anti-tank guns and the light tank platoon came into action at Pegu on 6 March.
The guns were captured by a company of the 1st West Yorks,
supported by tanks. The three
tanks were quickly knocked out at long range by Stuarts of 7th
Hussars. A fourth tank had
been lost earlier whilst crossing the Sittang River.
The parent light tank company had been left in Thailand, these four
tanks had been driven on their tracks all the way from Thailand.
Infantry Group Headquarters had been sent to Guam, with the Division’s third
regiment, 144th Regiment, and other sub-units under command.
When the main invasion began the second battalion of 143rd
Regiment (2/143 Battalion) was at Victoria Point and 3/112 Battalion was at
Tavoy. Both battalions rejoined
Cavalry Regiment’s normal composition was three mounted infantry companies,
vehicle company, one MMG company and an anti-tank gun company.
The missing elements had also been sent to Guam.