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THE 23rd INDIAN INFANTRY DIVISION

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The Badge of this unit was

A Red Fighting Cock on a Light Yellow Circle was the Badge of this Formation, it was designed by Maj/Gen R.A. Savory (C.B. D.S.O. M.C.) it was designed to symbolise both British & Indian Troops without  being offensive to either Muslim  or Hindu religion.

History

In 1942 the Division covered the withdrawal of General Alexander's Army through Imphal, & later fought with distinction around Shenam, Pelal & Tamu, this was during the Japanese offensive against Imphal in 1944

In September 1945 the Division took part in "Operation Zipper" which was the Invasion of Malaya, in the same month it moved on to Java where it's main task was the evacuation of Internees & restoration of Law & Order during the Civil disturbance that took place at that time. 

They were COMMANDED by

Maj/Gen O. Roberts (D.S.O.)

 

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GNR JIM ROWLAND
'B' BATTERY 158 FIELD REGT
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7/5th Mahratta Light Infantry

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STRUCTURE OF THE DIVISION

DIVISIONAL COMMANDER Maj/Gen. O. Roberts (D.S.O.)

Headquarters Brigade
5th Btn 5th Punjab Regt
8th Btn Punjab Regt (M/Gun)
2nd Btn 10th Hyderabad Regt

Divisional Artillery
158th. 179th. Field Regt (Royal Artillery
38th Light A/A Regt (Royal Artillery)
3rd Indian Field Regt (Indian Artillery)
28th Indian Mountain Regt (Indian Artillery)
2nd Indian A/Tank Regt (Indian Artillery)

1st Indian Infantry Brigade
1st Btn Seaforth Highlanders
1st Btn 16th Punjab Regt
1st Btn The Assam Regt
1st Btn Patiala Infantry Regt (State Forces)
COMMANDED by Brig. A. King

37th Indian Infantry Brigade
3rd Btn 3rd Q.A.O. Gurkha Rifles
3rd Btn 5th Royal Gurkha Rifles
3rd Btn 10th Gurkha Rifles
COMMANDED by Brig. H. Maradin

49th Indian Infantry Brigade
4th Btn 5th Mahratta Light Infantry
6th Btn 9th Rajputana Rifles
6th Btn 5th Mahratta Light Infantry
COMMANDED by Brig. F. Esse

Royal Indian Army Service Corps
21st. 24th. 50th. 61st. Animal Trt Coys
121st. 122nd. 123rd. G.P. Trt Coy's
12th. 13th. 14th. 15th. Composite Unit's

Medical Services
I.M.C. R.A.M.C. I.M.D. I.H.C. I.A.M.C.
 
24th. 47th. 49th. Indian Field Ambulances

23rd Indian Division Provost Unit
23rd Indian Division Signals Unit

Indian Army Ordnance Corps
23rd Ordnance Field Park

Indian Electrical & Mechanical Engineers
38th. 61st. Infantry W/Shop Coy's
23rd Indian Division Recovery Coy

Indian Engineers Sappers & Miners
69th. 71st. Field Coy's (K.G.O. Bengal Lancers)
91st Field Coy (Royal Bombay)
305th. 323rd. Field Park Coy's (Q.V.O. Madras)

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