2/1st Machine Gun Battalion (Australia)

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2/1st Machine Gun Battalion
Active 1939–1946
Country  Australia
Branch Australian Army
Type Infantry
Role Direct fire support
Part of 6th Division
7th Division

World War II

The 2/1st Machine Gun Battalion was formed on 14 December 1939 as part of the 6th Division and served in England, Greece, Crete and Papua New Guinea before becoming part of the 7th Division and serving in Borneo. The battalion was disbanded on 26 January 1946.[1] Horrie the Wog Dog was the battalion's unofficial mascot.


The following officers served as commanding officer of the 2/1st Machine Gun Battalion:[2]

  • Lieutenant Colonel Claude Esdaile Prior (1939–1940);
  • Lieutenant Colonel Cyril Henwood Fidock (1941–1942);
  • Lieutenant Colonel Thomas Neil Gooch;
  • Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Graham Keith Haupt (1944–1945).


  1. ^ "2/1st Machine Gun Battalion". Second World War, 1939–1945 units. Australian War Memorial. Retrieved 30 January 2014. 
  2. ^ "2/1st Machine Gun Battalion: Unit Appointments". Orders of Battle.com. Retrieved 14 April 2011. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Hocking, Philip (1997). The Long Carry—A History of the 2/1st Australian Machine Gun Battalion, 1939–1946. Melbourne. ISBN 0-646-30817-3.