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2/3 Australian Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment brief history

2/3 Australian Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment brief history

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Published by David McDonald
This is a brief history of the World War 2 Australian artillery unit, the 2/3 Australian Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment. Much more information, including the Regiment's history 'Take Post', is online at www.antiaircraft.org.au .
This is a brief history of the World War 2 Australian artillery unit, the 2/3 Australian Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment. Much more information, including the Regiment's history 'Take Post', is online at www.antiaircraft.org.au .

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Published by: David McDonald on Aug 29, 2009
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Source:http://www.abc.net.au/wa/anzac/land.htm#23alaa accessed 03Sep07 
 ABC Western Australia, Anzac Day Ex-Services Contingent - Land Forces 2/3rd Australian Lt. A. A. Regt Association WA Branch as at 7/4/99
The Regiment came into existence on 18 July 1940 with the appointment of Major JW Rhoden 2/1c 2/2nd Medium Regiment as Commanding Officer 2/3rd Lt A.A.Regt.The appointment of other Senior Officers followed. At the end of July 1940, MajorRhoden was promoted to Lieutenant-Colonel. The men were recruited from receptionDepots at Geelong, Caulfield and Royal Park, Victoria. These drafts moved toWerribee Racecourse on 27 August 1940. Training as a Regiment began at once.2/3rd Regt. Consisted of three Batteries, 7, 8 and 9 plus RHQ W/Shops and SignalSection. The Regiment was to be equipped with Bofors Guns on arrival in the MiddleEast. These Guns fired a 2lb shell at the rate of 120 rounds per minute.The regiment embarked on HMT Maurentania at Port Melbourne on 29 December1940. The convoy arrived at Fremantle on 3 January 1941, leave was granted from0900 hrs to 2359 hrs. The Convoy sailed the following morning, Colombo wasreached on the 14th and following shore leave the regiment transferred to HMTDevonshire. On 30 January the regiment arrived at Haifa, the following daydisembarked and moved by train and bus to Kassa Camp, where the 2/16th InfantryBattalion had erected tents and had an evening meal waiting for the Regiment. On 6February 1941, 8th Battery moved out for Libya; this Battery had not been issuedwith any guns and on arrival at Tobruk had to make do with captured Italian 20mmBreda LtA.A. Guns. Useful Guns, but much inferior to the Bofors Gun.On 11 April 1941, 7 and 8 Batteries moved out of Kassa to join Lustre Force todefend Greece. Due to the rapid change in events in Greece, 7 Battery was ordered toCrete to take-over defence of British Air Bases on the island. 9 Battery was ordered tothe Western Desert to defend Air Bases in that area.At a later date 9 Battery plus one Troop of 7 Battery took part in the SyrianCampaign.Early in January 1941 the scattered elements of 3rd. Regt. were brought together atSuez Transit Camp, prior to embarking on various ships for return to Australia.Embarking began on 4 February and continued through to March.The main body of the Regiment embarked on the HMT Andes on 18 February; theAndes was a British passenger ship built just prior to the outbreak of war, and wasstill on her maiden voyage. The Andes reached Fremantle on 10 March 1942. WXnumbers were allowed overnight leave. On 15 March the Andes berthed at Adelaide.

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