It is 72 years since the 3rd Battalion finished their training in Australia and where preparing to embark for Port Moresby. Not that the soldiers knew. They were at battle stations in the Saltash area, north of Newcastle in New South Wales. The news came on the afternoon of the 14th of May 1942 that they could proceed on final leave and were to return to Sydney Showground by 1200 hours on Saturday the 17th. This is the story of the 3rd Battalion and their contribution to the defence of Australia.