Category: 4th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment

Categories: Australian Army, Vietnam War | Royal Australian Infantry | 2nd Commando Regiment, Australia

The 4th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment (4 RAR) was an Australian Army infantry battalion and part of the Royal Australian Regiment, raised on 1st February 1964 (it was stated that this was a new battalion and not a resurrection of the 4 RAR that was raised in 1952 as 'Depot Company, Royal Australian Regiment' and eventually evolved in to the Infantry Centre). This was the first time a regular infantry battalion had been raised on Australian soil. The battalion subsequently served in Malaysia as part of the Far East Strategic Reserve from August 1965 – September 1967, and saw active service in Borneo against the Indonesian army during the Indonesia-Malaysia confrontation; it suffered five fatalities in Borneo, though only one man had been killed in action. The battalion began its first tour of Vietnam on 1 June 1968, relieving 2 RAR. It was joined by two companies from the Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment (RNZIR), and formally renamed 4 RAR/NZ (ANZAC) Battalion with an Australian Commander and New Zealander 2IC. A second tour was conducted in 1971, again as an ANZAC contingent. With the reorganisation of the Army during 1973 due to the cessation of National Service, 2 RAR and 4 RAR were linked on 15th August 1973, to form 2nd/4th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment (2/4 RAR). In 1996, a decision was made to convert 4 RAR to a special forces unit: renamed to 4 RAR (Commando). On 19th June 2009 the battalion was renamed the 2nd Commando Regiment.


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