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09-April-2011
09-April-2011

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The plaque commemorates those who served with the 2nd / 5th Australian Infantry Battalion during World War Two and is dedicated in memory of fallen comrades. The plaque location is indicated by a red poppy in the second image. 

The 2/5th Battalion was an infantry battalion of the Australian Army that operated during World War Two. It was raised at Melbourne, Victoria, on 18 October 1939 as part of the Second Australian Imperial Force (2nd AIF), attached to the 17th Brigade of the 6th Division. The 2/5th was one of only two Australian infantry battalions to fight against all of the major Axis powers during the war, seeing action against the Germans and Italians in Egypt, Libya, Greece and Crete, and the Vichy French in Syria, before returning to Australia in 1942 to fight the Japanese following a period of garrison duties in Ceylon, where it formed part of an Australian force established to defend against a possible Japanese invasion.

Following its return to Australia, the battalion was re-organised for jungle warfare and took part in two campaigns in New Guinea. The first of these campaigns came in 1942–1943 when it was involved in the defence of Wau and the Salamaua -Lae campaign, and then again in 1944–1945 when it took part in the Aitape-Wewak campaign. Following the end of the war, the battalion embarked for Australia on 1 December 1945 and disbanded at Puckapunyal in early February 1946. 

 

Location

Address:Fairbairn & Limestone Avenues, Australian War Memorial Sculpture Garden, Campbell, 2612
State:ACT
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -35.279626
Long: 149.147118
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

Actual Monument Dedication Date:Tuesday 7th February, 2006
Front Inscription

1939                                          1946

2/5th AUSTRALIAN INFANTRY BATTALION,
17th BRIGADE, 6th AUSTRALIAN DIVISION.

LIBYA   GREECE CRETE SYRIA -LEBANON
CEYLON WAU - SALAMAUA   AITAPE - WEWAK

One Of Only Two Second AIF Battalions To Fight Against "All The King`s Enemies" 
Italy, Germany, Vichy France, Japan

Dedicated In Memory Of Fallen Comrades  

Lest We Forget

Source: MA
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