By James Lawford
This ebook examines the uniforms, gear, historical past and association of the thirtieth Punjabis, from 1857 to their carrier in international warfare II. Uniforms are proven in complete illustrated detail.
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Steep slopes were almost impassable and casualties among the mules were many. But the Battalion took all its objectives; the Japanese, attacked in front and rear, were annihilated. Nevertheless, in these inhuman conditions sickness took a heavier toll than the enemy. By the time the Battalion took up its final position on the ridges by the Lokchao River, rifle companies were strong if they could muster forty men. But the 23rd Division's task was over. It had been on the border continuously since May 1942 and now in August 1944, with the Japanese reeling back into Burma, it was to return to India as the reserve division to the 14th Army.
Next day patrols revealed that the Japanese were gone, and now plans were made to replace the somewhat ad hoc defences of the previous evening. Right Peak was clearly the key to the position. This was made a double-company locality and here Battalion Headquarters was sited. Left Peak was held by another company and the fourth held Knoll on the Phalbung ridge. The position resembled a right-angled triangle with Right Peak at the right angle. During the day ' D ' Company marched in, and the Patialas, their task completed, returned to their parent battalion.
They alert for a night attack, but the hours of darkness were now infiltrating north of the road and their passed quietly. Next day patrols pushed forward; artillery had begun to shell the Palel airstrip from they found no live Japanese, only a few corpses positions underneath a mountain about 5,200 feet round the empty 'C' Company trenches beyond high which had been code-named 'Ben Nevis'. On the col. T h a t day the Battalion rested and in the 11 May the Battalion took to the hills with the evening Brigade Headquarters sent their con- aim of capturing Ben Nevis and forcing the gratulations together with the suggestion that Japanese to withdraw their guns.