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The Tropical Expeditionary Force (TEF) & the Australian Naval & Military Expeditionary Force (AN & MEF)

  • Colour patch of the Tropical Expeditionary Force
  • 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.

374. 3rd 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.
375. AAMC, 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.

The material on this section of the site is drawn from "Distinguishing Colour Patches of the Australian Military Forces 1915-1951" by Keith Glyde. ISBN 0-6460-36640-8  


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