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By James Lawford

This ebook examines the uniforms, gear, historical past and association of the thirtieth Punjabis, from 1857 to their carrier in global battle II. Uniforms are proven in complete illustrated detail.

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As the darkness deepened the Battalion waited grimly for the events of the night to unfold. It rather resembled the outer rind of a cheese from which the cheese itself had been removed: every man, batman, cook, orderly, clerk, was manning the outer trenches; inside there was nothing save the two mortar detachments and the brigade signal terminal. At ten the Japs came. Their leading ranks started to break through the bamboo fence thirty yards away from the trenches, and for a few crucial moments the hard-tried men of ' D ' Company wavered.

The colour also was wrong as the light khaki drill did not blend with the green of the jungle. In July that year Ordnance issued green dye to tide units over until the new olive-green uniform became available in quantity; the many shades of green that resulted from the enthusiastic but unskilled efforts of the amateur dyers would have delighted the eye of a landscape gardener. In November, as the Japanese started to secure jumping-off places for their coming spring offensive, the 1st/16th fought its first major engagement.

It may seem strange that the British forces mortars fired at a range of 100 yards, well inside at Shenam could do nothing to pin down the their authorized minimum. Each night they retroops on their front. The task of the 23rd Division registered their targets by the simple method of at this time was essentially defensive. While screwing their mortars upwards until the bombs Imphal was beleaguered, resources in fire-power descended on the forward trenches; their occuhad to be carefully husbanded.

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