WW2 AUSTRALIAN MEDAL PAIR TO A CAPTAIN 2/10 ARMOURED REGIMENT.
The 2/10th Armoured Regiment was formed in Western Australia in July 1941 as part of the 2nd Armoured Brigade of the 1st Armoured DivisionUnder the command of Lieutenant Colonel K.A Hall, the regiment conducted its initial training at Puckapunyal Victoria, prior to being equipped with M3 Stuart and M3 Grant tanks. In mid-1942, the 2/10th Armoured was relocated to near Narrabri, New South Wales, where the division conducted large-scale exercises. In November 1942, following the reorganisation of the 1st Armoured Division, the regiment was transferred to the 1st Armoured brigade to replace the 2/6 Armoured Regiment when that regiment deployed to New Guinea.
By January 1943, manpower shortages in the Australian Army and the changing strategic situation facing the Allies in the Pacific meant that large armoured formations were no longer required. As a result, the decision was made to reduce the size of the 1st Armoured Division. At this time, as part of the 1st Armoured Brigade, the 2/10th Armoured Regiment was relocated to Western Australia to undertake garrison duties. When the 1st Armoured Division was disbanded in September 1943 the regiment survived as part of the independent 1st Armoured Brigade Group. The 2/10th Armoured Regiment was disbanded in September 1944 along with the headquarters of the Brigade Group, and its personnel were reallocated to other units.
WW2 British War Medal and Australian Service Medal awarded to WX 11110 Captain Neil Frederick Perkins who enlisted in June 1941 and discharged on the 26 February 1946. As the 2/10 Armoured Regiment saw very little service outside of Australia it would appear that this is the only medal entitlement Captain Perkins has. Both medals correctly impressed.