ALLIANCES OF THE EIGHTH BATTALION
THE ROYAL AUSTRALIAN REGIMENT

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ASSOCIATION WITH OLDER EIGHTH BATTALIONS

A parade was held each year on the 11th November, Remembrance Day, to mark the association of the present Eighth Battalion with the Second/Eighth Battalion (AIF) Association and the Eighth Battalion (1914-1918) Association. This tradition commenced in 1966 the Colonel Commandant of the Royal Australian Regiment, Lieutenant General Sir Reginald Pollard, KBE CB DSO, officially approved the alliance of the Eighth Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment with the 8th Battalions of World War One and World War Two.

On the 11th of November 1966 Colonel J.E.M. Hall (Retired), representing the 2/8th Battalion Association, attended the parade at Enoggera and presented to the new Eighth Battalion a replica of the silver bugle which was presented by Ballarat residents to the first the Eighth Battalion and passed on to the then new Second/Eighth Battalion in 1939. It was held by that unit until it was lost in action off Greece.

The unit frequently hosted Second/Eighth Battalion members at Enoggera, and this Association presented the Eighth Battalion a Second/Eighth Battalion flag, followed by the bronze regimental plaque in 1969.

ALLIANCE BETWEEN THE EIGHTH BATTALION THE ROYAL AUSTRALIAN REGIMENT AND  THE PARACHUTE REGIMENT (UK)

In early November 1966 the Battalion were hosts to the visit to Australia by the Third Battalion of The Parachute Regiment ("The Red Devils"). Subsequently Her Majesty The Queen approved the official alliance between the Eighth Battalion The Royal Australian Regiment and The Parachute Regiment on the 8th December 1967. In July 1968 the Second Battalion of The Parachute Regiment visited the Eighth Battalion at Terendak during the Second Battalion's brief stay in Malaysia. Members of the Second Battalion, The Parachute Regiment held ground at the Presentation of Colours to the Eighth Battalion.

ALLIANCE BETWEEN THE ROYAL AUSTRALIAN REGIMENT AND THE ROYAL MALAY REGIMENT

Her Majesty The Queen approved the alliance between The Royal Australian Regiment and The Royal Malay Regiment on 9th May 1966. During the Eighth Battalion's tour of Malaysia, there were many friendly exchanges between the Battalion and Battalions of The Royal Malay Regiment.  In particular, a close bond was been formed with the Eighth Battalion The Royal Malay Regiment.


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