Trinity Beach was once a World War II training ground, where troops practiced all aspects of amphibious warfare before heading into war zones north of Australia.
Between May 1943 and December 144, thousands of Australian troops were rotated through this area for training in all aspects of beach warfare. trainees were from the Australian 9th Australian Division which had recently returned from Tobruk and Alamein. They were followed by members of the 6th and 7th divisions that had been involved in campaigns in Egypt, Libya, Cyprus, Greece and New Guinea.
Training was a joint Australian-American army-navy exercise. British ships and Navy personnel were occasionally involved. Trinity Beach was the HQ for a number of units and the troops camped along Captain Cook Highway, particularly at Deadman’s Gully near Clifton Beach.
Training was intensive and involved both day and nighttime activities. Troops undertaking this training included infantry, gunners, engineers, mechanics, signalers…
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