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14th Army

The badge of this army was a red shield with a narrow white inner border, the centre divided by a black horizontal band on which the roman numerals "XIV" were inscribed in white, set across a white sword hilt upper most.

 

This was the Badge of the Hard Fighting "Fourteenth Army".  This army was formed in November 1943, it was said to be the Largest single Army formed during the 2nd World War, (later to be known as the "Forgotten Army").

 

At the time it was estimated that there were a million men under it's command, it also held the longest battle line of any army during the war, this stretched from the Bay of Bengal to the borders of China, it also fought in some of the most arduous country in the world from Manipur to Rangoon.  

 

The Fourteenth Army’s greatest victories were in the Arakan, at Imphal, Kohima, Kennedy Peak, Mandalay and Meiktilla. This led to the  defeat of the Japanese Imperial Army and the liberation of Burma.

 

The Fourteenth Army was withdrawn to India in June 1945, to prepare for the invasion of Malaya.  The H.Q. followed 34th Corps to Malaya in September 1945.

 

The Army was divided into three Corps and these were:

 

 4th Corps Commanded by Lieut/Gen G Sconnes GSI OBE DSO MC

 

 15th Corps Commanded by Lieut/Gen Alexander Frank Philip Christison CSI CB DSO MC

 

33rd Corps Commanded by Lieut/Gen Sir M Stopford GCB KBE DSO MC

 

The 34th Corps was raised for the Invasion of Malaya

 

The Fourteenth Army never in fact commanded more than three corps  for when the 34th Corps was raised the 4th and 15th Corps had passed on to The Twelfth Army command.

 

The following divisions served in the Fourteenth Army:

 

2nd and 36th British Divisions

11th East African Division

81st and 82nd West African Divisions

 

with the following Indian Divisions:

 

3rd(Chindits) 5th 7th 14th 17th 19th 20th 23rd 25th 26th Indian Divisions

 

The Army was Commanded by Lieut/Gen Sir William Slim (CBE KCB DSO MC) later Field Marshall.

When you go home

tell them of us and say,

For your tomorrow,

we gave our today

Lt Gen Slim at Fort Dufferin, Mandalay, in March 1945 Lt Gen Slim at Fort Dufferin, Mandalay, in March 1945
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