Crossed Boomerangs: A History of all the 31 Battalions

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Media: BOOK - hardcover, 628 pages
Author: R. Burla
Year: 2005
ISBN: 9781876439675
Other: b&w photos, maps, appendixes, indexes
Publisher: Australian Military History Publications

The 31st Infantry Battalion has existed in one form or another for over a century and has suffered various re-organisations and titles throughout its long history.

However, its link with North Queensland has remained constant since 1885, with members serving in the Boer War, then the 31st Battalion in World War One, 2/31st Battalion and 31/51st Battalion in World War Two. Other men, who first served in the Battalion, wen on to serve with distinction in other units and conflicts.

During the two World Wars, while serving with the Battalion, Private Patrick Budgen and Private James Gordon both earned a Victoria Cross, while ex-member, WO Keith Payne deployed with 'The Team' in Vietnam, was also awarded a VC.

The spirit of the 31st inspired generation after generation of young men to share in the ethos of service to the Battalion and Australia. 

This book was written by Robert Burla as a 10-part series of 'Historical Journals' which became the basis for the most detailed history of all the 31st Battalions, covering over 100 years. This book records the long history of the 31st Battalion, and the men who served in it - the sons of North Queensland. 

Battle Honours
Regimental Crest and Motto
About the Author
1. The Genesis of the Regiment 1880-1886
2. 3 Queensland (Kennedy) Regiment 1885-1902
3. In the Commonwealth Army 1900-1914
4. North Queensland Expeditionary Force WW1
5. 31 Australian Infantry Battalion (AIF) WW1
6. Sons of the Kennedy Regiment, WW1
7. Between the Wars 1919-1940
8. Defending Cape York WW2
9. 31/51 Battalion at Merauke
10. 31/51 Battalion - The First Bougainville Campaign
11. 31/51 Battalion - The Numa Numa Struggle
12. 2/31 Australian Infantry Battalion (AIF) - Formation in England
13. 2/31 Battalion - The Middle East
14. 2/31 Battalion - The Pacific War
15. 2/31 Battalion - The Kokoda Track
16. 2/31 Battalion - The Battles in North Papua
17. 2/31 Battalion - Home and Reinforcement
18. 2/31 Battalion - Return to new Guinea
19. 2/31 Battalion - Markham and Remu Valley
20. 2/31 Battalion - Strathpine to Morotai
21. 2/31 Battalion - Balikpapan
22. 2/31 Battalion Epilogue
23. 31 Battalion - Royal Queensland Regiment 1946-1960
24. C-Company, 2 Battalion - Pentropic Era 1960-1965
25. 31 Battalion Royal Queensland Regt
Appendix 1. Bibliography
Appendix 2. Glossary and Abbreviations
Appendix 3. Heroes of the Battalion (Honour Rolls and Rolls of Honour)
Appendix 4. Honoured Sons of the Battalion
Appendix 5. Manning Before Federation
Appendix 6. Manning 1900-1919
Appendix 7. Manning 1919-1945
Appendix 8. Manning 1945-1974
Appendix 9. 2/31 Battalion - Some memories of 3 Platoon
Appendix 10. Newsletter and Brief History of 31/51 Battalion
Index - Names
Index - General
Index - Units 

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