24th Brigade (Australia)
The 24th Brigade was a brigade
A brigade is a major tactical military formation that is typically composed of two to five battalions, plus supporting elements depending on the era and nationality of a given army and could be perceived as an enlarged/reinforced regiment...

-sized infantry
Infantrymen are soldiers who are specifically trained for the role of fighting on foot to engage the enemy face to face and have historically borne the brunt of the casualties of combat in wars. As the oldest branch of combat arms, they are the backbone of armies...

 unit of the Australian Army
Australian Army
The Australian Army is Australia's military land force. It is part of the Australian Defence Force along with the Royal Australian Navy and the Royal Australian Air Force. While the Chief of Defence commands the Australian Defence Force , the Army is commanded by the Chief of Army...

. Formed on 1 July 1940 as part of the Second Australian Imperial Force
Second Australian Imperial Force
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, the unit was raised for service during World War II
World War II
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. Originally formed as part of the 8th Division the brigade was subsequently transferred to the newly created 9th Division in December. The brigade served during the Western Desert campaign
Western Desert Campaign
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, the landing at Lae
Landing at Lae
The Landing at Lae was an amphibous landing, as part of ', to the east of Lae in the Salamaua-Lae campaign of World War II between 4–6 September 1943....

, the Huon Peninsula campaign
Huon Peninsula campaign
The Huon Peninsula campaign was a series of battles in the New Guinea campaign of the Second World War. Australian forces assaulted Japanese bases on the Huon Peninsula....

 and the Labuan landings. It was disbanded in 1946.


The brigade was formed in July 1940 as part of the 8th Division for service in Egypt
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Attached units

  • 2/25th Battalion to 25th Brigade
    25th Brigade (Australia)
    The 25th Brigade was a brigade-sized infantry unit of the Australian Army that served during the Second World War. Raised in July 1940 and consisting of three infantry battalions, the 25th Brigade served in the United Kingdom, the Middle East, New Guinea and Borneo before being disbanded in...

  • 2/28th Battalion
  • 2/43rd Battalion
    2/43rd Battalion (Australia)
    The 2/43rd Battalion was an infantry battalion of the Australian Army. Raised in July 1940 in South Australia as part of the 24th Brigade, the unit saw service in the Middle East in 1941–42, taking part in the fighting at Tobruk and El Alamein before returning to Australia early in 1943. In 1943–44...

  • 2/32nd Battalion from 25th Brigade

Commanding officers

  • Brigadier
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     Eric Plant
  • Brigadier Arthur Godfrey
  • Brigadier Bernard Evans
  • Brigadier Selwyn Porter
    Selwyn Porter
    Major General Selwyn Havelock Watson Craig Porter CBE, DSO was an Australian Army officer and chief commissioner of Victoria Police.-Early life:...

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