Personnel Recollections, Photographs and a Biographical Roll of the 2/3rd
Australian Independent Company/Commando Squadron in World War Two
by Darren Robins

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NOTE:- The original run of books has been sold out


The Author Darren Robins is working on an enlarged reprint with more photographs, a larger history section, and more biographical details, and would welcome enquiries or early expressions of interest for what will at this stage be a quite limited print run. Darren is also eager to contact former veterans of the unit or their families. He is particularly interested to contact anyone who served on New Caledonia - of any nationality, but he is especially seeking those who served with 'Robin Force'.


Contact Darren Robins at or
via P.O. Box 4635 Sunshine Coast Mail Centre, Qld, Aust, 4560


Book size -210mm by 295mm, 383 pages


Formed at Wilson's Promontory, Victoria, No.3 Australian Independent Company was one of eight such units raised during the Second World War, and originally intended to act in a guerilla warfare role.

Within a few days of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbour, the company was ordered to the French colony of New Caledonia in the Pacific where it prepared for a possible Japanese invasion which never occurred.

After six months, the unit returned to Australia and by early 1943 found itself in New Guinea in the midst of the torrid Wau-Salamaua Campaign where it sustained a large number of casualties proportionate to it's small size, though it more than held it's own against larger and more entrenched enemy forces.

Back in Australia late the same year, many months of endless training in North Queensland was followed by a flank protection role for the Seventh Division's assault on Balikpapan, Borneo in mid 1945.

This excellent book details the full history of the Company from its early beginnings right through to the end of the war.

The book comprises 383 pages of Unit History, Personal Recollections of veterans of the 2/3rd, Unit Photographs and a comprehensive Biographical Roll of the more than 800 men who were proud to serve in this unit.

For Australian customers - to order your copy of this excellent book please send a Cheque or Money Order for $60:00 ($AUD) plus $15:00 ($AUD) postage made payable to Darren Robins to the following address:-

Darren Robins
P.O. Box 4635,
Sunshine Coast Mail Centre,
QLD 4560

For overseas purchasers or other
enquiries please e-mail Darren Robins

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