The following officers served as commanding officer of the 7th Division: Hammana, Lebanon. The 7th Division Cavalry Regiment was formed in April 1940, mainly with men who were from New South Wales and Queensland, as the Victorians and South Australians with the regiment were released to form the basis of the 8th Division Cavalry Regiment. [56] Finally, in May 1945, the division received orders to deploy overseas again and by 19 June they arrived on Morotai Island, where they began to prepare for operations in Borneo, as part of Operation Oboe. The regiment lost its vehicles and became the administrative headquarters for the 2/7th, 2/9th, and 2/10th Commando Squadrons. Information provided on this website is prepared by the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) for general information only and does not provide professional advice on a particular matter. [25] Of these men, four were killed, while 206 became prisoners of war. The 9th Division would carry out an amphibious landing to the east of the town—the first large scale seaborne landing by an Australian formation since the Gallipoli campaign in 1915—while the 7th Division would be flown into the recently secured Nadzab airfield, to the west of Lae. 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Description. Giropa Point, Papua. Memorial commemorating the memory of all who served with the 7th Australian Division AIF in world War II, 1939-1945. [9], In December 1941, as Japanese forces advanced rapidly in South East Asia, it was decided that the 6th and 7th Divisions were needed to defend Australia. 2 September 1941. Disembarked — 15 Mar 1942 — Adelaide. [13] Both brigades advanced in two columns. This was done in stages, with the divisional headquarters disbanding in January–February, and the division's component units disbanding between December 1945 and March 1946. [62] This brought an end to the main combat operations, although the Australians continued patrol operations and minor clashes continued until the war ended in August. By February, following an attack on Crater Hill, the main Japanese positions had been captured and shortly afterwards, elements of the 7th Division began to return to Australia. It was formed in February 1940 to serve in World War II, as part of the Second Australian Imperial Force (2nd AIF). [45] On 11 October, a single platoon from the 2/14th Battalion destroyed a Japanese company at Pallier's Hill[46] before a counterattack by 500 Japanese troops on the 2/27th's positions on John's Knoll and Trevor's Ridge was turned back on 12 October. The 7th Division was an infantry division of the Australian Army. A huge surge of enlistments—48,496 in June 1940—provided enough personnel to fill not only the recently formed 7th Division, but also to form the 8th and 9th Divisions as well, and the government ordered units to the United Kingdom to assist in its defence. The 18th Brigade rejoined the division in September, taking up defensive positions around Aleppo, to defend against a possible invasion by German forces through Turkey. 0 Reviews. [15] On 21 June, the 2/25th Battalion entered Damascus and Fort Khiam and its adjacent village, were re-occupied by the Australians. ... [Australian Mounted Division Train] Part of the 17th Brigade of the 6th Australian Division, the 2/7th Battalion opened its headquarters at the Royal Melbourne Showgrounds on 25 October 1939. [9], Members of the 2/25th Battalion in Beirut, September 1941, Meanwhile, the rest of the 7th Division formed the backbone of the Allied invasion of Lebanon and Syria; with British, Indian and Free French forces defeating Vichy French land forces in the Middle East in June and July. [59] The initial landing took place on the southern coast on 1 July,[60] with the 18th and 21st Brigades conducting the assault while the 25th Brigade remained at sea in reserve. It later took part in the ANZAC landing on 25 April 1915, as part of the second wave. [12] In the actions around Tobruk, the division suffered 135 killed, 507 wounded and 29 captured. A comprehensive textual and photographic history of the Australian 7th division which fought with distinction in North Africa, New Guinea and the Pacific in the second World War. [44], Throughout October a number of battles were fought. The 20th and 26th Brigades were transferred to the 9th Division and in exchange the division received the 18th and 25th Brigades. [22] Spread across five convoys, the division's return was staggered. The 20th and 26th Brigades were transferred to the 9th Division and in exchange the division received the 18th and 25th Brigades. In early January 1942, the division moved from Syria, where they had been undertaking garrison duties, to Palestine. Lieutenant Arthur Roden Cutler, of the 2/5th Field Regiment, received the decoration for his exploits in June at Merdjayoun and in early July in the Damour area where he was seriously wounded. The 9th Division was the fourth AIF division raised, being formed in the United Kingdom in late 1940. Tobruk - Syria - Egypt - Milne Bay Kokoda Track - Buna - Gona Sanananda - Ramu Valley - Shaggy Ridge - Lae Finschhafen - Balikpapan. (Photographer: George Silk). 7th Australian Division Matilda Tank in Action at Balikpapan 1945 Site statistics: Photos of World War II: over 26800 aircraft: 63 models tanks: 59 models vehicles: 59 models guns: 3 models units: 2 ships: 47 WW2 battlefields - 12 weapon models: - equipment: - people: - books in reference section: over 500 [33] Corporal John French, from the 2/9th Battalion, was awarded a posthumous VC for his actions on 4 September 1942. [6], In February 1941, following the division's deployment to the Middle East, further changes in the division's composition occurred.