Men of the 2/22nd Battalion
During March and April 1941, the 2/22nd Battalion
(Lark Force) arrived in Rabaul, New Britain, to protect the airfield and seaplane
anchorage and to provide an observation post.
These different tasks led to separate small defensive localities such that, when the Japanese landed on 23 January 1942, their many times stronger force was able to drive the Australians out of their positions.