New Guinea Anniversaries

2013 marks the 70th anniversary of several significant events in New Guinea in which the 2/15th Battalion participated. The sketch is of the Scarlet Beach landing (from AWM site).

After returning from the Middle East battles of Tobruk and El Alamein, the 2/15th Battalion trained on the Atherton Tableland in preparation for a campaign in New Guinea.  As well training in jungle warfare using the doctrines developed by troops already in New Guinea, there was a lot of exercising in amphibious landings. This was to be used in the upcoming battles.  

After leaving North Queensland by ship, the battalion reached Milne Bay where they prepared for the first of its two beach landings on the north coast of New Guinea.  These were as follows:

 

 

This Red Beach landing, while unopposed, has been considered as being the first beach landing by Australian troops since Gallipoli.  The action is recognised on the Battalion Honours under "Lae-Nadzab".

    • 22 SeptemberLanding at Scarlet Beach near Finschhafen in 1943 along with the rest of the 20th Brigade of the 9th Division.

This Scarlet beach landing has been described as being the first opposed beach landing by Australian troops since Gallipoli.  The action is recognised on the battalion Honours as "Scarlet Beach". 

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