New PDF release: 30th Punjabis (Men-at-Arms, Volume 31)

By James Lawford

ISBN-10: 0850450616

ISBN-13: 9780850450613

This booklet examines the uniforms, apparatus, historical past and association of the thirtieth Punjabis, from 1857 to their provider in international battle II. Uniforms are proven in complete illustrated detail.

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However into some Japanese on the ridge near Khudei that might be, one thing became clear: there were Khunou and that he had ordered the Patialas to no Japanese in Shongphel. drive them out. As in the clear sunlight of a perfect On 30 April the Brigade was withdrawn into morning the Battalion drew near the village, there 30 came the sounds of heavy firing; a little farther on stretcher-bearers appeared carrying back Patiala casualties, always an enlivening spectacle before an engagement. T h e Battalion halted, while the Colonel walked forward to see the Patiala company commander.

During the fighting round Imphal, British officers blackened their faces and carried rifles, and this undoubtedly reduced the casualty rates. O u t of the total casualty list, only eleven men were listed as missing; these were all lost at the action in the Chin Hills. Thereafter the Battalion had not a man missing or unaccounted for. After the return to India, the Division was alerted for various landings from the sea, all of which were cancelled. In August 1945 it landed in Malaya. The operation was conducted without firing, not entirely to its dismay.

The rifle companies had escaped more lightly; the bombs had fallen into clumps of bamboo and their effect had been smothered. Nevertheless, each company had suffered one or two casualties; when bombs meant to support an attack fall instead on the attackers, it does little to stimulate the enthusiasm of men already highly tensed at the prospect of imminent combat. Now the guns opened up. They were firing at long range, about 9,000 yards; it had proved impossible to tow them any nearer; the changeable climatic conditions affected the flight of the shells and many fell wide.

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