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02-April-2011
02-April-2011

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The plaque commemorates those who served in the 2nd / 8th Australian Field Regiment during World War Two. The plaque location is indicated by a red poppy in the second image. 

The 2/8th Field Regiment was an Australian Army field artillery regiment that was raised for service during the Second World War as part of the all-volunteer Second Australian Imperial Force. Composed mainly of soldiers from the states of Victoria and Tasmania, the regiment was one of three field artillery regiments that were assigned to the Australian 9th Division during the war, and during its war service it saw action in North Africa in 1941–42, being heavily involved in the First and Second Battles of El Almein between July and November 1942 before returning to Australian in 1943, as the Australian government rebalanced its land forces to face the threat in the Pacific. Nevertheless, the regiment did not see action again until mid-1945 when it was committed to the brief Borneo campaign. It was disbanded in early 1946 at the conclusion of hostilities.

 

Location

Address:Fairbairn & Limestone Avenues, Captain Reg Saunders Courtyard, Australian War Memorial, 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

Actual Monument Dedication Date:Friday 25th August, 2006
Front Inscription

Dedicated to the men of the 
2 / 8th AUSTRALIAN FIELD REGIMENT
ROYAL AUSTRALIAN ARTILLERY

The regiment, a unit of the 9th Division, served in the 
Middle East and Borneo during 1939-45.

MIDDLE EAST      BORNEO
Mersa Matruh       Brunei
Halfaya Pass        Muara Island
Tel el Eisa             Miri
El Alamein             Seria

    LEST WE FORGET

 

Source: MA
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