Monthly Archives: March 2016

The Lead-up to Balikpapan – the 2/3rd Australian Commando Squadron.

On the 1st of July, 1945, the Seventh Australian Division landed at the Japanese-occupied former Dutch town and port of Balikpapan, Borneo, for Operation Oboe One. It was one of the largest Australian amphibious operations of the war. The 2/3rd Australian Commando Squadron, one third of the 2/7th Australian Cavalry Commando Regiment and commanded by Major Peter Tancred,

Australian Commandos on Bougainville – Extract No.2 from “Commando White Diamond” by Don Astill.

The 2/8th Australian Commando Squadron, under the command of the much respected Major Norm Winning, was the only such Australian unit to fight with the infantry on the island of Bougainville in the Second World War in the Pacific. Don Astill wrote a history of the squadron, and following is an extract. “At first light on 25 April