Cowra Breakout 80th Anniversary

4th-5th August 2024

The breakout from the Cowra Prisoner of War Camp in 1944 was the only land battle fought on Australian soil during the Second World War. This event shaped many aspects of the town of Cowra and cemented a strong relationship with the Japanese people and Government in the years since.

Cowra has endeavoured to tell the story of the Breakout in a dignified and respectful manner, with an emphasis on reconciliation that has been nurtured since the tragic events of 1944.

This year’s commemorations will take place over the 4th-5th August 2024 in Cowra. The Mayoral Dinner is a key event within the program of events for the two-day period of commemoration.

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