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02-April-2011
02-April-2011

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

The 2/2nd Battalion was an infantry battalion of the Australian Army raised for service as part of the all-volunteer Second Australian Imperial Force during World War Two. Raised in October 1939, the battalion was deployed to the Middle East and in early 1941 took part in the first ground action undertaken by Australian troops during the war during the Battle of Bardia before helping to capture Tobruk. In April, the battalion briefly fought in Greece, before being evacuated after the Allied forces were overwhelmed by German forces. Some members of the battalion took part in the Battle of Crete, after which the battalion undertook garrison duties in Syria. In mid-1942, the 2/2nd undertook defensive duties in Ceylon before returning to Australia. They subsequently took part in the fighting against the Japanese along the Kokoda Track and then around Buna-Gona. After a period of reorganisation and training in Australia throughout 1943–44, late in the war the battalion was committed to the Aitape-Wewak campaign before being disbanded in early 1946 after the war.

Location

Address:Fairbairn & Limestone Avenues, Captain Reg Saunders Courtyard, Australian War Memorial, Campbell, 2612
State:ACT
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -35.280525
Long: 149.148449
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:Wednesday 25th October, 2006
Front Inscription

        Nulli Secundus               6th Division

In Memory Of Those Who Served With 
 2 / 2nd AUSTRALIAN INFANTRY BATTALION AIF
                   1939 - 1946

          North Africa 1940-41  
         Bardia, Capture of Tobruk
              Greece-Crete 1941  
Tempe Gorge,  Mount Olympus
South-West Pacific-Papua 1942  
Kokoda Trail, Eora Creek-Templeton`s Crossing,
Oivi-Gorari, Sanananda Road, Buna-Gona
Liberation of Australia New Guinea 1944-45  
         But-Dagua, Hawain River

            LEST WE FORGET

 

Source: MA
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