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08-January-2014
08-January-2014
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The plaque commemorates the members of the 2nd / 40th Infantry Battalion who served in World War Two.

The 2nd / 40th Infantry Battalion was the only battalion in the Australian Imperial Force (AIF) recruited almost entirely from Tasmania. After months of training at Brighton Army Camp, it joined a detachment called Sparrow Force, sent on an impossible mission to defend the island of Timor from imminent Japanese invasion.

In February 1942 they were confronted by a force of 23,000 Japanese troops. After four days of heavy fighting, cut off, low on supplies and completely outnumbered, most of Sparrow Force had to surrender.

Consequently, the bulk of the Battalion became prisoners of war. The prisoners spent the first seven months of their captivity interned in a camp at Usapa Besar. From Java the prisoners were dispersed throughout Japan’s conquered territory. They were liberated in late-August and early September 1945.

Location

Address:Paterson Street, Remembrance Wall near Cenotaph, Launceston, 7250
State:TAS
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -41.438528
Long: 147.133286
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:Conflict
Sub-Theme:WW2
Actual Event STart Date:03-September-1939
Actual Event End Date:15-August-1945

Dedication

Front Inscription

In remembrance of members of 2 / 40 Btn. 2 A.I.F. who fought to defend their country during World War 2

Lest We Forget

Source: MA
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