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1st Chindit Expedition 1943

77th Indian Infantry Brigade

13th King's Liverpool Regiment 3/2nd Gurkha Rifles 142 Commando Company 2nd Burma Rifles Eight RAF sections A mule transport company

Commander Brigadier Orde Wingate, DSO late Royal Artillery Brigadier Major succeeded by Major G.M. Anderson Highland Light Infantry Staff Captain Captain H.J. Lord Border Regiment Major R.B.G. Bromhead Royal Berkshire Regiment

The Brigade was divided into two groups and seven columns :

No. 1 Group (Southern) Commander Lt-Colonel Alexander 3/2nd Gurkha Rifles Adjutant Captain Birtwhistle 3/2nd Gurkha Rifles

No. 1 Column Major G. Dunlop, MC Royal Scots No. 2 Column Major A. Emmett 3/2nd Gurkha Rifles

No. 2 Group (Northern) Commander Lt-Colonel S.A. Cooke Lincolnshire Regiment,attached King's Regiment Adjutant Captain D. Hastings King's Regiment Royal Engineers

No. 3 Column Major J.M. Calvert

No. 4 Column Major Conron 3/2nd Gurkha Rifles succeeded by Major R.B.G. Bromhead Royal Berkshire Regiment

No. 5 Column Major B.E. Fergusson Black Watch No. 7 Column Major K.D. Gilkes No. 8 Column Major W.P. Scott 2nd Burma Rifles Adjutant King's Regiment King's Regiment Burma Rifles

Lt-Colonel L.G. Wheeler

Captain P.C. Buchanan

Burma Rifles

Independent Mission Captain D.C. Herring

ORDER OF BATTLE - 2nd Chindit Expedition 1944 Special Force, 3rd Indian Infantry Division

Command and Staff Commander Major-General O.C.Wingate DSO succeeded by Major General W.D.A. Lentaigne Deputy Commander Major-General G.W. Symes, succeeded by Brigadier D. Tulloch Brigadier General Staff Brigadier D. Tulloch, succeeded by Brigadier H.T. Alexander

Headquarters Rear HQ at Gwalior, Central India Main HQ first at Imphal and then at Sylhet, Assam Launching HQ at Lalaghat Tactical/Forward HQ, Shaduzup, Burma

Support Units

Air Force

United States Army Air Force

Colonel P. Cochran USAAF, Colonel J.R. Alison USAAF Royal Artillery 160th Field Regiment, R,S,and U troops 69th Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment, W, X, Y and Z troops

3rd West African Brigade Commander Brigadier A.H. Gillmore, succeeded by Brigadier A.H.G. Ricketts DSO Column 10 HQ column, 7th West African Field Company 6th Battalion Nigeria Regiment 7th Battalion Nigeria Regiment 12th Battalion Nigeria Regiment

Columns 39, 66 Columns 29, 35 Columns 12, 43

3rd West African Field Ambulance

14th British Infantry Brigade Commander Brigadier T. Brodie Column 59 HQ column 2nd Battalion The Black Watch

Columns 42, 73

Columns 16, 61 Columns 65, 84 Columns 47, 74 Support

1st Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Regiment 2nd Battalion York and Lancaster Regiment 7th Battalion Royal Leicestershire Regiment

54th Field Company Royal Engineers

Medical Detachment

16th British Infantry Brigade Commander Brigadier B.E. Fergusson DSO Column 99 HQ column 2nd Battalion Queens Royal Regiment (West Surrey) 2nd Battalion Royal Leicestershire Regiment 51/69 Field Regiments, Royal Artillery (fighting as infantry) 45th Reconnaissance Regiment (fighting as infantry)

Columns 21, 22 Columns 17, 71 Columns 51, 69 Columns 45, 54 Support

2nd Field Company Royal Engineers

Medical Detachment

23rd Indian Infantry Brigade Commander Brigadier Lance E.C.M. Perowne CBE Column 32 HQ column 1st Battalion Essex Regiment 2nd Battalion Duke of Wellington's Regiment 4th Battalion Border Regiment 60th Field Regiment, Royal Artillery (fighting as infantry)

Columns 44, 56 Columns 33, 76 Columns 34, 55 Columns 60, 68 Support

12th Field Company Royal Engineers

Medical Detachment

77th Indian Infantry Brigade Commander Brigadier J.M. Calvert DSO Column 25 HQ column

Mixed Field Company Royal Engineers/Royal Indian Engineers Columns 36, 63 Columns 81, 82 Columns 20, 50 Columns 38, 80 Columns 57, 93 Support 3rd Battalion 6th Gurkha Rifles 1st Battalion King's (Liverpool) Regiment, to 111 Brigade in May 1944 1st Battalion Lancashire Fusiliers 1st Battalion South Staffordshire Regiment 3rd Battalion 9th Gurkha Rifles, to 111 Brigade in May 1944

142 Company Hong Kong Volunteers

Medical and veterinary detachments

111th Indian Infantry Brigade Commander Brigadier W.D.A. Lentaigne, succeeded first by Major J. Masters and then by Brigadier Morris CBE DSO Column 48 HQ column 1st Battalion Cameronians 2nd Battalion Kings Own Royal Regiment (Lancaster)

Columns 26, 90 Columns 41, 46 Column 30 Support

3rd Battalion 4th Gurkha Rifles Mixed Field Company Royal Engineers/Royal Indian Engineers

Medical and veterinary detachments

Morris Force Commander Brigadier J.R. Morris Columns 49, 94 Column 40 4th Battalion 9th Gurkha Rifles

3rd/4th Gurkha Rifles

Dah Force Kachin Levies

Lieut-Colonel D.C. Herring

Bladet (Blain's Detachment) Major Blain Gliderborne commando engineers.

Other Units 2nd Battalion Burma Rifles Four troops 160th Field Regiment Royal Artillery (in artillery role) Four troops 69th Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment Royal Artillery (in artillery role)

Divisional Troops 219th Field Park Company, Royal Engineers Detachment 2nd Burma Rifles 145th Brigade Company, R.A.S.C. 61st Air Supply Company, R.A.S.C. 2nd Indian Air Supply Company, R.I.A.S.C.