The 2/3rd Australian Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment was raised in Melbourne on 1 July 1940, trained at Werribee Racecourse, and embarked for the Middle East in December 1940. The Regiment was ultimately represented by a total of 1,935 servicemen who served with distinction in World War II, experiencing combat at Tobruk, Crete, the Western Desert, Syria, Port Moresby, Milne Bay, Lae, Buna and Borneo.
The Regiment experienced a high number of casualties through deaths, wounded and prisoners of war. In mid-1945 the Regiment Association was formed ‘to preserve the memory of fallen comrades, retain friendships made on service, the arrangement of functions and social occasions, and the giving of practical assistance to “ex-Regiment” men in cases of distress’. The Association continues to be active, with its current membership drawn from the descendants of the original members.
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