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9th (Reserve) Battalion, The Burma Rifles

A much revised and extended history of this holding battalion.  25th June 2016

4th Battalion, The Burma Regiment

A history of this battalion of the Burma Regiment which fought with the Northern Kachin Levies. 7th June 2016

The Karen Rifles

Brief history of the three battalions of the Karen Rifles, part of the new Burma Army from 1945-1949. 7th June 2016

The Kokine Garrison Battalion, Burma Frontier Force

Update to include details of companies recruited and trained by the Chin Hills Battalion, BFF. 23rd May 2016

The Southern Shan States Battalion, Burma Frontier Force

Updates to include details of a company of the Battalion that came under command of Captain Thompson's party.  16th May 2016

Researching Ancestors in the Burma Army
Added details of the "British Army, Indian Volunteer Forces Long Service & Good Conduct Medal, 1915-1939"
register available on the FindMyPast web site.  Awards made to members of the Burma Auxiliary Force and its 
predecessors may now be found.  25th February 2016
The Burma Intelligence Corps - Platoon Histories 
Brief, fragmentary histories of each of the sixteen platoons of the Burma Intelligence Corps. February 2016
The Burma Intelligence Corps 
A much expanded history of this corps of interpreters.  February 2016
The 2nd Battalion, The Burma Rifles 
New details added describing the role of the Battalion with the Chindits.  6th November 2015
Indian Army Lists Online 
Added by FIBIS in September 2015 are links to the Indian Army Lists online at the Digital Library of India.  September 2015
The Burma Frontier Force

Minor updates to the histories of all battalions of the Burma Frontier Force.

The Burma Military Police

A revised general history of the Burma Military Police, 1937-42.

The Mandalay Battalion, Burma Military Police

A reconstructed history of the Mandalay Battalion, BMP.

The 1st and 2nd Rangoon Battalions, Burma Military Police

A reconstructed history of the 1st and 2nd Rangoon Battalions, BMP.

The Kokine Garrison Battalion, Burma Frontier Force
Researching Ancestors in the Burma Army

Draft research guidelines listing sources that may contain details of members of the Burma Army.

F.F.7, Burma Frontier Force

Additional updates to the history of this mobile detachment of the Burma Frontier Force, 1942.

F.F.7, Burma Frontier Force

A revised reconstructed history of this mobile detachment of the Burma Frontier Force, 1942.

F.F.9, Burma Frontier Force

A reconstructed history of this mobile detachment of the Burma Frontier Force, 1942.

F.F.3, Burma Frontier Force

A reconstructed history of this mobile detachment of the Burma Frontier Force, 1940-1942.

F.F.4, Burma Frontier Force

A reconstructed history of this mobile detachment of the Burma Frontier Force, 1941-1942.

F.F.2, Burma Frontier Force

A reconstructed history of this mobile detachment of the Burma Frontier Force, 1940-1942.

Officers and Men of the Burma Army
A project by the author, Steve Rothwell, that lists primarily officers who served with units of the Army in Burma (Burma Army).
This page summarises from where the officers were found and provides an introduction to
F.F.6, Burma Frontier Force

A reconstructed history of this mobile detachment of the Burma Frontier Force, 1942.

F.F.8, Burma Frontier Force

A reconstructed history of this mobile detachment of the Burma Frontier Force, 1942.

F.F.5, Burma Frontier Force

A reconstructed history of this mobile detachment of the Burma Frontier Force, 1941-1942.

F.F.1, Burma Frontier Force

A reconstructed history of this mobile detachment of the Burma Frontier Force, 1940-1942.

The Burma Frontier Force

Revised and expanded history of the Burma Frontier Force, 1937-1942.

The Chin Hills Battalion, Burma Frontier Force

Updates to the summary history of this battalion, 1937-1942.

The Myitkyina Battalion, Burma Frontier Force

A summary history of the battalion, transferred from the Burma Military Police in 1937 and headquartered at Myitkyina.

The Reserve Battalion, Burma Frontier Force

A summary history of the battalion, transferred from the Burma Military Police in 1937 and headquartered at Pyawbwe.

The Bhamo Battalion, Burma Frontier Force

A summary history of the battalion, transferred from the Burma Military Police in 1937 and headquartered at Bhamo.

The Northern Shan States Battalion, Burma Frontier Force

A summary history of the battalion, transferred from the Burma Military Police in 1937 and headquartered at Lashio.

The Southern Shan States Battalion, Burma Frontier Force

A summary history of the battalion, transferred from the Burma Military Police in 1937 and headquartered at Taunggyi.

The Kokine Battalion, Burma Frontier Force

A summary history of the battalion, raised in 1940 to provide guard detachments for R.A.F. aerodromes.

"Scenes on the Irrawaddy - 1st April 1942"

Wartime film including shots of men of the 2nd Battalion, Burma Rifles, the 1st Battalion, The Gloucestershire Regiment and 
their C.O., Lt. Colonel C.E.K. Bagot and a patrol from a Frontier Force Column, Burma Frontier Force 
and the officer in command, Captain J.O.V. Edwards (Courtesy of the Imperial War Museum).

Officers and Men of the Burma Army
Officers of the Rangoon Battalion, BAF in January 1941.  Men of the 1st Coastal Battery, BAF, selected for transfer
to the Burma Intelligence Corps in February 1945.
13th Battalion, The Burma Rifles - Summary of Operations
Updated to include details of the formation of a Ferry Company at Takaw in December 1941..
6th Battalion, The Burma Rifles - Summary of Operations
An incomplete summary drawn from the Indian Official History and the war diaries of other battalions and formations.
No war diary or documents for the 6th Battalion survived.
2nd Battalion, The Burma Rifles - Summary of Operations
Updated operational summary now includes the battalion war diary for 1942.
War Diary of 2nd Battalion, The Burma Rifles
A transcription of the file for 1942 including details of the Composite Burma Rifles Battalion, India June 1942.
Burma Army - 1937
Order of battle on separation from Indian in 1937, taken from the Indian Army List for October 1937.
14th Battalion, The Burma Rifles - Summary of Operations
Operational summary drawn from the battalion war diary.
War Diary of 14th Battalion, The Burma Rifles
A transcription of the file, describing the epic trek from Taunggyi to India - 20th April - 11th June 1942.
13th Battalion, The Burma Rifles - Summary of Operations
Operational summary drawn from the battalion war diary.
War Diary of 13th Battalion, The Burma Rifles
A transcription of the file, giving only disposition details for January and February 1942 - all that survived.
12th Battalion, The Burma Rifles - Summary of Operations
Operational summary drawn from the battalion war diary.
War Diary of 12th Battalion, The Burma Rifles
A transcription of the file, reconstructed from memory in India following the retreat, to view or download, together with 
extensive footnotes gleaned from other sources.
11th Battalion, The Burma Rifles - Summary of Operations
Operational summary drawn from the battalion war diary.
War Diary of 11th Battalion, The Burma Rifles
A transcription of the file, reconstructed from memory in India following the retreat, to view or download, together with 
extensive footnotes gleaned from other sources.
10th Battalion, The Burma Rifles - Summary of Operations
Operational summary drawn from the battalion war diary.
War Diary of 10th Battalion, The Burma Rifles
A transcription of the file (only January and February 1942 survive), to view or download, together with extensive footnotes gleaned 
from other sources.
9th Battalion, The Burma Rifles - Summary of Operations
Operational summary drawn from the battalion war diary.
War Diary of 9th Battalion, The Burma Rifles
A transcription of the file (only February 1942 survives), to view or download, together with extensive footnotes gleaned 
from other sources.
Officers and Men of the Burma Army
New page that will list officers and men identified as having served with the Burma Army.
8th Battalion, The Burma Rifles - Summary of Operations
Operational summary drawn from the battalion war diary.
War Diary of 8th Battalion, The Burma Rifles
A transcription of the file, to view or download, together with extensive footnotes gleaned from other sources.
7th Battalion, The Burma Rifles - Summary of Operations
Operational summary drawn from the battalion war diary.
War Diary of 7th Battalion, The Burma Rifles
A transcription of the file, to view or download, together with extensive footnotes gleaned from other sources.
5th Battalion, The Burma Rifles - Summary of Operations
Operational summary drawn from the battalion war diary.
War Diary of 5th Battalion, The Burma Rifles
A transcription of the file, to view or download, together with extensive footnotes gleaned from other sources.
Battalions of the Burma Auxiliary Force
Burma Railways Battalion; Tenasserim Battalion; Upper Burma Battalion
4th Battalion, The Burma Rifles - Summary of Operations
Operational summary drawn from the battalion war diary.
War Diary of 4th Battalion, The Burma Rifles
A transcription of the file, to view or download, together with extensive footnotes gleaned from other sources.
1st Battalion, The Burma Rifles - Summary of Operations
Operational summary drawn from the battalion war diary..
War Diary of 1st Battalion, The Burma Rifles
A transcription of the file, to view or download, together with extensive footnotes gleaned from other sources.
War Diary of 3rd Battalion, The Burma Rifles 
A transcription of the file, to view or download, together with extensive footnotes gleaned from other sources.
3rd Battalion, The Burma Rifles
Brief history of the 3rd Burma Rifles until disbandment on 12th April 1942
Burma Army Expansion - Strength Return Tables by Class
Strength returns by class for September 1939 and April 1941
Expansion of the Officer Corps
Description of how officers were found to replaces those posted away and to support the expansion of the Burma Army 1939-1941
Strength Returns for the Burma Auxiliary Force and the Burma Territorial Force
Strength returns for October 1940 and February 1941 (BAF only)
Burma Army: Order of Battle for 19th June 1941
Major organisation and location statement of fighting units for 19th June 1941
1st Battalion, The Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers
War Diary of the 1st Battalion, The Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers - 1st February - 30th April 1942
The Burma Intelligence Corps
Photos of men of the BIC, courtesy of the Anglo-Burmese Library.
The 2nd Burma Rifles
Photos of men of the BIC, courtesy of the Anglo-Burmese Library.
ABRO - the Army in Burma Reserve of Officers
An introduction to this scheme and links to full listings of those enrolled via the Anglo-Burmese Library web site.
Reorganisation of the Burma Army - India May 1942 - November 1943
What became of the Burma Army following the 'Longest Retreat'?  The story of reorganisation in India has now been added.
The Burma Regiment
Further details of formation and subsequent re-organisation now added.
The Burma Intelligence Corps
Brief details of the formation and composition of this corps.
The Anglo-Burmese Library
A site dedicated to the collection, indexing and preservation of records and histories of families in colonial-era Burma.  
The link above takes you to the 'War Against Japan' page. Details available include lists of officers in the Burma Army.
The Burma Auxiliary Force
Updates to the history of the BAF, including eventual disbandment with the expansion of the Burma Intelligence Corps.
The 1st Heavy or Coast Defence Battery, BAF 
Forming the coast artillery defences of the Examination Battery at Dry Tree Point on the Rangoon River.  
Later to join the defences of Calcutta.
The Rangoon Field Brigade, RA, Burma Auxiliary Force
History of the various units of the Rangoon Field Brigade, BAF
'Elephant Man' who staged daring WWII rescues - External link to BBC News story - opens in new window
British tea planter Gyles Mackrell organised the evacuation of hundreds of people from Burma in 1942.
New Book about Kohima:  "Road of Bones"
 A new book by journalist Fergal Keane.  Read reviews and listen to the author at Amazon here: 
Road of Bones: The Siege of Kohima 1944 - The Epic Story of the Last Great Stand of Empire
The Battle for Burma
 A new book by Roy Conyers Nesbit available from Pen & Sword.  Read a review here

New Bookstores - UK visitors please click here 

 
The Kohima Museum, York, England 
A collection commemorating the 2nd Division and the battle for Kohima. A new website has just been launched - see: 
http://www.kohimamuseum.co.uk/
Demolitions at Rangoon, March 1942
Dramatic photographs of the British destruction of the docks and warehouses at Rangoon. Thanks to John Hodge.
3rd LAA Regiment, IA - Christmas Card 1944
Thanks to Chris Mabbott for this Christmas Card
17th Indian Infantry Division - Christmas Card 1945
I'm indebted to Paul Lamprill for photos of the divisional Christmas Card for 1945.  Paul - please contact me.
George MacDonald Fraser - In Memoriam 
Burma veteran and famous novelist.
Kohima
Summary of the famous battle and the order of battle of the Kohima Garrison.
The Retreat to India
The final episode of the 1942 campaign.

3rd Light Antiaircraft Battery, RA, Burma Auxiliary Force.

A short history and photographs of the pre-war BAF and the survivors of the "3rd AckAck" in India, May 1942.

 

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