Posted by Booksforever on October 26, 2014
The 2/29th (World War 2 Australian Unit) was part of the 8rd Division AIF and was formed in 1940 at Bonegilla (Victoria). After its basic training for several months; the 2/29th was transported (via ship) in July 1941 to Singapore. This journey was approx. 2 weeks. The Battalion continued more training in Malaya until the Japanese landed on the 7th December and made a fast advance to the Muar River (Johore).
The 2/29th Infantry Battalion along with 2/19th reinforcements were sent to give back-up to Indian forces who were vastly outnumbered and out-trained by the closing Japanese forces. Both Australian and Indian units were able to withdraw (within 2 days) due to the support from the 2/19th who was able to keep an escape route open long enough for them. Never-the-less the Japanese forces had now began to encircled the units so they made their way Yong Peng (23rd January). Wounded soldiers who couldn’t make the journey had to be left behind (later these wounded Soldiers were killed by the Japanese).
Only 130 2/29th members made it to the British lines. Reinforced with extra men, and only 2 days after reaching safety they were sent to Singapore Island and ordered back into battle only to be surrendered on the 15th February at the fall of Singapore. For over 3 years they became POWs of the Japanese.
Malaya 1941-42 – The Muar – Singapore Island – Johore.
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