All The King’s Enemies: A History of the 2/5 Australian Infantry Battalion


by Syd Trigellis-Smith

The title, ‘All the King’s Enemies’ has a special significance, because 2/5th Australian Infantry Battalion and 2/3rd Battalion, were the only two to be in action against all the King’s enemies during World War Two.

Raised in Melbourne in October 1939 as part of 17 Brigade, 6 Division, the 2/5th sailed for the Middle East in April 1940 and took part in Australia’s first battle at Bardia in 1941. They were still in action in New Guinea when the war finished. Nearly 3000 young men served with the battalion during six years of war including 49 sets of brothers and one father and son.



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ISBN: 9780731610204

A History of 2/5 Australian Infantry Battalion 1939 -1945

The 2/5th's soldiers fought the campaigns in Libya against the Italians, in Greece against the Germans, in Syria against the Vichy French and in New Guinea against the Japanese.                              


New laminated hard cover, 435 pages, lists of Battle Honours, Nominal Roll, Illustrations and maps