Indian anti-tank reg'ts in Italian Campaign

Discussion in 'British Indian Army' started by Seroster, Sep 1, 2018.

  1. Seroster

    Seroster Canadian researcher

    I was wondering, how well equipped were the anti-tank regiments in the Indian divisions in Italy? Did they get any M10s or Archers? 17 pounders?
  2. Gary Kennedy

    Gary Kennedy Member

    Ah, Indian Army WEs, the last great, lost treasure...

    Best I can offer is from a summary document, totalling major items of equipment for the Br Inf Div, Armd Div and Abn Div, a Br Light Div and an Indian Div (standard). For the Indian Div the total atk guns is given as 36; the totals given for Divs are all of their atk guns, which (other than Armd) are not broken down by calibre, so this could include 6-pr, 17-pr and M10. Given the general totals for transport and weapons for the Indian Div I'd be surprised if they were anything more than 6-pr guns, but that's supposition. Further suggestion would be I suppose three Btys of 12 guns each?

    The summary document relates to late 1944 into early 1945.

  3. Seroster

    Seroster Canadian researcher

    I suppose that the transport might not have been any different if they had had towed 17-pounders rather than 6. Infantry divisions in NWE, unless they had something better, were using FATs to start out with.

    Don't suppose there is any mention or photos in the Indian divisional histories?
  4. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

  5. idler

    idler GeneralList

    It looks like only 8 Ind Div had an Indian A/Tk Regt. 4 and 10 Ind Divs both had British ones. I think the Italian ones will be far more standard than the Burma ones which incorporated AA and mortars at times.
  6. Seroster

    Seroster Canadian researcher

    Sorry, I meant the AT regiments in the Indian divisions, whether they were British regiments or not.
  7. idler

    idler GeneralList

    I realise that but TD was going after just the Indian ones.

    Now, no promises, but I have got 149 A/Tk Regt's history Shabash (unless I'm misremembering) somewhere so will try to dig it out tomorrow.
  8. Seroster

    Seroster Canadian researcher

    My local reference library has the 4th Infantry Division history so I could get them to dig it out next weekend.
  9. IKE26

    IKE26 Member

    I have entries of 1943 war diary of 4 (Mahratta) AT.
    They had 6 pdr and 17 pdr.

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