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A Plaque honours those who fought and died while serving with the 49th Australian Infantry Battalion during World War Two.
The 49th Battalion was deployed to Papua during World War Two and was initially tasked to defend Port Moresby. During the Battle of Sanananda in December 1942, as part of the 30th Brigade, the battalion was committed to a costly frontal attack in an effort to breakthrough to an American unit that was cut off, but suffered heavy casualties and was subsequently disbanded in July 1943. It suffered 97 killed, and 111 wounded, most of which came in a single five-hour period during the attack on Sanananda.
|Address:||Kennedy Highway, Rocky Creek Memorial Park, Rocky Creek, 4882|
|GPS Coordinates:||Lat: -17.1825|
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
|Actual Event STart Date:||03-September-1939|
|Actual Event End Date:||15-August-1945|
|Actual Monument Dedication Date:||Sunday 17th August, 2003|
Sananada, Buna, Gona
To honour the memory of those
who fought and died in one of
Australia's bloodiest campaigns
during World War Two
LEST WE FORGET
Erected by the 49th Battalion Association Inc.