Hi all - I am helping a WW2 veteran who served in a field artillery regiment as part of 19 Infantry Division (Indian) and if I could get a hold of their divisional history "Dagger Division" then there might be some info in that (for both of us). In the meantime, I have mainly relied on the David Hughes book "The Indian Army in the Far East 1944-45" for most of my info - with another couple of books to get a clearer picture as possible of the battle for Mandalay and Fort Dufferin. Regarding the black berets, I always think of tankies and that headwear. I have a copy of the Time-Life China-Burma-India book and turning to page 167 shows a parade and the only berets I can see are on a couple of blokes in front of the Lee tank in the background. I would say the photo on page 165 shows two infantry soldiers standing (wearing slouch hats) and four tankies sitting. If they (including your dad) are tankies I would say they are members of C Squadron, 150th Regiment, RAC (254th Indian Tank Brigade) - that SQN was attached to the 19th Division for the Mandalay battle. From another thread "according to Osprey 150th Regiment RAC (ex 10th York and Lancaster Regiment) in Burma wore their regimental badge on black beret" At King's College, London - "typescript 150 Regiment RAC [Royal Armoured Corps] (Y&L) [York and Lancaster]. Ops report for the period 16 Jan 1945 to 25 Feb 1945', by Maj Norman Leslock Learmouth Palmer, on operations in Burma, 1945" - sounds interesting Dave, thanks for the input but as much as I appreciate it My Dad was not with the tankies. And going back to the picture as I said sten gun, bren gun and short lee enfield no5, as well as the radio set im sure is in front of the soldier with a cap badge and............. added to that is the fact that Dad said they operated as a spearhead unit all add up to a small infantry section of sorts I would be greatly intrested in your veteran from the 19th Indian div opinion on the pic as well as any info in the history if you can find it many thanks for the help and hope to hear more! all the best, Jason.