and strikes at several dozen RAF stations in the Indian subcontinent beginning on 22 January 1946. As these incidents involved refusals to obey orders they technically constituted a form of mutiny. Refer to Demobilisation of the British Armed Forces after the… Read More

An Overview of the Demobilisation of the British Armed Forces after World War II

Introduction At the end of the Second World War, there were approximately five million servicemembers in the British Armed Forces. The demobilisation and reassimilation of this vast force back into civilian life was one of the first and greatest challenges facing the postwar British government. Demobilisation Plan The wartime Minister of Labour and National Service… Read More