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The plaque commemorates those who served with the 2nd / 5th Australian Infantry Battalion during World War Two. 

The plaque location is indicated by a red poppy in the second image. 

The Battalion 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. 



Address:Fairbairn & Limestone Avenues, Australian War Memorial Sculpture Garden, Campbell, 2612
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -35.279626
Long: 149.147118
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:Conflict
Actual Event Start Date:18-October-1939
Approx. Event End Date:February-1946


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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