The Vital Factor: 2/6th Armoured Regiment: Paul Handel

A History of the 2/6th Australian Armoured Regiment 1941 -1946 World War 2.

vital factor book ww2

AU$55.00 (Australia)

  • Condition: New
  • Pages: 442
  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN: 9781876439613
  • Author: Paul Handel
  • War: WW2
  • Unit: 2/6th Armoured


  • Causalities
  • Honours and Awards
  • Battle Honours
  • Medical Reports
  • Nominal Roll.

Discusses the 2/6th fighting history in Buna, Sanananda and their training in Australia.


The 2/6th Australian Armoured Regiment pioneered the use of Australian Army tanks in jungle warfare. using US made Stuart Light Tanks, designed for open country warfare, they achieved a breakthrough in the Japanese defences at Buna and Sanananda in December 1942, January 1943. Their devastating firepower saved many Australian infantry casualties.

The regiment was formed in Australia in 1941 and trained in norther New South Wales and in September 1942 after participating in the largest armoured manoeuvres ever held in Australia, the first Squadrons were sent to Papua.

Soldiers and tanks drawn from the whole regiment were first committed to battle at Cape Endaiadere on 18 December 1942. The actions around the Japanese Papuan beachheads lasted until early 1943.

Returning to Australia in May 1943, the regiment was reformed in Queensland and then saw service in Western Australia, New South Wales, Victoria and again in QLD, preparing for the invasion of Singapore.

The War ended before they saw further overseas service.

This book covers the history of the regiment from formation to disbandment and includes details of the regiments equipment, lessons learned from their actions, tank and crew details and a nominal roll.

Members of the regimental association and families of the deceased men, contributed stories, diaries and photos, resulting in a very comprehensive and complete story of this famous unit.