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02-April-2011
02-April-2011
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Plaque commemorates the personnel who served in the 2nd / 3rd Australian Machine Gun Battalion during World War Two.

 

Location

Address:Fairbairn & Limestone Avenues, Australian War Memorial Sculpture Garden, Campbell, 2612
State:ACT
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -35.280169
Long: 149.147612
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

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2 / 3rd Australian Machine Gun Battalion

The 2 / 3rd Australian Machine Gun Battalion was formed on 17 June 1940 at Wayville, South Australia.  It embarked for the Middle East on 8 April 1941, trained in Palestine and fought in Lebanon and Syria.

The unit resisted the Japanese invasion of Java but on 8 March 1942, 710 officers and men were taken prisoner of war.  The survivors returned to Australia and the Battalion was reinforced.  The unit then served in New Guinea at Merauke and in the Aitape-Wewak campaign.

Lest We Forget

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