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

The 2/40th 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 2/40th became prisoners of war. The 2/40th prisoners spent the first seven months of their captivity interned in a camp at Usapa Besar. From Java the 2/40th 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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