Colour Patch - 2/3rd Australian Commando Squadron
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Colour Patch - 2/3rd Australian Commando Squadron - Now a scarce and highly desirable commando colour patch.
Having completed its training at Foster on Wilson’s Promontory, Victoria, the 2/3rd Independent Company travelled north to Katherine, in the Northern Territory. Following Japan’s entry into the war, as with the 1st and 2nd Independent Companies that were sent to New Britain and Timor, in December 1941, the 2/3rd was sent to New Caledonia.
The 2/3rd was to only garrison New Caledonia as a temporary measure, until they could be relieved by a much larger American division. When the Americans arrived though, the US divisional commander was so impressed with the independent company type of training that he sought to retain the 2/3rd so they could retrain his division. When the 2/3rd was withdrawn and returned to Australia at the start of August 1942, the divisional commander sought the retention of the 2/3rd’s commander, Major George Matheson and he was promoted to lieutenant-colonel.
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