20th Division 1945

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  1. zahonado

    zahonado Well-Known Member

    Can anyone give a brief rundown on where the division went in 44 in Burma. Is this the 20th Indian division? Which regiments/units were in it? I think they went down through Mandalay towards Rangoon but any pointers would be helpful. Dates etc very useful. Presumably Mandalay in early May, and Rangoon June? Thanks.
     
  2. Owen

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  3. zahonado

    zahonado Well-Known Member

    Thanks Owen..I always forget to look in the most obvious places!
     
  4. dryan67

    dryan67 Senior Member

    Try one of the following series for the moves of the 20th Indian Infantry Division:

    Kempton, Chris. Loyalty and Honour: The Indian Army September 1939 – August 1947: Part I Divisions. Milton Keynes: Military Press, 2003. Kempton, Chris. Loyalty and Honour: The Indian Army September 1939 – August 1947: Part II Brigades. Milton Keynes: Military Press, 2003. Kempton, Chris. Loyalty and Honour: The Indian Army September 1939 – August 1947: Part III. Milton Keynes: Military Press, 2003.

    OR

    Hughes, David; Ryan, David A.; and Rothwell, Steve. The British Armies in World War Two: An Organisational History. West Chester, Ohio: George F. Nafziger, 1999-2008.
    - Volume 9: The Indian Army – Part 2; The Indian Army in the East, 2006.
    - Volume 10: The Indian Army – Part 3; The Indian Army in the East, 2008.
     
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  5. 5thindiandivision

    5thindiandivision Indian Division

    Hi,
    Copies of some of the 20th Ind Div booklet for 1944 which may help.

    Let me know if you need any more.

    Regards

    James
     

    Attached Files:

  6. reddevon

    reddevon Member

    glad to see the Devons get mentioned a couple of times, Is there more to this booklet?
     
  7. davidbfpo

    davidbfpo Well-Known Member

    The Divisional Commander, General Gracey, is the focus of a book published in 2014 by Palgrave: 'Vietnam and the Unravelling of Empire General Gracey in Asia 1942-1951' by T.O. Smith, an Associate Professor of History at Huntington University, USA, who speciality is in decolonisation and political violence in South and Southeast Asia.

    Palgrave's website shows there is a chapter on the 20th for Burma 1942-1945, a two page preview is available: Vietnam and the Unravelling of Empire - General Gracey in Asia 1942-1951 | T. Smith | Palgrave Macmillan


    This chapter details the care Gracey exercised in preparing the 20th for war.

    I have been unable - yet - to find a library which has the book! SOAS, RUSI, NAM, IWM for starters.



    It is available still via: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Vietnam-Unravelling-Empire-General-1942-1951/dp/1349496561

    The division's British battalions were removed in April 1945: https://usacac.army.mil/CAC2/CGSC/CARL/nafziger/944PIAA.pdf


     
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  8. davidbfpo

    davidbfpo Well-Known Member

    YouTube today pointed to a Mark Felton documentary 'Britain's Vietnam war'; it is only eight minutes and reaches a remarkable conclusion:
    At one point the film refers to British, Indian and Ghurkha troops - when we know the British units had been withdrawn before Saigon.
    Link:
     

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