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2nd  28th Australian Infantry Battalion
2nd 28th Australian Infantry Battalion

The plaque commemorates those who served with the 2nd / 28th Australian Infantry Battalion during World War Two. The plaque location is indicated by a red poppy in the second image. 

The 2/28th Battalion was an infantry battalion of the Australian Army, which served during the Second World War. Formed in mid-1940 from Western Australian volunteers, the battalion served in North Africa in 1941–42 as part of the 24th Brigade, which was assigned to the 9th Division. The battalion's first major engagement came during the Siege of Tobruk, where the battalion carried out defensive duties as part of the garrison for over six months before being withdrawn by sea. After undertaking occupation duties in Syria and Lebanon, the 2/28th took part in the First Battle of El Alamein in mid-1942 during which it was heavily depleted, and had to be rebuilt prior to its commitment to the Second Battle of El Alamein later in the year. In early 1943, the battalion returned to Australia and later took part in campaigns against the Japanese in New Guinea in 1943–44, where it was committed to capturing Lae, and then clearing the Huon Peninsula, and then retaking Borneo in 1945. After the war, the battalion was disbanded in early 1946.

Location

Address:Fairbairn & Limestone Avenues, Eastern Precinct, Australian War Memorial , Campbell, 2612
State:ACT
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -35.28127
Long: 149.148974
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:Conflict
Sub-Theme:WW2

Dedication

Actual Monument Dedication Date:Friday 22nd October, 2010
Front Inscription

2 / 28th INFANTRY BATTALION
24th BRIGADE, 9th DIVISION, AIF
             1940 - 1945
Dedicated To Those Who Served, And To The
Memory Of Those Who Died On Active Service

            Lest We Forget
Defence of Tobruk  Defence of El Alamein Line
     Qattara Track         El Alamein
Lae-Nadzab     Buso River       Finschaffen
Siki Cove         Borneo              Labuan 
 

Source: MA
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