• Tobruk

    The Battalion was part of the 9th Division's defence of Tobruk. The front page picture comes from the AWM collection.

    See this link for some information on the 70th Anniversary Commemeration in Melbourne on 3 April 2011.

    The following pages have some information and links to the Siege of Tobruk.

    • Tobruk Memorials in Australia

      These are links to sites where there are details of memorials to the Siege of Tobruk in Australia.  
      There are quite a few in this list, and there are probably many other memorials - eg in street names, and localities.  Happy to add them.

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    • Miscellaneous
  • El Alamein
    • Bulimba

      The key image on the front page comes from the AWM site. It is identified as ART27559.

      Tel el Eisa; 2/15th Australian Infantry Battalion; QX5634 Corporal Horton Ford McLachlan (later Sergeant, DCM) 2/15 Btn 2 AIF, unidentified Australian and German soldiers; Operation, Battle of Alam el Halfa, North African campaign

    • Battle of El Alamein
    • Memorials

      There are surprisingly few formal memorials to this battle. The major one is that in Kings Cross, Sydney.

  • New Guinea

    The Battalion was involved in two New Guinea landings - one unopposed at Red Beach, and one opposed at Scarlet Beach. Then it was involved in heavy fighting through the Huon Peninsular before returning to Australia to recover and reequip before the Borneo Campaign.
    These links help understand the campaign in New Guinea.  This is a work in progress.

  • Borneo

    The Battalion was part of major amphibious landings by the 9th Division in Borneo.  It fought there until it returned to Australia for demobilisation in 1945.  

    These links are a start towards understanding the events, but obviously there is more to be collected and uploaded. Note that the Battalion History does have quite a lot of detail already.

  • Companion Units

    The Battalion served with, and was supported by, many other units both army and naval. This is a list of some of them.

    • Army

      The 2/15th Bn, the 2/13th Bn and the 2/17th Bn were all part of the 20th Brigade, so their individual experiences were very similar.  Their various histories show different perspectives on the exploits of the 2/15th Bn.

      The 20th Brigade joined with others to make up the 9th Division - infantry, artillery, support etc.  Some of their unit histories are linked here for the same reason as above.

      The 62nd Bn is linked here as it provided a significant number of reinforcement to the Battalion in 1944. The 66th Bn is significant as many 2/15th Bn members joined it at the completion of hostilities and served in the occupation forces in Japan.

    • Ships

      These are links to a number of naval and maritime vessels that supported and/or transported the 2/15th Bn to and from Darwin, the Middle East, New Guinea and finally Borneo. 

      Some of these links are simply because the ships are named after significant actions in which the 2/15th Bn participated.