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The Burma Rifles

Six battalions of The Burma Rifles were formed for the new Burma Army between 1945 and 1946-47, including the reorganised 2nd Battalion, veteran of the 1942 campaign and both Chindit operations.  At independence all six transferred to the new Union of Burma Armed Forces.  

The 1st Battalion, The Burma Rifles

The majority of the 1st Burma Rifles defected to the Communist cause in August 1948.

The 2nd Battalion, The Burma Rifles

The veterans of two Chindit operations were reorganised to form a battalion of the new Burma Army.  The 2nd Burma Rifles fought Karen insurgents at Nyuanglebin in April 1949.

The 3rd Battalion, The Burma Rifles

The 3rd Burma Rifles fought in the Delta, in the Arakan and against the Karens at Insein, Pegu and Toungoo in 1949-50.

The 4th Battalion, The Burma Rifles

The 4th Burma Rifles took part in Operation "Flush" in 1947 and fought insurgents at Pegu in 1949 and in the Delta area around Bassein during 1949 and 1950.

The 5th Battalion, The Burma Rifles

The 5th Burma Rifles fought on the government side in the Arakan in 1948 and at Insein and Pegu in 1949.

The 6th Battalion, The Burma Rifles

The 6th Burma Rifles fought on the government side during the Karen Conflict of 1949-1950, at Thazi and in the Pegu District.

 

14 September 2016

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