By James Lawford, Michael Youens
This booklet examines the uniforms, apparatus, background and supplier of the thirtieth Punjabis, from 1857 to their carrier in global struggle 2. Uniforms are proven in complete illustrated aspect.
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Water had to be carried up by however much the 1st/16th might deplore it. So the Battalion strengthened its defences and hand from a spring 300 feet below. By day the men awaited the inevitable. On the third day it hap- removed their boots for a couple of hours to pened. During the late afternoon Japanese 105 prevent their feet becoming soft; there could be and 155 mm. guns started to bombard the peaks. no question of taking them off at night. As time Against the heavy 155 mm. shells the head cover passed the men became lousy, and after more than on the weapon pits offered little protection.
The first Indian officer to join the 1st/16th, Lieutenant Pritam Singh, arrived in 1941. The supply of Sikh and Dogra recruits began to run dry; another brisk stroke of the pen and Jats were enlisted to fill Sikh vacancies, Gujars and Ahirs to fill Dogra vacancies. s were very considerable, just at a time when owing to the rapid expansion officers were least able to understand and cope with the type of problem likely to arise. The headlong expansion did considerable harm. The Indian sepoy, excellent as he proved himself to be, needed thorough training and sufficient time to become acclimatized to the military machine if he was to realize anything like his true potential.
The main target, however, was Ben Nevis. For a week, patrols combed the slopes of the mountain. Gradually a picture of the J a p dispositions emerged; they had entrenched two localities, one by each peak. The hillside was not precipitous, but steep and covered in high jungle, with here and there patches of dense undergrowth. A red fighting cock on a yellow background w a s the e m b l e m of the 23rd Indian Division. The e m b l e m w a s worn in all f o r m s of dress on both sleeves, t w o inches below the shoulder Thanks to the jungle the two J a p positions were not intersupporting; a daring patrol managed to penetrate between them and nearly reach the saddle between the two peaks.