The Burma Campaign

16th Indian Infantry Brigade

The Brigade was formed at Wah, India on 1st October 1940 under the command of the 7th Indian Infantry Division.  In 1941 it was designated to be an independent brigade and dispatched to Burma where it began arriving at the end of November.

First to arrive were the Brigade Headquarters, the 1st Battalion, 9th The Jat Regiment and the 4th Battalion, 12th Frontier Force Regiment. These went to Mandalay where the Brigade came directly under Burma Army command as a general reserve.  The 1st Battalion, 7th Gurkha Rifles arrived at Rangoon on 16th December 1941 and sent straight to Moulmein.  Here, the Battalion was joined by the rest of the Brigade on 14th January 1942.  The Brigade came under the command of the Headquarters, 17th Indian Infantry Division which had arrived at Rangoon on 12th January and had moved immediately to Moulmein, arriving the next day.

After the retreat to India, on 25th September 1942, at Digboi, Assam it was redesignated as the 116th Indian Infantry Brigade and became a training formation for the duration of the war against Japan.

 

Brigade Commander

Brigadier-General J.K. Jones.

 

 

16th Indian Infantry Brigade upon arrival in Burma – November-December 1942

     1st Battalion, 9th The Jat Regiment   

 

     4th Battalion, 12th Frontier Force Regiment   

(arrived Rangoon on 16th December 1941)

     1st Battalion, 7th Gurkha Rifles        

 

 

 

 

 

16th Indian Infantry Brigade at Kawkareik– 20th/22nd January 1942                   

     1st Battalion, 9th The Jat Regiment   

 

     4th Battalion, 12th Frontier Force Regiment   

 

     1st Battalion, 7th Gurkha Rifles        

(at Moulmein, detached to 2nd Burma Brigade Group from 9th January 1942)

     4th Battalion, The Burma Rifles

(attached from 2nd Burma Brigade Group)

 

1 December 2017