2/1st Australian Chemical Warfare Laboratory

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Brief History

In September 1942 he chemical warfare group was restructured into a single Chemical Warfare company, a research section, and the 2/1st Australian Mobile Anti Gas Laboratory which was intended to be used in the forward areas to identify captured enemy chemical warfare equipment without delay. The unit was formed in Broadmeadows in Victoria before participating in calibration trials held in Townsville, Singleton and Grafton in early 1943. During February 1943 the unit was renamed 2/1st Australian Chemical Warfare Laboratory and it moved to Ashgrove in Queensland during October with a mobile section based at Toowoomba. The mobile section operated in Port Moresby between March and August 1944 an in Lae from January 1945.

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Content has come from The Unit Guide - Volume 3 - The Australian Army 1939-1945, page 3.596 - Graham R McKenzie-Smith - Big Sky Publishing - 2018

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