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Subject: British Army Artillery units in Burma & Nepal during WW2
gopsill@libero.it    4/13/2001 4:26:11 PM
I am trying to find information on British Army Artillery units in Burma and Nepal during WW2, including lists of personnel if possible. Can anyone help please ? Thank you. BRG
 
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colinstairs@hotmail.com    RE:British Army Artillery units in Burma & Nepal during WW2   3/22/2002 7:30:32 AM
I have a great-uncle who was a mountain warefare artilleryman in WW2 in the Khyber pass area. He is just learning technology and is in ill health, but I could pass along a couple questions. He has retained a strong interest in the military and has written on Afghanistan.
 
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kidsgrovetkd@fsmail.net    RE:British Army Artillery units in Burma & Nepal during WW2   8/18/2002 4:23:30 AM
My grandfather was in the artillery during WW2 and was in Burma. He was in Calcutta, Chittagong, Coxs BAzarr, Arkhan, Kohima. I too am trying to find his unit, and who they were attached to. Have you have any joy? He was Fred Langston (gunner)
 
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Nate    RE:British Army Artillery units in Burma & Nepal during WW2   3/6/2003 2:11:42 PM
The British official histories will have some detail about the British and Indian divisions in Burma in WWII. At the beginning of that war, about every third battalion in an Indian Army division was British. There would've been one artillery battalion ("regiment" may have been word used) in each brigade and three brigades per division. British Army divisions were of course all British.
 
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solipsist    RE:British Army Artillery units in Burma & Nepal during WW2   4/4/2003 6:42:25 PM
Some of these posts date back a while, but for anyone still interested. I did quite a bit of research on the 14th Army in India/Burma some time back. I don't have much info on this specificaly but here is what I know (this is not necessarily comprehensive): 14th Army artillery 18th (self-propelled) Field Regiment, RA 134th Medium Regiment, RA 52nd Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment, RA 69th Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment, RA 2nd Indian Field Regiment, IA 2nd Indian Light Anti-aircraft Regiment, IA 5th Mahratta anti-tank regiment, IA 656th Air Op Squadron, RAF IVth Corps artillery 8th Medium Regiment, RA 1st Indian Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment, IA 67th Indian Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment, IA 1st Survey regiment, RA XXXIIIrd Corps artillery 10th Regiment, RA 16th Regiment, RA 99th Regiment, RA 100th Light Regiment, RA This should give people somewhere to start looking. From my own experience the next move would be to check out the British Library. Head down there with some ID and you will be given an interview where you have to explain what you are researching. It's a bit of a hassle, but the staff are excellent, and the library holds the largest collection of books and documents in the world.
 
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gunner    RE:British Army Artillery units in Burma & Nepal during WW2   8/26/2003 8:20:40 PM
If you are looking for a particular person, rather than the history, and you believe he was artillery, be aware that as the war progressed, many men were re-roled into other arms. My 86 yr old neighbour was heavy AA in England until the blitz died down, then was packed off with the Chindits as an infantry 'replacement unit' filler - until he got hospitalized back.
 
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wes49oca    RE:British Army Artillery units in Burma & Nepal during WW2   6/24/2005 3:03:16 PM
I'm seeking any information on 19 Field Battery 9 Field Regiment which served as part of 39 or 20 Indian div during WW2 in Burma.
 
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neutralizer    RE:British Army Artillery units in Burma & Nepal during WW2   6/25/2005 4:32:22 AM
Have a look at this site, http://members.tripod.com/~nigelef/index.htm it includes lists of all field arty units and where and when and formation. 9 Fd Regt seems to have been a standard regt, so all its btys would have had 8 25-pdrs. Re the original question, there's no sign of any RA being in Nepal.
 
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Joe90    136th   2/1/2007 10:21:07 AM
My father was in the 136th(1st West Lancashire) field Regiment  Royal Artillery Corporal Fred Noble (Tarzan) I am trying to find out more about them
 
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neutralizer       2/2/2007 2:31:51 AM
The link I posted a couple back shows they were mostly with 7 Indian Div.  For the artillery view of the campaign in Burma you need to get "The Far East Theatre 1941-46' by Farndale.
 
However, if your man was a 'corporal' then he was not RA.  Looking at the 1944 organisation of a field regiment (through the previous link) he was attached to them, either as a cook, or in their R Signals Troop or in their Light Aid Detachment of the Royal Electrical & Mechanical Engineers (there's one or two other remote possibilities including RAF).  In artillery junior non-commissioned officers with 2 stripes were called 'bombadiers' not 'corporals'.
 
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Joe90       2/4/2007 8:31:46 AM
My father was in the 136th West Lancashier Field Regiment Royal Artillery at Kohima and Infal Corp Fred Noble (Tarzan) also cook.
 
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