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Re: Supreme Valour: IA Units in World War II

Postby Jagan » 02 May 2001 04:15

<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Shahid Zaki:<BR><B>Just found out that Brig. W.D.A. Lentaigne, who commmanded an Indian Chindit Brigade was also the first commandant of Staff college, India.</B><HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P>J P Dalvi mentions Lentaigne in his book. Lentaigne warned his students in staff college of the China War long before anyone even had an inkling. I believe Lentaigne was one of the last british officers in the Indian Army leaving it in the early Fifties or so.<P>Shahid, Can you email me at jagan@bharat-rakshak.com ? I tried sending you a mail but could not get thru.<BR>

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Re: Supreme Valour: IA Units in World War II

Postby Joeqp » 05 May 2001 01:42

<I><B>Originally posted by dmishra:<BR></B> What is so great in celebrating those who were supporters of Indian subjugation at hands of an oppressor. Fact is that India was enslaved by it's own people, these were those people in Uniform who held the opressor's flag high. And today we wish to celebrate them as national heroes.</I><P>Read the topic, think a little, and then post.<BR>We are not talking about the police forces here. We are talking about the Armed Forces.<BR>The foundations of today's Army were laid more than 200 years ago; we want to keep the history alive.<P><I>It is a moment of shame for those of the likes of Bhagat Sigh and Chandrashakhar Azad who died fighting these oppressors.</I><P>You surely must be a troll to make these kinds of statements.<P>Listen: in a war, good soldiers are recognized even by their enemies. Case in point: in Kargil, a Paki Army Capt. was recommended for a medal by the Indian side.<BR>So, if we can recognize the bravery of some Paki Captain, why can't we recognize the bravery of our ancestors who faught <B>for</B> the country, whatever form the country may have been in?<P><I>They faught The nazis siding another Naziz.<P>Fact is that Germans were the Nzis who lost at the hand of the Allied forces, the Nazis themselves.<BR></I><P>Whatever.<BR>

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Re: Supreme Valour: IA Units in World War II

Postby Kaushal » 05 May 2001 02:08

Outstanding thread, thanks to Shahid and the others.Hope it is archived, Kaushal

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Re: Supreme Valour: IA Units in World War II

Postby Shahid Zaki » 05 May 2001 09:18

Kaushal and Manavendra,<BR>Thanks for your support, I will continue to gather information and post it on this thread.

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Re: Supreme Valour: IA Units in World War II

Postby Shahid Zaki » 05 May 2001 12:26

Indian Army Sherman tank in the Burma war front, 1944. Notice the battle hardened image of these brave men.<P> [img]http://www.mod.uk/data/[(1246)-20-11-2000]6-17-large.jpg[/img] <BR> <P>Recce patrol of men of an Indian regiment in the Tiber Valley, Italy, August, 1944. <P> [img]http://www.mod.uk/data/[(1101)-20-11-2000]5-11-large.jpg[/img] <P><BR><p>[This message has been edited by Shahid Zaki (edited 05-05-2001).]

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Re: Supreme Valour: IA Units in World War II

Postby Shahid Zaki » 05 May 2001 12:46

Examples of INDIAN ARMY divisional badges during the war, some of these badges continue to this day, a living memorial to the thousands of brave men that did not come back.<P>First Badge is of the 4th Indian Division that struck the decisive blow against the Nazi forces during the battle of El Alamein. <BR>Battle of El alamein, Egypt considered = Stalingrad in its impact on Nazi forces defeat during second world war. This battle was the turning point.<P>4th Indian Infantry Division <BR> Image <P><BR>THE 3RD INDIAN DIVISION <BR> Image <BR> <BR>THE 5th INDIAN INFANTRY DIVISION <BR> Image <BR> <BR>THE 7th INDIAN INFANTRY DIVISION<BR> Image <BR> <BR>THE 17th INDIAN INFANTRY DIVISION <BR> Image <BR><p>[This message has been edited by Shahid Zaki (edited 06-05-2001).]

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Re: Supreme Valour: IA Units in World War II

Postby Shahid Zaki » 05 May 2001 13:34

ROLL OF HONOR:<P>Indian Army Highest Gallantry Award(VC) winners :<P><BR>These were the Bravest of the Brave,a true source of Inspiration. <BR>The list below is partial, I will post part 2 of the Highest award HONOR ROLL soon.<P>2/Lieutenant Premindra Singh Bhagat <BR>Bombay Sappers and Miners <BR> Image <P>Subedar Richpal Ram<BR>4/6th Rajputana Rifles <BR> Image <P>Havildar Parkash Singh <BR>3/8th Punjab Regiment <BR> Image <P>Subedar Lal Bahadur Thapa <BR>1/2 Gurkha Rifles <BR> Image <P>Havildar Gaje Ghale 2/5th Royal Gurkha Rifles (Frontier Force) <BR> Image <P>Naib Subedar Abdul Hafiz <BR>9th Jat Regiment <BR> Image <P><BR>Sepoy Namdeo Jadhav<BR>1/5th Maratha Light Infantry <BR> Image <BR><p>[This message has been edited by Shahid Zaki (edited 05-05-2001).]

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Re: Supreme Valour: IA Units in World War II

Postby Shahid Zaki » 05 May 2001 15:51

FAMOUS MILITARY COMMANDERS OF INDIAN ARMY ORIGIN:<P>Continued....<P>FIELD MARSHALL Claude John Eyre Auchinleck<BR>1ST PUNJAB REGIMENT, INDIAN ARMY<BR> Image <BR>Commanded British Eighth Army in North Africa. Set the foundation for the campaign against the famous German General Erwin Rommel's forces in North Africa.<BR> <BR> <p>[This message has been edited by Shahid Zaki (edited 07-05-2001).]

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Re: Supreme Valour: IA Units in World War II

Postby Prasenjit Medhi » 05 May 2001 19:02

Not just a superior thread but supreme!<P>Well done Shahid! Shabash!

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Re: Supreme Valour: IA Units in World War II

Postby Shahid Zaki » 05 May 2001 21:59

Prasenjit and LNS,<BR>Thanks for the comments.<BR>Actually, it is the type of Indian Army Soldiers and Officers above, that provided the solid foundation do build upon after the Independence. As you can see, the fruits of their labour are with us but their names may sometimes slip our memory.<P>

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Re: Supreme Valour: IA Units in World War II

Postby shiv » 05 May 2001 22:40

WOW!!<P>What a thread!!<P>Thanks

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Re: Supreme Valour: IA Units in World War II

Postby Mohan Raju » 06 May 2001 12:03

Shahid Zaki:<P>You can't see me now, but take my word for it -- I'm giving you a standing ovation for this thread. You deserve the BR Nobel Prize for literature! Image<BR>

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Re: Supreme Valour: IA Units in World War II

Postby Prasenjit Medhi » 06 May 2001 14:53

Im actually doing an asana, balanced on my head, clapping, while typing this too. Not that you can see me, either Image<P>Im all for archiving this thread at some point admins! Minus the spirited and plentiful compliments, including from yours truly Image

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Re: Supreme Valour: IA Units in World War II

Postby JCage » 06 May 2001 15:00

Shahid and all,greta work.Whatta thread!!!

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Re: Supreme Valour: IA Units in World War II

Postby Shahid Zaki » 06 May 2001 15:27

To the members who have commented above,<P>Thanks again, it is the interest of the members like you which makes the dedication possible to our brethren in the armed forces both past and present.

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Re: Supreme Valour: IA Units in World War II

Postby Shahid Zaki » 06 May 2001 15:38

Tradition Lives On:<P>Guard of Honour of the Royal Gurkha Rifles on parade. Royal Gurkha Rifles was created from 2,6,7th and 10th Gurkha Rifle Regiments which were all part of the Indian Army prior to thier allocation to the British Army in 1947.<P>1,3, 4, 5, 8, 9 and 11th Gurkha Rifle Regiments remained part of the Indian Army.<P> Image <BR><p>[This message has been edited by Shahid Zaki (edited 06-05-2001).]

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Re: Supreme Valour: IA Units in World War II

Postby VRaghav » 07 May 2001 02:33

Superb pictures. Great thread. <P>Bravo, Shahid!

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Re: Supreme Valour: IA Units in World War II

Postby Shahid Zaki » 07 May 2001 07:31

I am posting an excerpt below, the whole article is available fro the URL at the end.<P>Valor of Indian soldiers in World War II is discussed:<BR>BY PRAVIN DESAI<P>Officers of two naval ships, INS Ganga and INS Ranjit, led by Rear Adm. V.S. Shekhawat (later chief of the Indian Navy), visited Karen War Cemetery when they anchored at the Eritrean Red Sea port of Massawa in 1986.<P><BR>Many have been the stories narrated about the exploits of Indian Army personnel in various World War II theaters. However, some feats of supreme valor on their part are not so well known, and among these is the battle of Keren fought in Eritrea in Northeast Africa in 1941.<P>ARMY AND NAVY OFFICERS LAY WREATH AT THE MEMORIAL NEAR THE BATTLEFIELD.<BR> Image <P><BR>Article Link: <A HREF="http://www.indiaabroadonline.com/PublicAccess/ia-10202000/Opinion/valorIndian.html" TARGET=_blank>http://www.indiaabroadonline.com/PublicAccess/ia-10202000/Opinion/valorIndian.html</A> <P><BR><p>[This message has been edited by Shahid Zaki (edited 06-05-2001).]

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Re: Supreme Valour: IA Units in World War II

Postby Shahid Zaki » 07 May 2001 08:01

Stories Of Courage against adversity:<P>On this thread I will post the accounts of how the highest gallantry awards were won. These provide us with shining examples of courage, honour and will against adversity.<P>source: Victoria Cross Reference<BR>link:http://www.chapter-one.com/vc/default.asp<P>HONORARY CAPTAIN AGANSING RAI <BR>5th Gurkha Rifles, Indian Army<BR> Image <P>Age at award; 24<BR> <BR> Deed<BR> On 26 June 1944 at Bishenpur, Burma (now Myanmar), Naik Agansing Rai led his section in an attack on one of two posts which had been taken by the enemy and were now threatening our communications. Under withering fire the naik and his party charged a machine-gun, he himself killing three of the crew. The first position having been taken, he then led a dash on a machine-gun firing from the jungle, where he killed three of the crew, his men accounting for the rest. He subsequently tackled an isolated bunker single-handed, killing all four occupants. The enemy were now so demoralised that they fled and the second post was recaptured.<BR> <p>[This message has been edited by Shahid Zaki (edited 06-05-2001).]

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Re: Supreme Valour: IA Units in World War II

Postby Shahid Zaki » 07 May 2001 14:57

<P>Gorkha rifles contingent march down rajpath 26 Jan 2001 just as their forfathers.<BR> Image <P>102 Infantry Battalion(TA) of the Territorial Army marches past Rajpath. The concept of TA originated during second world war era.<BR> Image ]<p>[This message has been edited by Shahid Zaki (edited 07-05-2001).]

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Re: Supreme Valour: IA Units in World War II

Postby Shahid Zaki » 08 May 2001 10:20

Stories Of Courage against adversity:<P>The accounts of how the highest gallantry awards were won. These provide us with shining examples of courage, honour and will against adversity.<P>source: Victoria Cross Reference<BR>link:http://www.chapter-one.com/vc/default.asp<P>YESHWANT GHADGE <BR>Naik, 5th Mahratta Light Infantry<BR>VC, (Posthomous)<BR> Image <BR> <BR>Age at award 22 <BR> <BR>Deed On 10 July 1944 in the Upper Tiber Valley, Italy, a rifle section commanded by Naik Yeshwant Ghadge came under heavy machine-gun fire at close range which killed or wounded all members of the section except the commander. Without hesitation Naik Yeshwant Ghadge rushed the machine-gun position, first throwing a grenade which knocked out the machine-gun and firer and then he shot one of the gun grew. Finally, having no time to change his magazine, he clubbed to death the two remaining members of the crew. He fell mortally wounded, shot by an enemy sniper. <BR>

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Re: Supreme Valour: IA Units in World War II

Postby Gerard » 08 May 2001 10:56

[img]http://www.mod.uk/data/[(1256)-27-11-2000]noor-large.jpg[/img] <P>Noor Inayat Khan George Cross, M.B.E., Croix de Guerre (with gold star) <BR>Noor Inayat Khan was despatched to France to join the Prosper Special Operations Executive network as a radio operator (with the codename ‘Madeleine’) in June 1943, only to be betrayed to the Gestapo and arrested in October of that year. Throughout her captivity she showed considerable courage, refusing to divulge any information to her interrogators and making at least two attempts to escape; she was eventually transferred to the concentration camp at Dachau, where she was executed on 12 September 1944. In recognition of her gallantry, Noor Inayat Khan was posthumously awarded the George Cross on 5 April 1949 <P>Courtesy: Imperial War Museum<P><BR>

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Re: Supreme Valour: IA Units in World War II

Postby Riza Zaman » 08 May 2001 19:15

Noor Inyat Khan was the great grand-daughter of Tipu Sultan, an intriguing personality and a very beautiful lady.<p>[This message has been edited by Riza Zaman (edited 08-05-2001).]

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Re: Supreme Valour: IA Units in World War II

Postby Riza Zaman » 08 May 2001 19:46

Shahid, trust me dude Image You're right about her parents and I'm right about her being the great grandaughter of Tipu Sultan. Check out the links below.<P>Here's a photo<BR><img src= "http://www.64-baker-street.org/agents/khan/soe_khan3.jpg"><P>To quote Noor Inayat Khan:<BR>"I wish some Indians would win high military distinction in this war. It would help to build a bridge between the English and the Indians."<P><A HREF="http://www.64-baker-street.org/agents/khan/khan.html" TARGET=_blank>http://www.64-baker-street.org/agents/khan/khan.html</A> <P><A HREF="http://www.lineone.net/express/00/01/30/features/f0700spies-d.html" TARGET=_blank>http://www.lineone.net/express/00/01/30/features/f0700spies-d.html</A> <P><A HREF="http://www.angelfire.com/bc/Begumnoorconnection/" TARGET=_blank>http://www.angelfire.com/bc/Begumnoorconnection/</A> <BR><p>[This message has been edited by Riza Zaman (edited 08-05-2001).]

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Re: Supreme Valour: IA Units in World War II

Postby Shahid Zaki » 09 May 2001 11:56

INDIAN AIR FORCE AWARD WINNERS:<P> [img]http://www.mod.uk/data/[(1406)-21-11-2000]8-6-large.jpg[/img] <BR>Pilot Officer Calendar Eknath Sukthanker DFC, No 83 Squadron, RAF Volunteer Reserve. <BR>Pilot Officer Sukthanker was the first Indian Officer in the RAF to win the Distinguished Flying Cross. He was commissioned in March 1943 and having trained as a navigator, took part in many bombing sorties over Berlin, Essen, Dortmund and other strongly defended urban and industrial centres in Germany. During these sorties, he displayed a high level of commitment, skill and efficiency<P><p>[This message has been edited by Shahid Zaki (edited 09-05-2001).]

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Re: Supreme Valour: IA Units in World War II

Postby Shahid Zaki » 09 May 2001 12:01

INDIAN NAVY AWARD WINNERS<P> [img]http://www.mod.uk/data/[(1523)-27-11-2000]Krishnan-large.jpg[/img] <BR>Lieutenant Nilakanta Krishnan DSC, RIN <BR>Lieutenant Krishnan was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for his bravery during the capture of Abadan in the Persian Gulf. HMIS 'Investigator', a tug with a crew of twelve Indian ratings, was unexpectedly attacked by an enemy tug. Lieutenant Krishnan led a boarding party on to the enemy vessel and although faced with superior numbers and some determined resistance, the boarding party were able to force the surrender of the enemy vessel. <P><p>[This message has been edited by Shahid Zaki (edited 09-05-2001).]

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Re: Supreme Valour: IA Units in World War II

Postby Shahid Zaki » 09 May 2001 12:05

INDIAN NAVY AWARD WINNERS:<P> [img]http://www.mod.uk/data/[(1400)-21-11-2000]8-5-large.jpg[/img] <BR>Lieutenant (E) Daya Shankar DSC, RIN <BR>Lieutenant (E) Daya Shankar was awarded the distinguished service cross for his bravery during the Second World War while serving with HMIS 'Lawrence' in the Persian Gulf. HMIS 'Lawrence' had been ordered to board the Italian vessel 'Caboto' which had been set on fire by her crew in an attempt to scuttle her. Lieutenant Shankar boarded the blazing ship, captured the crew and then proceeded to not only search for scuttle charges but also to assist with the fire fighting.<BR>

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Re: Supreme Valour: IA Units in World War II

Postby Shahid Zaki » 09 May 2001 12:21

Highest Award Winners- Stories of Courage in face of adversity:<BR>Sepoy Kamal RAM VC, 8th Punjab Regiment. <BR> Image <P>Sepoy Kamal RAM was awarded the Victoria Cross for his bravery in Italy on 12th May 1944. On that day, his company had successfully crossed the River Gari but<BR>their advance was held up by heavy fire from German machine-gun posts. In response to his Company Commander's request for a volunteer to silence a specific machine-gun post, Sepoy Ram attacked it and successfully captured the post after killing the crew. He then proceeded to attack and capture two more machine-gun posts and in the process killed several of the enemy and forced the rest to<BR>surrender. <p>[This message has been edited by Shahid Zaki (edited 09-05-2001).]

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Re: Supreme Valour: IA Units in World War II

Postby Shahid Zaki » 09 May 2001 12:37

<B>Shradanjali (memorial wreath) to our Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen.</B><P>This posting is dedicated to thousands of our brethren Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen that served in various war fronts. We should all pledge to keep their memory alive by remembering them and their sacrifices and also by our own conduct. <P> [img]http://www.mod.uk/data/[(1223)-20-11-2000]6-13-large.jpg[/img] <P> Image <P> [img]http://www.mod.uk/data/[(1448)-22-11-2000]10-9-large.jpg[/img] <BR><p>[This message has been edited by Shahid Zaki (edited 09-05-2001).]

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Re: Supreme Valour: IA Units in World War II

Postby Mohan Raju » 09 May 2001 12:59

A bunch of questions:<P><OL TYPE=1><BR><LI>The picture directly above (of an Indian pilot standing next to his plane, looking at a map) -- can someone identify the aircraft type, and approximate vintage of the photo?<P><LI>The caption next to the formation sign for 26 Div says "Far Eastern front". But I thought 26 Div HQ was in Jammu. Clarification, please?<P><LI>The "Dagger Div" (19 Div) is stationed in Baramulla, and forms part of XV Corps, right?<BR></OL><BR>'<BR>BTW, I don't think the locations of these formations are secret, as China and Pakistan know much more about IA's orbat than anyone here on BR.<BR>

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Re: Supreme Valour: IA Units in World War II

Postby Mohan Raju » 09 May 2001 13:04

Admins:<P>IMO the main info in this thread deserves much more than mere archiving. It deserves to be part of BR Monitor or a permanent part of the forum in some way. What about copyright for the pictures? Is there a potential legal problem there?<P>Once again, Shahid Zaki and other contributors of material, I can't possibly put into words how wonderful it is to see this stuff. The pictures are magnificent!<BR>

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Re: Supreme Valour: IA Units in World War II

Postby Shahid Zaki » 09 May 2001 13:39

Mohan Raju,<BR>The aircraft is Westland Whirlwind fighter Bomber same as the one below and caption for it is below the image.<BR> Image <BR> <BR>Caption for the photo on the previous post: An RAF pilot from India standing next to his Westland Whirlwind fighter-bomber while serving with No 137 Squadron, September, 1942.<BR>Courtesy: MOD, UK Air Historical Branch<P>As for the 19th and 26th Division their current locations are not known. The locations mentioned were at the time of World War 2, as you know Indian Army Divisions continuously move around depending on operational needs. Thanks again for your compliments, I hope that you will find future posts on this thread interesting too.<BR> <P><BR>

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Re: Supreme Valour: IA Units in World War II

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Re: Supreme Valour: IA Units in World War II

Postby Calvin » 14 May 2001 04:18

pacheez<BR>New Member posted 11-05-2001 12:27 <BR>--------------------------------------------------------------------------------<BR>What can be done to ensure that Indian students acquire an understanding of just how much was contributed and achieved by hundreds of thousands of Indians in WW2?<BR>I am curious as to when so many Indian undergrads commenced presenting their admiration for the INA - as though these were the only Indian participants in WW2 -- or, for that matter, Hitler. I stand 'informed' by several souls that the latter 'Did a Great Deal for his Country', etc. <P>The main point: it's sad that so much that is of potential interest and inspiration to Indian young people seems less known, at present. <P>

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Re: Supreme Valour: IA Units in World War II

Postby Shahid Zaki » 15 May 2001 10:57

25th INDIAN DIVISION, Veterans of the Far East<BR> Image <P>STRUCTURE OF THE DIVISION <BR> DIVISIONAL COMMANDERS<BR>MAJ/GEN. H.L. Davies (C.B. C.B.E. D.S.O. M.C.) <BR>MAJ/GEN. G.N. Wood (C.B.E. D.S.O. M.C.)<P>Headquarters Brigade<BR> 19th Lancers<BR> 7th Btn 16th Punjab Regt<P>Divisional Artillery<BR>8th. 27th. Field Regt (Royal Artillery)<BR>5th Indian Field Regt (Indian Artillery)<BR>33rd Indian Mountain Regt (Indian Artillery)<BR>7th Indian A/Tank Regt (Indian Artillery)<P>51st Indian Infantry Brigade<BR>8th Btn York & Lancs Regt<BR>2nd Btn 2nd Punjab Regt<BR>16th Btn 10th Baluch Regt<BR>8th Btn 19th Hyderabad Regt<BR>COMMANDED by<BR>Brig. T.H. Angus (D.S.O. M.C.)<BR>Brig. R.A. Hutton (D.S.O. & Bar O.B.E.)<P>53rd Indian Infantry Brigade<BR>9th Btn York & Lancs Regt<BR>12th Btn 5th Maharatta Light Infantry<BR> 9th Btn 9th Jat Regt<BR>4th Btn 18th Royal Garhwal Rifles<BR>COMMANDED by<BR>Brig. G.A.P. Coldstream (D.S.O.)<BR>Brig. A.G. O'Carroll=Scott<BR>Brig. B.C.H. Gerry (D.S.O.)<P>74th Indian Infantry Brigade<BR>4th Btn Ox & Buck's Light Infantry<BR>14th Btn 10th Baluch Regt<BR>3rd Btn 2nd K.E.O. Gurkha Rifles<BR>COMMANDED by<BR>Brig. J.E. Hirst (D.S.O.)<BR>Brig. J.C.W. Cargill (D.S.O.)<P>3rd Commando Brigade<BR>42nd. 44th. Royal Marine Commando's<BR>1st. 3rd. Army Commando's<P>Royal Indian Army Service Corps<BR>18th. 39th. 59th. Animal Trt Coy's (Mule)<BR>68th. 81st. 101st G.P.Trt Coy's<P>Composite Supply Unit's<BR>Inland Water Trt Coy<P>Medical Services<BR>I.M.S R.A.M.C. I.M.D. I.H.C. I.A.M.C.<BR>51st. 52nd. 53rd. Indian Field Ambulances<P>25th Indian Division Provost Unit<BR>25th Indian Division Signals Unit<P>Indian Army Ordnance Corps<BR>125th Ordnance Sub-Park<P>Indian Electrical & Mechanical Engineers<BR>76th. 77th. 78th. Infantry W/Shop Coy's<BR>25th Indian Division Recovery Coy<P> Indian Engineers Sappers & Miners<BR>63rd. 425th. Field Coy's (Q.V.O. Madras)<BR>93rd Field Coy (Royal Bombay)<BR>325th Field Coy (Q.V.O. Madras)<BR>

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Re: Supreme Valour: IA Units in World War II

Postby Shahid Zaki » 15 May 2001 11:01

20thINDIAN DIVISION, FAR EAST FRONY<BR> Image <P>STRUCTURE OF THE DIVISION<P>DIVISIONAL COMMANDER<BR>Maj/Gen D.D.Gracey (C.B. C.B.E. M.C.)<P>Headquarters Brigade<BR>2nd Btn 8th Punjab Regt<BR>9th Btn Jat Regt (M/Gun)<BR>4th Btn 3rd Madras Regt<BR>4th Btn 17th Dogra Regt<P>Divisional Artillery<BR>9th & 114th Fld Regt (Royal Artillery)<BR>111th A/Tank Regt (Royal Artillery)<BR>2nd Indian Fld Regt (Indian Artillery)<BR>23rd Indian Mountain Regt (Indian Artillery)<P>32nd Indian Infantry Brigade<BR>1st Btn Northamptonshire Regt<BR>9th Btn 14th Punjab Regt<BR>4th Btn 2nd K.E.O. Gurkha Rifles<BR>3rd Btn 8th Gurkha Rifles<BR>COMMANDED by<BR>Brig.D.A.L. Mackenzie (C.B.E. D.S.O.)<BR>Brig. E.C.J. Woodford (C.B.E. D.S.O.)<P>80th Indian Infantry Brigade<BR>1st Btn Devonshire Regt<BR>9th Btn 12th Frontier Force Rifles<BR>1st Btn 19th Hyderabad Regt<BR>5th Btn 9th Hyderabad Regt<BR>3rd Btn 1st K.G.O. Gurkha Rifles<BR> COMMANDED by<BR>Brig. S. Greaves (C.B.E. D.S.O. M.C.)<BR>Brig. D.E. Taunton (D.S.O.)<P>Back to Top of Page <P> <P>100th Indian Infantry Brigade<BR>2nd Btn The Border Regt<BR>14th Btn 13th Frontier Force Rifles<BR>1st Btn 1st K.G.O. Gurkha Rifles<BR>4th Btn 10th Gurkha Rifles<BR>COMMANDED by<BR>Brig.W.A.L. James (D.S.O.)<BR>Brig. G.H.B. Rodham (D.S.O.)<P>Royal Indian Army Service Corps<BR> 30th. 43rd. 55th. 75th. Animal Trt Coy's (Mule)<BR>37th. 38th. 39th. 45th. Composite Unit's<BR>100th. 102nd. 122nd. 125th. G.P.Trt Coy's<P>Medical Services<BR>I.M.S. R.A.M.C. I.M.D. I.H.C. I.A.M.C.<BR>42nd. 55th. 59th. Indian Fld Ambulances<P><BR>20th Indian Division Provost Unit<BR>20th Indian Division Signals Unit<P>Indian Army Ordnance Corps<BR>120th Ordnance Fld Park<P>Indian Electrical & Mechanical Engineers<BR>63rd. 64th. 134th. Infantry W/Shop Coy's<BR>20th Indian Division Recovery Coy<P>Indian Engineers Sappers & Miners<BR>422nd Fld Coy (Q.V.O. Madras)<BR>92nd. 481st. Fld Coy'S (Royal Bombay)<BR> 309th Fld Coy )Q.V.O. Madras)<BR>322nd Fld Park Coy (K.G.O. Bengal Lancers)<BR><p>[This message has been edited by Shahid Zaki (edited 15-05-2001).]

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Re: Supreme Valour: IA Units in World War II

Postby Shahid Zaki » 15 May 2001 11:07

14th INDIAN INFANTRY DIVISION, Veterans of Burma.<P> Image <BR>DIVISIONAL COMMANDER<BR>Maj/Gen W.L. Lloyd <P>Headquarters Brigade<BR>9th Btn Jat Regt (M/Gun)<P>Divisional Artillery<BR>130th Field Regt (Royal Artillery)<BR>44th Light A/A. Regt (Royal Artillery)<BR>23rd Mountain Regt (Indian Artillery)<P>47th Indian Infantry Brigade<BR>COMMANDED by Brig.R.A. Wimberly<P>1st Btn Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers<BR>1st Btn 7th Rajputan Rifles<BR>5th Btn 8th Punjab Regt<P>55th Indian Infantry Brigade<BR>COMMANDED by Brig A. Hunt<BR>2nd Btn 1st Punjab Regt<BR>8th Btn 6th Rajputan Regt<BR>5th Btn 17th Dogra Regt<P>Back to the Top of the Page <P><BR>123rd Indian Infantry Brigade<BR>COMMANDED by Brig. B. Hammond<BR>10th Btn Lancashire Fusiliers<BR>8th Btn 10th Baluch Regt<BR>1st Btn 15th Punjab Regt<P>Royal Indian Army Service Corps<BR>15th.44th.48th.59th. Animal Trt Coy's (Mule)<BR>41st.75th.318th G.P. Trt Coy's<BR>65th.68th.100th Supply Issue Units<P>Medical Services<BR>I.M.S. R.A.M.C. I.M.D. I.H.C. I.A.M.C.<BR>41st.45th.60th. Indian Field Ambulance<P>14th14th Indian Division Signal Unit<BR>Indian Division Provost Unit<P><BR>Indian Army Ordnance Corps<BR>Indian Ordnance Sub=Park<BR>54th.82nd Ordnance Mobile W/Shop<BR>14th Indian Division Recovery Unit<P>Indian Engineers Sappers & Miners<BR>73rd.74th. Field Coy's K.G.O. (Bengal Lancers)<BR>26th Field Coy (Royal Bombay)<BR>306th Field Coy K.G.O. (Bengal Lancers)<P>

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Re: Supreme Valour: IA Units in World War II

Postby Shahid Zaki » 15 May 2001 11:15

Commemorative Painting<BR><B>Road to Mandalay, Burma, February 1945 by David Pentland</B><P> Image <BR>M3 Lee tanks and troops from General Slim's 14th Army clear Japanese resistance form the village of Ywathitgyi in their drive to<BR>Mandalay.<BR>

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Re: Supreme Valour: IA Units in World War II

Postby Shahid Zaki » 15 May 2001 11:30

<B>INDIAN 8TH INFANTRY DIVISION</B><P>VETERANS OF NORTH AFRICA AND ITALY<P>Indian 8th Infantry Division HQ arrived in Iraq in 1941 and controlled brigades in that country and in the invasion of Persia in August. It then remained on garrison duty in the<BR> Near East, prepared to react to a German thrust through the Caucasus toward British-controlled oilfields.<P> Following garrison duty in the Near East, 8th Division moved to Italy in September 1943 and participated in the campaign there mostly under command of British 8th Army,<BR> sometimes under US 5th Army. Of the three Indian divisions which served in Italy, the 8th served longest.<P> Prior to 1943 the division is tracked in this OB through its component brigades.<P> Organization in Persia, 25 August 1941:<P> 18th Infantry Brigade<BR> 3/10th Baluch Regiment<BR> 1/2nd Gurkha Rifles<BR> 2/3rd Gurkha Rifles<BR> 24th Infantry Brigade<BR> 2/6th Rajputana Rifles<BR> 5/5th Mahratta Light Infantry<BR> 1st Kumaon Rifles<BR> 25th Infantry Brigade<BR> 1/5th Mahratta Light Infantry<BR> 2/11th Sikh Regiment<BR> 3/9th Jat Regiment<BR> 13th DCO Lancers (recon)<BR> 3rd Field Regiment<BR> 11th Field Regiment<P> Organization in Near East, February 1942:<P> 17th Infantry Brigade<BR> 1st Royal Fusiliers<BR> 1/12th Frontier Force Regiment<BR> 1/5th Gurkha Rifles<BR> 18th Infantry Brigade<BR> 2/5th Essex<BR> 1/2nd Gurkha Rifles<BR> 2/3rd Gurkha Rifles<BR> 19th Infantry Brigade<BR> 1/5th Essex<BR> 3/8th Punjab Regiment<BR> 2/6th Gurkha Rifles<BR> 6th Duke of Connaught’s Own Lancers (Watson’s Horse) (recon)<BR> 11th Field Regiment<BR> 32nd Field Regiment<P> Organization Iraq, September 1942:<P> 19th Infantry Brigade<BR> 1/5th Essex<BR> 6/13th Frontier Force Rifles<BR> 3/8th Punjab Regiment<BR> Elms 87th Field Regiment<P> Organization in Italy, 1943-1945:<P> <B>17th Infantry Brigade</B><BR> 1st Royal Fusiliers<BR> 1/12th Frontier Force Regiment<BR> 1/5th Gurkha Rifles<BR> <B>19th Infantry Brigade</B><BR> 1st Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders<BR> 3/8th Punjab Regiment<BR> 6/13th Frontier Force Rifles<BR> <B>21st Infantry Brigade</B><BR> 5th Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment<BR> 1/5th Mahratta Light Infantry<BR> 3/15th Punjab Regiment<BR> 6th Duke of Connaught’s Own Lancers (Watson’s Horse) (recon)<BR> 5th Maharatta Light Infantry (m.g.)<BR> 3rd Field Artillery<BR> 52nd Field Artillery<BR> 53rd Field Artillery<BR> 5th Maharatta Anti-tank Regiment<BR> 26th Light AA Regiment<p>[This message has been edited by Shahid Zaki (edited 15-05-2001).]

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Re: Supreme Valour: IA Units in World War II

Postby Shahid Zaki » 19 May 2001 06:57

Admins,<BR>I wanted to request if this thread can be archived for future references.<P>Thanks,<BR>Shahid Zaki


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