President’s Report 2016
2016 marks the 75thanniversary of the departure of the 2nd/3rdAustralian Light Anti -Aircraft Regiment from Fremantle and its arrival in Haifa, Palestine.
The Regiment embarked on HMT Mauretania at Port Melbourne on 29 December 1940. The convoy arrived at Fremantle on 3 January 1941, reaching Colombo on the 14th January where the Regiment transferred to HMT Devonshire. On 30 January the Regiment arrived at Haifa, Egypt, and on the following day disembarked and moved by train and bus to Kassa Camp, where the 2nd/16th Infantry Battalion had erected tents and had an evening meal waiting for them. On 6 February 1941, 8th Battery moved out for Libya; this Battery had not been issued with any guns and on arrival at Tobruk had to make do with captured Italian 20mm Breda Lt A.A. Guns.
On 11 April 1941, 7th and 9th Batteries moved out of Kassa (with Bofors guns) to join Lustre Force to defend Greece. Due to the rapid change in events in Greece, 7th Battery was ordered to Crete to defend British air bases on the island, and 9th Battery was ordered to the Western Desert to defend air bases in that area.