2/15th Battalion (Australia)

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2/15th Battalion
Active 1940–1946
Country  Australia
Branch Australian Army
Type Infantry
Size ~800–900 personnel[Note 1]
Part of 20th Brigade, 7th Division
20th Brigade, 9th Division

World War II

The 2/15th Battalion was an infantry battalion of the Australian Army, which served during the Second World War. Formed in May 1940 from primarily Queensland volunteers, the battalion served in North Africa in 1941–42 as part of the 20th Brigade, which was assigned to the 7th Division, before being reassigned to the 9th Division. In early 1943 the battalion returned to Australia and later took part in campaigns against the Japanese in New Guinea in 1943–44 and Borneo in 1945, before being disbanded in 1946.

Battle honours[edit]

The 2/28th Battalion received the following battle honours:

  • North Africa 1941-42, El Adem Road, Alam el Halfa, West Point 23, Finschhafen, Scarlet Beach, Bumi River, Defence of Scarlet Beach, Nongora, Borneo, Brunei, Miri, Defence of Tobruk, The Salient 1941, El Alamein, South-West Pacific 1943-45, Lae-Nadzab, Liberation of Australian New Guinea and Sio.[2]

Commanding officers[edit]

The following officers served as commanding officer of the 2/15th:[2]

  • Raymond James Barham;
  • Colin Henry Grace;
  • Charles Keith Massy Magno;
  • Robert Francis Marlan; and
  • Robert William George Ogle.


  1. ^ By the start of World War II, the authorised strength of an Australian infantry battalion was 910 men all ranks, however, later in the war it fell to 803.[1]
  1. ^ Palazzo 2003, p. 6.
  2. ^ a b "2/15th Battalion". Australian War Memorial. Retrieved 11 July 2012. 


Further reading[edit]

  • Austin, Ronald J. (Ronald James), 1936-; 2/15th Battalion, AIF, Remembrance Club (1995), Let enemies beware! : "Caveant hostes" : the history of the 2/15th Battalion, 1940-1945 / Ronald J. Austin, The 2/15th Battalion, AIF, Remembrance Club in association with Slouch Hat Publications