2/15th Battalion (Australia)
Signallers from the 2/15th Battalion prior to embarkation on the Queen Mary in Sydney, December 1940
|Size||~800–900 personnel[Note 1]|
|Part of||20th Brigade, 7th Division
20th Brigade, 9th Division
|Unit Colour Patches|
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. While most of the 9th Division was withdrawn from Tobruk, during October 1942, the battalion remained and fought alongside the new garrison built around the British 70th Division. Following the lifting of the siege, the battalion returned to Australia during 1943. It later took part in campaigns against the Japanese in New Guinea in 1943–44 and Borneo in 1945, before being disbanded in 1946.
The 2/15th 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.
- Raymond James Barham;
- Colin Henry Grace;
- Charles Keith Massy Magno;
- Robert Francis Marlan; and
- Robert William George Ogle.
- 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.
- Palazzo, Albert (2004). "Organising for Jungle Warfare". In Dennis, Peter; Grey, Jeffrey. The Foundations of Victory: The Pacific War 1943–1944. Canberra, Australian Capital Territory: Army History Unit. pp. 86–101. ISBN 978-0-646-43590-9.
- Austin, Ronald (1995). Let Enemies Beware! "Caveant Hostes": The History of the 2/15th Battalion, 1940–1945. The 2/15th Battalion, AIF, Remembrance Club in association with Slouch Hat Publications.