2/15TH BATTALION
SECOND AIF
IN AUSTRALIA DURING WW2

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The 2/15th Battalion was formed at Redbank in Brisbane on 1 May 1940. Along with the 2/13th Battalion and the 2/17th Battalion it formed the 20th Brigade in the Seventh Division of the Second AIF.

The 2/15th Battalion moved to Darwin in the Northern Territory in July 1940 to take on the role of Garrison Duty until October 1940 when they returned to Brisbane. They then moved to Sydney and left for Egypt on 28 December 1940.

They travelled via Colombo and arrived in Egypt in February 1941. They served at Tobruk and Palestine Hill 69 and then redeployed to Syria for rest and recovery and training. They then moved to El Alamein. They left Egypt for Australia on 25 January 1943.

The 2/15th arrived in Sydney on 27 February 1943 and moved northwards arriving on the Atherton Tablelands on 2 April 1943 where they undertook intensive jungle training. They arrived at Milne Bay in Papua New Guinea on 3 August 1943 where they trained in amphibious landings.

After taking part in landings at Lae and Finchshafen they arrived back in Brisbane on 10 March 1944. They returned to the Atherton Tablelands for more training. They landed at Brunei Bay in Borneo on 10 June 1945. After the war had finished they arrived back at Brett's Wharf in Brisbane on 19 December 1945.

2/15th Battalion was disbanded at the Chermside Army barracks on the northern outskirts of Brisbane on 21 January 1946.

 

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