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    Beaufort Sabah State | Borneo Malaysia

Location
Lat 5° 19' 60N Long 115° 45' 0E  Located in northern Borneo
, east of Brunei. Beaufort was the prewar terminus of the railway lines from Weston and Jesselton.

Wartime History
Occupied by the Japanese Army during 1942 until the middle of June 1945.

American missions against Beaufort
May 24, 1945 - July 9, 1945

After the Australian Army landings on the northern reaches of Brunei Bay, they planned a northern drive on Beaufort, by the 2/43rd Battalion less the 2/11th Commando Squadron and one troop of 2/12th Field Regiment and a detachment of 2/16th Field Company.

On June 25, 1945 patrols of 2/43rd Battalion moved unopposed to reach Woodford Estate, to the west of Beaufort, and also a point on the railway line three miles to the south-west of Beaufort. Troops moved north of Beaufort in a wide outflanking movement, and others struck bitter resistance from the Taps in positions northeast of the town.

Before midday on June 28, 1945 all organised resistance in Beaufort ceased, and 2/43rd Battalion fought into the town, capturing much Japanese equipment. While mopping up was still going on Australian forces began to spread along the railway lines, 2/28th Battalion pushing north and 2/32nd Battalion patrolling southward on the Weston line.

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Last Updated
August 25, 2018

 

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