A Proud and Worthy History

What a buzz!

It may only take up one line in the history of my unit as set out below, but my time with 2RAR is something I look upon with great pride.  A bond between men forged under combat is something very few human beings will ever experience.  People may say they can understand the bond but they fail to fully understand it because we see no need in shouting it from the roof tops.  Those that big note themselves in pubs especially after remembrance ceremonies are phoneys.  They haven't experienced actual combat, for if they had, they would say nothing.  For that is part of the magic of the bond built under combat.  We say nothing because we don't have to.


Battalion 66th Birthday
Today we salute the Second Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment raised 66 years ago today in 1945.
Serving today in Afghanistan.
Second to None.
South West Pacific 1945
2 RAR had its origins as 66 Aust Inf Bn, which was raised on 16 Oct 45 at Labuan in Borneo before joining 34 Aust Inf Bde on the island of Morotai in the Molluccas archipelago of Indonesia.
Volunteers for the Battalion came mostly from men of the 9th Division,2nd AIF.
Japan 1946-1948
The Battalion participated in the occupation of Japan as part of 34 Aust Inf Bde from Feb 46 to Dec 48. The 66th Battalion was stationed at Hiro during this time but was also temporarily garrisoned at Tokyo and Ebisu as part of its occupation duties.
On 23 Nov 48 the 66th Battalion became the 2nd Battalion, The Australian Regiment.
Australia 1948-1953
In Dec 48 the unit returned to Australia and was located at Puckapunyal in Victoria. The Battalion became the 2nd Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment on 10 Mar 49 with approval being given to add the prefix 'Royal' to the existing title. 2 RAR remained at Puckapunyal until Mar 53 as part of 1 Indep Inf Bde Gp. It was responsible for the training of recruits from the Southern States; and later, recruits for the Battalions fighting in Korea.
Chronology 1945 - 2012
66th Bn AMF, 2nd Bn AR, 2nd Bn RAR and 2/4th Bn RAR


16 Oct 1945

66th Australian Infantry Battalion

Labuan, North Borneo

Feb 1946 – Dec 1948

66th Australian Infantry Battalion, British Commonwealth Occupation Force

Hiro, Japan

23 Nov 1948

2nd Battalion, The Australian Regiment

Hiro, Japan

10 Mar 1949

2nd Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment

Puckapunyal, Victoria

Mar 1953 – Apr 1954

28 BRITCOM Brigade 

1 COMWEL Division

Korea

Apr 1954 – Oct 1955

1 Independent Infantry Brigade Group

Enoggera, Queensland

Oct 1955 – Oct 1957

28 Commonwealth Infantry Brigade

Perak State, Malaya

Oct 1957 – Apr 1960

Apr-1960 – 1 Jun 1961

1 Independent Infantry Brigade Group

2 RAR Pentropic Battalion, 1 Pentropic Division

Holsworthy, NSW

Oct 1961 – Aug 1963

28 Commonwealth Infantry Brigade

Perak State and Terendak Malaya/Malaysia

Aug 1963 – 6 Jun 1965

2 RAR Pentropic Battalion, 1 Pentropic Division

Enoggera, Queensland

May 1967 – Jun 1968

2RAR

2 RAR/NZ (ANZAC) Battalion
(from 27 January 1968)

Nui Dat, Vietnam

May 1970 – May 1971

2 RAR/NZ (ANZAC) Battalion

Nui Dat, Vietnam

15th Aug 1973

2 RAR and 4 RAR link to form 2/4 RAR

Townsville, Queensland

Jan 1993 – May 1993

OP SOLACE - 52 2/4 RAR soldiers transferred to 1 RAR Bn Group

Somalia

1992 – 1993

OP GEMINI – UNTAC – 2 rotations to Cambodia of about 12 individuals from 2/4 RAR to Force Communications Unit UNTAC (FCU UNTAC)

Cambodia

May 1993 – Jun 1993

OP GEMINI –  UNTAC – 12 Pl, D Coy, 2/4 RAR

Cambodia

Aug 1994 – Feb 1995

OP TAMAR – UNAMIR II - A Coy, 2/4 RAR

Kigali, Rwanda

1st Feb 1995

2/4 RAR delink to form 2 RAR, and 4 RAR (Holsworthy, NSW)

Townsville, Queensland, Malaysia and Rwanda

Feb 1995 – Aug 1995

OP TAMAR – UNAMIR II – B Coy, 2 RAR

Kigali, Rwanda

Sep 1999 – Jan 2000

OP WARDEN – INTERFET – 2nd Bn Group

East Timor

Oct 2001 – Apr 2002

OP TANAGER – UNTAET – 2nd Bn Group AUSBATT V

East Timor

Jul 2003 – Nov 2003

OP ANODE – RAMSI – BHQ, Spt, C Coy, plus D Coy CHQ plus 10 Pl with Tongan Pl and Papuan Pl to form Pacific Islands Coy

Solomon Islands

Nov 2003 – May 2004

OP ANODE – RAMSI  - B Coy CHQ and 6 Pl as part of RESFOR Coy

Solomon Islands

May 2004 – Nov 2004

OP ANODE – RAMSI  - A Coy CHQ and 2 Pl as part of RESFOR Coy

Solomon Islands

Apr 2003 – Sep 2004

OP CATALYST – SECDET I - 4 PL, B Coy, 2 RAR

Iraq

Sep 2003 – Jan 2004

OP CATALYST – SECDET II – 1 Pl, A Coy, 2 RAR

Iraq

Apr 2006 – Nov 2006

OP ASTUTE – Battle Group Faithful (3 RAR)  - C and D(Spt) Coy of 2 RAR & other individual 2 RAR elements

Timor Leste

May 2006 – Dec 2006

OP CATALYST - Al Muthanna Task Group (AMTG 3)  & Overwatch Battle Group West (OBGW 1) - Battle Group Samichon – BHQ &  A Coy of 2 RAR

Iraq

Oct 2007 – Mar 2008

OP ASTUTE - Timor Leste Battle Group 3 (TLBG 3) – Battle Group Samichon – BHQ, Admin, A, B and D(SPT) Coy’s of 2 RAR

Timor Leste

Oct 2007 – Apr 2008

Op SLIPPER – Reconstruction Task Force  (RTF 3) – Combat Team Spear –  C Coy, 2 RAR

Afghanistan

May 2009 – Feb 2010

OP KRUGER – SECDET XII – 4 Pl, B Coy, 2 RAR

Iraq

May 2009 – Mar 2010

OP ASTUTE – Timor Leste Battle Group 3 (TLBG 3) – Battle Group Samichon – BHQ, Admin, A & C Coy 2 RAR

Timor Leste

24th Jun11 -

2RAR Mentoring Task Force 3 Battle Group. (2RAR MTF-3)

Afghanistan

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