- The original Tropical
Expeditionary Force had been formed for the purpose of occupying
German Pacific colonies north of the equator, the term 'Tropical
Force' regarding its units and detachments being fairly loosely
used according to Volume X of the Official History.
- Mackenzie, S.S. The Official History of
Australia in the War of 1914-1918, Volume X, The Australians
at Rabaul. First published 1927, republished 1987 by
University of Queensland Press, St Lucia, Queensland. Pages
153-4 and footnote page 153 refer.
This objective was cancelled in
November 1914 and the force was used to relieve the original units of
the Australian Naval and Military Expeditionary Force which had
already occupied German New Guinea. At the time these colour patches
were approved, the 'Tropical Force' as such no longer existed, having
been assimilated into the AN & MEF.
Battalion, Australian Naval and Military Expeditionary Force,
1916 - 1921: Auth. MO 29/1916, 25.1.1916. Raised in November
1914 for the Tropical Expeditionary Force, relieving members
of the original 1st Battalion, AN & MEF, on garrison
duties in German New Guinea in early 1915.
Australian Naval and Military Expeditionary Force, 1916 -
1921: Auth. MO 70/1916, 15.2.1916. Note: Volume III of the
Official History shows a purple oblong with central chocolate
strip for AAMC personnel of the AN & MEF. This is believed
to be in error.