Raised in May 1942, 2/6 Independent Company trained at the Guerrilla Warfare
School on Wilson's Promontory, Victoria. Allotted the distinctive Double Diamond
colour patch of all Independent Companies, its unit colour was purple, hence the
title "The Purple Devils".
In 1943 the name was changed to Cavalry Commando Squadron and coon after to
As well as being a highly efficient fighting unit, the men were experts in
long-range patrolling and reconnaissance and spent much of their time in small
groups operating in territory effectively under enemy control.
Four major campaigns were undertaken between 1942 and 1945: operating on the
flanks of the Kokoda Track, at Buna with the Americans, in the Markham-Ramu
Valleys with 7 Division and finally at Balikpapan in Borneo.
Not only did the men have to contend with the enemy forces and the
inhospitable country, but also the lack of supplies and the isolation, much of
the time out of touch with main forces and entirely dependent on their own
resources. This them, is their story ...
1. From the beginning to battle: Australia-New Guinea, May-September 1942
2. Into the wild blue yonder: A Patrol, September-December 1942
3. Hardly a holiday: D Patrol, September-November 1942
4. To guard the tracks: B and C Patrols, September-October 1942
5. Watching for the enemy: F Patrol, 13 September-7 October 1942
6. Just a hard slog: E Patrol, Engineers, Honner Force, September 1942
7. Scrub-bashing: Wanigela to Buna, 14 October-20 November 1942
8. Into the jaws of death: Buna, November-December 1942
9. Interlude: Soputa-Port Moresby, December 1942
10. All on their own: Bena Bena Patrol, January-July 1943
11. At last a respite: Australia, January-September 1943
12. Fighting as a squadron: Markham, Kaiapit, Ramu, September 1943-March 1944
13. Waiting for what?: Australia-Morotai, May 1944-June 1945
14. Same war - new country: Borneo, July-November 1945
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