Hi Everyone, Loving this thread re 25th Dragoons. Dad was Squadron A and I see GillT your loved one was as well. The 25ths were not odds and sods of men. My Father, the only Class One Mechanic with 25ths....... and his comrades were highly trained and skilled Army Soldiers. There was a core of specially trained men who transferred from 3rd Carabineers when Slim first decided that tanks could be a very valuable asset in the jungles of Burma. Dad was one of this cadre of men transferred in Feb 1941 to 25th Dragoons. He along with the other members of the cadre had been highly trained in all aspects of jungle war fare and survival ready for the second advance into the Arakhan in Jan 1944. The 25ths were transported secretly by sea in Dec 1943...this is an amazing story in its own right.....and were hidden in the jungle near Chamba. The Japanese were not expecting this superior battle fire from the Allies especially Sqd C of 25ths whose tank men were some of the most accurate gun fighters from the tanks, who were able to knock out the Japanese bunkers that up until them were unpenetrable. Without the new warfare techniques of air supply of supplies, the 25ths and the other units at The Admin Box would have all been slaughtered. The tanks were buried up to their turrets to guard the outer circle of the Admin Box to repel the Japanese. Other units war history state that without the fire power and protection of 25ths for the men on the ground, casualties would have been even worse. There are a lot of books about...Some Letters from Burma by Tom Grounds himself part of 25th Dragoons. So far I have come across 2 others whose loved ones were part of the 25th Dragoons. The Koheima Museum in York (they have a FB page) are amazing as is WW2 Burma Research Page on FB. All these folk are passionate that our loved ones must not be forgotten. Would love to chat to anyone whose loved ones were 25th Dragoons. There is a great War Diary FB page run by Andy Newson. He has obtained for me The 25ths War Diaries which make scary but riveting reading. The 25ths and their Lee Grant tanks played pivotal roles at The Battle of The Admin Box in Feb 1944 and helping to defeat The Japanese for the first time in WW2. The 25ths role is largely overlooked by History but one Book The Last Stand by Bryan Perret rates The Battle of The Box as one of the 10 battles in History that was won against all odds. Ranking alongside Little Big Horn, The Alamo, Arnhem Bridge etc. For me The 25ths fought in the worst conditions imaginable, all the public hears about re WW2 is the Battle of Britain and Dunkirk...... little or no knowledge or understanding of what went on in the jungles of Burma. It is no wonder these guys who returned home came back as very changed men scarred for life by the horrendous things they saw and endured. Most suffered Post War Syndrome that never left them...no help or understanding from the authorities of the day. These were exceedingly brave men who were sent into the jungles of Burma knowing they would probably not survive, these new jungle tactics were not tried and tested. But survive many did against all the odds. Odds and Sods of men... I do not think so.