1st Burma Division
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1st Burma Division - Burma 1942

1-Jul-41       Formed   with divisional HQ at Toungoo

20-Jun-42    After the retreat from Burma, the division was redesignated 39th Indian Division in India and eventually became a training formation.

Commanders

Maj Gen  J Bruce-Scott

 

The divisional order of battle changed during the campaign.  Orders of battle for selected dates are presented below.

1. 1st July 1941

2. 11 March 1942

 

1.   1st Burma Division Division - 1 July 1941

 

Divisional Troops

Artillery
   Mountain Batteries
2nd Mountain Battery, Indian Artillery
5th Field Battery, Royal Artillery, Burma Auxiliary Force (Rangoon Field Brigade)
23rd Mountain Battery, Indian Artillery
Engineers
   Field Companies
56th Field Company, Madras Sappers and Miners

 Brigades

1 Burma Brigade Group (The Maymyo Infantry Brigade)
2nd Battalion, The King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry (KOYLI)
1st Battalion, The Burma Rifles
3rd Battalion, The Burma Rifles
5th Battalion, The Burma Rifles
2 Burma Brigade Group
2nd Battalion, The Burma Rifles
4th Battalion, The Burma Rifles
6th Battalion, The Burma Rifles
8th (Frontier Force) Battalion, The Burma Rifles
13 Indian Infantry Brigade
5th Battalion, 1st Punjab Regiment
2nd Battalion 7th Rajput Regiment
1st Battalion, 18th Royal Garwhal Rifles
12th Mountain Battery, Indian Artillery

 

2.   1st Burma Division Division - 11 March 1942

 

 

             

Divisional Troops


Artillery

Mountain Regiments

27th Mountain Regiment, Indian Artillery HQ

Mountain Batteries

2nd Mountain Battery, Indian Artillery

23rd Mountain Battery, Indian Artillery

Engineers

Field Companies

56th Field Company, Queen Victoria's Own Madras Sappers and less two sections

Miners

Field Park Companies

50th Field Park Company, Queen Victoria's Own Madras Sappers and Miners

Infantry

Burma Frontier Force

FF1, Burma Frontier Force attached

FF5, Burma Frontier Force attached
 

Brigades


1 Burma Brigade Group 

2nd Battalion, 7th Rajput Regiment (2/7th Rajput)

1st Battalion, The Burma Rifles

5th Battalion, The Burma Rifles

2nd Battalion, The Burma Rifles attached

2 Burma Brigade Group 

5th Battalion, 1st Punjab Regiment (5/1st Punjab)

7th (Burma Police) Battalion, The Burma Rifles

FF3, Burma Frontier Force

13 Indian Infantry Brigade

1st Battalion, 18th Royal Garhwal Rifles (1/18th R Garh Rif)

 

07 September, 2014

 

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