The Royal New South Wales Lancers

Battle Honour 1st RNSWL

South West Pacific 1942-1945

The Honour “South West Pacific 1942-1945” is a theatre Battle Honour. It notes that the Regiment took part in campaigns and battles that halted the Japanese armed forces before their land forces reached the Australian Mainland, then forced them back until the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki forced Japan to surrender.

The Regiment was involved in two major campaigns the Liberation of Australian New Guinea and the Assault on Borneo. The Regiment used its Matilda tanks in the jungle terrain of New Guinea, tanks that by then had proven to be inadequate in open warfare, providing the infantry with invaluable close fire support. In the Borneo assault, a campaign that was cut short by the Japanese surrender, the Matildas again proved their worth as infantry support in close jungle country; the tank crews fighting the terrain just as hard as the valiant and determined enemy.

Following the hyperlinks will take you to descriptions of the campaigns and the individual battles.

John Howells 2001

Liberation of Australian New Guinea Borneo Location Map

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