2/15th Battalion (Australia)

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2/15th Battalion
Australian 2-15th Battalion signallers at Sydney December 1940 (AWM photo 005560).jpg
Signallers from the 2/15th Battalion prior to embarkation on the Queen Mary in Sydney, December 1940
Active 1940–46
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

Unit Colour Patches 2-15th Battalion original unit colour patch.jpg 2 15th Battalion Australia Unit Colour Patch.png

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 While most of the 9th Division was withdrawn from Tobruk, during October 1942, the battalion remained and fought alongside the new garrison built around the British 70th Division.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.

Battle honours[edit]

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.[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 2004, p. 94.
  2. ^ a b "2/15th Battalion". Second World War, 1939–1945 units. Australian War Memorial. Retrieved 11 July 2012. 


Further reading[edit]

  • 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.