19th Brigade was formed in April 1940 as a result of a reorganisation of
the Second AIF that saw its infantry brigades reduced from four to three
The excess battalion from each of the
three AIF brigades was used to form the 19th.
Thus, the 2/4th Battalion joined the
brigade from the 16th Brigade and the 2/8th from the 17th. Shipping
arrangements, however, saw the 2/11th, and not the 2/12th, join from the
18th Brigade. As a formation, the 19th Brigade fought in Libya, Greece,
Crete, and in the Aitape-Wewak campaign in New Guinea.
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