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 Post subject: Burma Uniform Insignia?
PostPosted: Sun Jul 19, 2015 8:29 am 
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I nahve this photo of my Grandad who was in Burma at the end of the war. Im know he was in West Yorks, 5th Indian Div, so initially thought it was the ball of fire on his BD (think it's Jungle BD), but lookng at it closely it seems it's something on the end of some sort of tab.

Also trying to work out if he woul have worn insignia at all. The few photos I have it varies a bit.

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Group: Beyond the Chindwin, Burma campaign.
Can't really make it out chap.
The uniform is Jungle greens by the looks of it and shading.

Do you know what year this was taken ?

Doesn't look like the early run dyed KD's so might indicate later war issued uniforms.???

Great pic though mate, cheers for sharing.

Generally insignia wasn't worn in theatre operationally, their kit here looks very clean, smart, so probably walking out gear.

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I haven't done the whole pic, he is wearing shoes, not boots and gaiters, so could be right there. I have a couple more, a studio one in Jungle BD with ball opf fire insognia, boots and gaiters, so maybe best BD? I'll upload some more.

I need to check his service records but I don't think he was in Burma till 44 until he was demobed 45-46, having been in the desert form 42.


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It does look like the 5th Div Badge. I have seen some insignia slips which go from the epaulet down the arm so are more secure than just being on poppers but can be removed just as easily. Hi Cap Badge on the underside of the slouch hat brim IS West Yorks so it probably is 5th Div.


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Ah, so slips is what they could be. DO you have any pics of them?
He was in W Yorks according to his Service record,a nd another pic i have clearly shows it. The coloured photo suggests 5th I Div, and looks like it's sewn on, but is this best BD and not for operational use?


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I'll see if I can find some photos from my hard-drive.

Did he serve in the Western Desert too, as he's wearing the Africa Star.


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Yes I believe he did. Part of west yorks when they were reorganised into 2nd btn in 5 Indian Div (i think)


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My uncle was in the Sherwood foresters teaching jungle warfare training in Burma, I have letters of him mentioning that the Japs were just over the hill from him, I also have a picture of him with a Reising submachine gun. What badge did they have.


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Notts and Derby. I'll have a look for the division later.


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