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In September 1939, the 3rd Military District of the Australian Army covered all of Victoria. The headquarters for the 3rd Military District was located in Melbourne.


3rd Military District: HQ Melbourne, Victoria

Base Units

2nd Heavy Brigade, RAA : Queenscliff
     4th Heavy Battery, RAA (PF): Queenscliff
     104th Heavy Battery, RAA (M): Queenscliff
      5th Heavy Battery, RAA (PF): Nepean
      105th Heavy Battery, RAA (M): Nepean

3rd Fortress Company, RAE (PF): Melbourne and Queenscliff

6th Heavy Brigade, RAA: Williamstown
     18th Heavy Battery, RAA (PF): Williamstown
     118th Heavy Battery, RAA (M): Williamstown
     19th Heavy Battery, RAA (PF): Williamstown
     119th Heavy Battery, RAA (M): Williamstown

4th Anti-Aircraft Battery and Cadre, RAA: Queenscliff

2nd Anti-Aircraft Searchlight Battery, RAE: Caulfield

34th Fortress Company, RAE: East Melbourne

2nd Light Tank Company, Australian Tank Corps: Caulfield


2nd Cavalry Division

22nd Field Brigade, RAA (44th Bty): Richmond
     40th Field Battery: Albury

2nd Field Squadron, RAE: Melbourne

1st Armoured Car Regiment (The Wimmera Regiment) (Attached): Horsham

17th Light Horse (M.G) Regiment (The Prince of Wales's Light Horse) (Attached): Bendigo

3rd Cavalry Brigade: HQ Melbourne
     4th/19th Light Horse Regiment (Corangamite Light Horse/The Yarowee Light Horse): Warrnambool
     8th Light Horse Regiment (The Indi Light Horse): Benalla
     13th Light Horse Regiment (The Gippsland Light Horse): Sale
     20th Light Horse Regiment (The Victoria Mounted Rifles): Seymour
     26th Light Horse (M.G.) Regiment: Ararat


3rd Infantry Division

HQ Royal Australian Artillery: Melbourne
     2nd Field Brigade, RAA (4th, 5th, 102nd Btys): East St. Kilda
     4th Field Brigade, RAA (10th, 11th, 104th Btys): East St. Kilda
     8th Field Brigade, RAA (29th, 30th, 108th Btys): North Carlton

4th, 10th, 15th Field Companies, RAE: East Melbourne

4th Infantry Brigade: HQ Melbourne
     22nd Battalion (The South Gippsland Regiment): Leongatha
     29th Battalion (The East Melbourne Regiment): Fitzroy
     46th Battalion (The Brighton Rifles): Brighton

10th Infantry Brigade: HQ Caulfield East
     24th/39th Battalion (The Kooyong Regiment/The Hawthorn-Kew Regiment): Surrey Hills
     37th Battalion (The East Gippsland Regiment): Sale
     52nd Battalion (The Gippsland Regiment): Dandenong

15th Infantry Brigade: HQ Brunswick
     57th/60th Battalion (The Merra Regiment/The Heidelberg Regiment): Preston
     58th Battalion (The Essendon-Cobourg-Brunswick Regiment): Moonee Ponds
     59th Battalion (The Hume Regiment): Coburg


4th Infantry Division

10th Field Brigade, RAA (37th, 38th, 110th Btys): East Melbourne

15th Field Brigade, RAA (22nd, 24th, 112th Btys): East Melbourne

2nd Medium Brigade, RAA (5th, 6th, 7th Btys): St. Kilda

No. 2 Artillery Survey Company: Prahran

2nd Field Company, RAE: Melbourne

6th Field Company, RAE: Ballarat

Nos. 1, 2, 3 Companies, 4th Divisional Signals: South Melbourne

2nd Infantry Brigade: HQ Melbourne
     5th Battalion (The Victoria Scottish Regiment): South Melbourne
     6th Battalion (The Royal Melbourne Regiment): Carlton
     14th Battalion (The Prahran Regiment): Prahran
     32nd Battalion (The Footscray Regiment): Footscray
     The Melbourne University Rifles (Attached): The University, Carlton

6th Infantry Brigade: HQ Melbourne
     7th Battalion (The North West Murray Borderers): Mildura
     8th Battalion (The City of Ballarat Regiment): Ballarat
     23rd/21st Battalion (The City of Geelong Regiment/The Victoria Rangers): Geelong
    38th Battalion (The Bendigo Regiment): Bendigo


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