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THE 26th INDIAN INFANTRY DIVISION

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 The Badge of this unit was

A Yellow & Black Royal Bengal Tiger stepping out of a Blue Triangle set on a Black Triangular background, the Triangle was taken from the Greek letter Delta, for it was in the Honli Delta that the Division was raised from H.Q. Presidency & Assam District Troops, in April 1942, because of it's Badge it was known as the "Tigers Head" Division.

History

They were moved into the Arakan Area in the Winter of 1943,  they first saw action in January 1943 in the Kalapinzin Valley & South of the Maundaw-Buthidaung Road.  

The Division fought it's way to the relief  of the 7th Division in their "Admin Box" at Sinzwa, the formation took part in the Amphibious Operation down the Burma coast in support of the "Fourteenth Army", through Mandalay, Meiktilla, & down the Irrawaddy . 

The Division was allocated the task of the Capture of Rangoon by sea, troops were landed  ten miles south of the City on the 2nd May 1945, & were able to Capture the City before the arrival of  troops from the main body of the "Fourteenth Army" advancing southwards from Pegu.

After the Capture of  Rangoon the Division was returned to India to become part of the 34th Corps, & subsequently saw service in the Dutch East-Indies.  

They were COMMANDED by 

Maj.Gen C.E.N. Lomas (C.B. D.S.O. M.C.)

 

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STRUCTURE OF THE DIVISION

DIVISIONAL COMMANDERS:
MAJ/GEN. C.E.N. Lomax (C.B. C.B.E. D.S.O. M.C.)
MAJ/GEN.  H.M. Chambers (O.B.E. D.S.O.)

Headquarters Brigade
12th Btn 12th Frontier Force Rifles (M/Gun)

Divisional Artillery
160th  (Jungle) Field Regt (Royal Artillery)
20th Indian Mountain Regt (Indian Artillery)

4th Indian Infantry Brigade
1st Btn The Wiltshire Regt
2nd Btn 7th Rajput Regt
8th Btn 8th Punjab Regt
6th Btn 11th Sikh Regt
2nd Btn 13th Frontier Force Rifles
3rd Btn 9th Gurkha Rifles
COMMANDED by
Brig. A.W. Lowther (O.B.E. D.S.O.)
Brig. J.F.R. Forman (C.B.E. D.S.O.)

36th Indian Infantry Brigade
1st Btn North Staffordshire Regt
8th Btn 13th Frontier Force Rifles
5th Btn 16th Punjab Regt
1st Btn 8th Gurkha Rifles
COMMANDED by
Brig. (later Maj/Gen) L.G.Thomas (C.B.E. D.S.O. M.C.)
Brig. K.S. Thimayya (D.S.O.)
Brig. G.L. Roberts (O.B.E.)
Brig. I.C.A. Lauder
Brig. J.A. Mellsup

71st Indian Infantry Brigade
1st Btn The Lincolnshire Regt
 
5th Btn 1st Punjab Regt
7th Btn 15th Punjab Regt
9th Btn 15th Punjab Regt
1st Btn 18th Royal Garhwal Rifles
COMMANDED by
Brig. G.G.C. Bull (D.S.O.)
Brig. R.C. Cattrell=Hill (D.S.O. O.B.E. M.C.)

Brig. H.N. Chambers (C.B.E.) later Maj/Gen.
Brig. H.P.I. Hutchingson

Royal Indian Army Service Corps
44th. 48th. 51st. 58th. Animal Trt Coy's (Mule)
Divisional Supply Issue Units
44th. 75th. 166th. G.P. Trt Coy's

Medical Services
I.M.C. R.A.M.C. I.M.D. I.H.D. I.A.M.C.
 
1st. 46th. 48th. Indian Field Ambulances

26th Indian Division Provost Unit
26th Indian Division Signals Unit

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Indian Army Ordnance Corps
Divisional Ordnance Sub-Park

Indian Electrical & Mechanical Engineers
54th.55th. Indian W/Shop Coy's
26th Indian Division Recovery Unit

Indian Engineers Sappers & Miners 
72nd. Field Coy (K.G.O. Bengal Lancers)
 
28th. 98th. Field Coy's (Royal Bombay)
128th. Field Park Coy (Royal Bombay)

 

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