Meiktila 1945

Meiktila 1945

Osprey's examination of the Meiktila campaign of WOrld War II (1939-1945).

Author: Edward Young

Publisher: Osprey Publishing

ISBN: 1841766984

Category: History

Page: 96

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Osprey's examination of the Meiktila campaign of WOrld War II (1939-1945). In the spring of 1944, Japanese 15th Army was shattered at Imphal and Kohima, allowing General William Slim, commander of 14th Army, to liberate Burma overland from India – a task considered impossible by the British chiefs of staff. Overcoming immense logistical problems, Slim coordinated a precisely timed attack along a 200-mile front, the longest opposed river crossing of the entire war, and an armored dash behind enemy lines that seized Meiktila, cutting Japanese supply lines. Mandalay fell and at the end of March 1945, with the battle lost, the Japanese withdrew south. Slim gave them no chance; Allied troops raced south and captured Rangoon. The Japanese army in Burma was finished.
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End Game Burma

End Game Burma

"Argues that General Bill Slim's masterly but risky plan to outflank the main Japanese army at Mandalay deserves far more prominence and recognition.

Author: Michael Pearson

Publisher: Pen & Sword

ISBN: IND:30000127026940

Category: History

Page: 150

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"Argues that General Bill Slim's masterly but risky plan to outflank the main Japanese army at Mandalay deserves far more prominence and recognition. With the Japanese withdrawing, Slim's 14 Army, compromising the IV and XXXIII Corps, risked a perilous and punishing crossing of the mighty Irrawaddy at Mandalay opposed by the main Japanese army. To avoid this, Slim boldly decided to split his Army and send IV Corps on an arduous 300 mile march to seize the vital rail and road hub and the main Japanese administrative base of Meiktila, 85 miles south ... In this detailed analysis of this masterly manoeuvre, the author describes the plan, the risks, the actions, the seemingly insuperable logistic problems, and the efforts to retain US air support"--Jacket.
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Combat Lore Indian Air Force 1930 1945

Combat Lore  Indian Air Force 1930 1945

Indian Air Force 1930-1945. Meiktila Gained, Lost and Regained Meiktila fell to 17th Division on March 4. The Jap reaction to this loss of a vital centre through their main line of communication ran from their base at Rangoon to the ...

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Publisher: KW Publishers Pvt Ltd

ISBN: 9789385714344

Category:

Page: 568

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The Indian Air Force is today 82 years old, a battle-scarred, highly professional force. How it reached this level is an epic saga of struggle against bias and racial prejudice for the officers and men from early thirties to the beginning of World War II. The charge was that Indians lacked leadership qualities and could not fly military aircraft and technically maintain them. In just three years, IAF technicians and pilots imbibed the discipline of the Air Force and performed magnificently in the North West Frontier Province. By 1939, when the war broke out, there was just one squadron. In 1941-42, the Japanese onslaught on Burma provided the IAF with an opportunity to show its competence and leadership in battle. As the Allied armies were retreating, along with the RAF, the IAF provided air cover. By 1944-45, there were nine squadrons and till the end of the war there were constantly in action. History records events taking an impersonal view. What our younger generations need to know is people. Without people there are no units and no organization. This narrative is an effort to bring to the reader the fierce joy at fighting for the country, the professional pride of doing one’s duty and finally the personal touch: “I did it.” Through the mouths of youngsters (who are no longer youngsters and some who have passed away) the reader can imagine himself to be there whether in the North-West tribal region, or flying over the thick jungles of Burma. It is the first-person account that provides the flesh and blood to history by describing hopes, fears, and pride in facing death and the enemy at close quarters on the frontier or in Burma. The narrative has interviews with those who took part in operations. This is a story of the Indian Air Force coming of age after being bloodied in war.
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End Game Burma 1945

End Game Burma  1945

The Battle at Meikila Michael Pearson. END GAME BURMA Slim's master stroke, Meiktila 1945 MICHAEL PEARSON X. Pen & Sword MILITARY First published in Great Britain in 2010 by PEN &

Author: Michael Pearson

Publisher: Casemate Publishers

ISBN: 9781844685882

Category: History

Page: 224

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When the Burma campaign is discussed, the turning point battles of Imphal and Kohima are most often thought of. However General Bill Slims bold but risky plan to outflank the Japanese on the Irrawaddy at Mandalay deserves far more credit.With the Japanese withdrawing, Slims 14 Army (with two Corps XXXIII and IV) risked a punishing crossing of the mighty Irrawaddy at Mandalay opposed by the main Japanese army. To avoid this is was decided to split 14 Army and send IV Corps on an arduous 300 mile march to seize the town of Meiktila, 85 miles south, a vital rail and road hub and the main Japanese administrative base.Complete secrecy was essential as if the Japanese realized they faced only one Corps rather than two, they might have counter attacked successfully. In this detailed analysis of this crucial maneuver the author describes the plan, the risks, the actions, the seemingly insuperable logistic problems, and the efforts to retain US air support (for which Mountbatten was largely responsible).
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Military History of Burma During World War Ii

Military History of Burma During World War Ii

Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online.

Author: Source Wikipedia

Publisher: University-Press.org

ISBN: 1230555927

Category:

Page: 80

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Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Pages: 78. Chapters: Burma Campaign, Chindits, Burma Campaign 1944-1945, Battle of Meiktila and Mandalay, Battle of Imphal, Battle of Kohima, Force 136, Merrill's Marauders, Japanese conquest of Burma, Ledo Road, Operation Dracula, Battle of the Admin Box, Burma Campaign 1942-1943, Arakan Campaign 1942-1943, Battle of Elephant Point, Battle of Hill 170, Burma National Army, Japanese occupation of Burma, Battle of Sittang Bridge, Taukkyan Roadblock, Yunnan-Burma Railway, Battle of Pegu, Burma Road, Battle of Bilin River, OSS Detachment 101, Women's Auxiliary Service, Operation Capital, Kachin Levies. Excerpt: The Burma Campaign in the South-East Asian Theatre of World War II was fought primarily between British Commonwealth, Chinese and United States forces against the forces of the Empire of Japan, Thailand, and the Indian National Army. British Commonwealth land forces were drawn primarily from British India. The Burmese Independence Army initially fought for the Japanese though they later switched sides. The campaign had a number of notable features. The geographical characteristics of the region meant that factors like weather, disease and terrain had a major effect on operations. The lack of transport infrastructure placed an emphasis on military engineering and air transport to move and supply troops, and evacuate wounded. The campaign was also politically complex, with the British, Americans and Chinese all having different strategic priorities. The climate of the region is dominated by the seasonal monsoon rains, which allowed effective campaigning for only just over half of each year. This, together with other factors such as famine and disorder in British India and the priority given by the Allies to the defeat of Nazi Germany, prolonged the campaign and divided it into four phases: the Japanese invasion which led to...
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Allied Armour 1939 1945

Allied Armour  1939   1945

The Japanese were finally defeated during the concurrent battles of Meiktila and Mandalay in early 1945. Meiktila proved to be a tough, but ultimately highly successful battle for Slim in which mechanized forces proved their worth.

Author: Anthony Tucker-Jones

Publisher: Pen and Sword Military

ISBN: 9781526778000

Category: History

Page: 248

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During the first years of the Second World War, Allied forces endured a series of terrible defeats at the hands of the Germans, Italians and Japanese. Their tanks were outclassed, their armored tactics were flawed. But the advent of new tank designs and variants, especially those from the United States, turned the tables. Although German armor was arguably still superior at the end of the war, the competence of Allied designs and the sheer scale of their production gave them a decisive advantage on the armored battlefield. This is the fascinating story that Anthony Tucker-Jones tells in this book which is part of a three-volume history of armored warfare during the Second World War. Chapters cover each major phase of the conflict, from the early blitzkrieg years when Hitler’s Panzers overran Poland, France and great swathes of the Soviet Union to the Allied fight back in tank battles in North Africa, Italy and northern Europe. He also covers less-well-known aspects of the armored struggle in sections on Allied tanks in Burma, India and during the Pacific campaign. Technical and design armored are a key element in the story, but so are changes in tactics and the role of the tanks in the integrated all-arms forces that overwhelmed the Axis.
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Armoured Warfare in the Far East 1937 1945

Armoured Warfare in the Far East  1937   1945

The Japanese were finally defeated during the concurrent battles of Meiktila and Mandalay in early 1945. Meiktila proved to be a tough but ultimately highly successful battle for Slim, in which mechanised forces proved their worth.

Author: Anthony Tucker-Jones

Publisher: Pen and Sword

ISBN: 9781473851689

Category: Antiques & Collectibles

Page: 160

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Anthony Tucker-Jones's photographic history is a fascinating visual introduction to the armoured battles of the Second World War in the Far East and Asia-Pacific regions, from 1937 to 1945. In contrast to the experience of the armies that fought in Europe and North Africa, in the Far East tanks remained an infantry support weapon, and their role is often neglected in histories of the conflict. Japanese armour confronted tanks deployed by the Chinese, Russians, British and Americans. Early in the war, against Chinese forces which lacked armour, the Japanese had some success, but their light and medium tanks were no match for their Allied counterparts. Later Japanese designs were better armed, but they were built in such small numbers that they could do little to stem the Allied advance. The role of armoured vehicles in each theatre of the war in the Far East is shown in a selection of over 150 rare wartime photographs that record armour in action in China, Manchuria, Mongolia, Malaya, Burma and during the battles fought for the Pacific islands.
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The Indian Army in the Two World Wars

The Indian Army in the Two World Wars

Meiktila: 1945 The 17th Indian Division122 was stationed in Imphal at the end of January 1945. The various units of the division carried out training as lorry and air-transport battalions.123 On 5 February, the 17th was ordered south ...

Author: Kaushik Roy

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9789004185500

Category: History

Page: 553

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This collection of seventeen essays based on archival data breaks new ground as regards the contribution of the Indian Army in British war effort during the two World Wars around various parts of the globe.
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The Battle for Burma 1942 1945

The Battle for Burma  1942   1945

In the meantime the 17th Indian Division, now reinforced by the 255th Armoured Brigade, moved towards Meiktila. On the 27 February these forces surrounded the town and began their assault. The town was defended by 3,200 Japanese, ...

Author: Philip Jowett

Publisher: Pen and Sword Military

ISBN: 9781526775306

Category: History

Page: 240

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The battle for Burma during the Second World War was of vital importance to the Allies and the Japanese. The Allies fought to protect British India and force the Japanese out of Burma; the Japanese fought to defend the north-west flank of their newly conquered empire and aimed to strike at India where anti-British feeling was growing stronger. Yet the massive military efforts mounted by both sides during four years of war are often overshadowed by the campaigns in Europe, North Africa, the Pacific and China. Philip Jowett, using over 200 wartime photographs, many of them not published before, retells the story of the war in Burma in vivid detail, illustrating each phase of the fighting and showing all the forces involved – British, American, Chinese, Indian, Burmese as well as Japanese. His book is a fascinating introduction to one of the most extreme, but least reported, struggles of the entire war. The narrative and the striking photographs carry the reader through each of the major phases of the conflict, from the humiliation of the initial British defeat in 1942 and retreat into India and their faltering attempts to recover the initiative from 1943, to the famous Chindit raids behind Japanese lines, the Japanese offensive of 1944 and their disastrous retreat and ultimate defeat.
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B 24 Liberator Units of the CBI

B 24 Liberator Units of the CBI

The B-24 Liberator was the mainstay of the US Army Air Force's strategic bombing effort in the China-Burma-India (CBI) Theatre from 1942 until the end of the war in 1945.

Author: Edward M. Young

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781782006909

Category: History

Page: 96

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The B-24 Liberator was the mainstay of the US Army Air Force's strategic bombing effort in the China-Burma-India (CBI) Theatre from 1942 until the end of the war in 1945. With longer range and a greater load-carrying capacity than the B-17, the B-24 was well-suited to the demands of the CBI. The CBI's two air forces, the Tenth in India and the Fourteenth in China, each had one heavy bomb group equipped with Liberators. These two groups, the 7th and the 308th, carried the war to the Japanese across China and South East Asia, flying over some of the most difficult terrain in the world. The 308th had the added burden of having to carry its own fuel and bombs over the Himalayan 'Hump' from India to China in support of its missions. Despite the hardships and extreme distances from sources of supply, both units compiled a notable record, each winning two Distinguished Unit Citations.
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International Encyclopedia of Military History

International Encyclopedia of Military History

Mandalay/Meiktila Latourette, Kenneth Scott. ... Kane MANDALAY/MEIKTILA (1945), the second largest city in Burma, was captured by the Japanese (30 April-1 May 1942) and became ... Shinichi Tanaka to try and retake Meiktila (515 March).

Author: James C. Bradford

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781135950347

Category: Reference

Page: 1600

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With its impressive breadth of coverage – both geographically and chronologically – the International Encyclopedia of Military History is the most up-to-date and inclusive A-Z resource on military history. From uniforms and military insignia worn by combatants to the brilliant military leaders and tacticians who commanded them, the campaigns and wars to the weapons and equipment used in them, this international and multi-cultural two-volume set is an accessible resource combining the latest scholarship in the field with a world perspective on military history.
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The Battle for Burma 1943 1945

The Battle for Burma 1943 1945

102–117) THE BATTLE FOR MANDALAY The importance of Meiktila: The capture of Meiktila and its effect on the Japanese plans: The capture of Mandalay: Japanese counter-offensive to retake Meiktila. ————————————— 102.

Author: John Grehan

Publisher: Pen and Sword

ISBN: 9781783461998

Category: History

Page: 208

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Despatches in this volume include that on operations in Burma and North-East India between November 1943 and June 1944, by General Sir George J. Giffard; the despatch on operations in Assam and Burma between June 1944 June and November 1944, by General Sir George J. Giffard, Commander-in-Chief; the despatch on Naval operations in the Ramree Island area (Burma) in January and February 1945 by Vice-Admiral Sir Arthur J. Power, Commander-in-Chief, East Indies Station; and the despatch on operations in Burma between November 1944 and August 1945 by Lieutenant-General Sir Oliver Leese. This unique collection of original documents will prove to be an invaluable resource for historians, students and all those interested in what was one of the most significant periods in British military history.
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Themes of Glory

Themes of Glory

1 Field Regiment Battle of Meiktila was fought in Burma in 1945 between the Japanese forces and the British Indian Army. 1 (First) Field Regiment was placed in direct support of 48 Indian Infantry Brigade, which was part of 17 Indian ...

Author: Darshan Khullar

Publisher: Vij Books India Pvt Ltd

ISBN: 9789385563973

Category: History

Page: 252

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The book is a wartime history of the Artillery Regiment of the Indian Army. The book starts with giving biographies of Regiments Field Generals and Gallantry Award winners followed by four intensive battles fought by the regiment and then the Battle Honors right from 1941 WW2 till 1999 Kargil War.
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Japanese Army Air Force Units and Their Aces 1931 1945

Japanese Army Air Force Units and Their Aces  1931   1945

248th Sunal 190444 Hollandia Hollandia New Guinea Meiktila OC . 14FB 2204744 78th Sentai 2014 20ih Sentai 24/01/47 0th Sentai 3/04/14 South Sentai 29/04/44 Sth Sentai 3004/44 248ih Sentai 0405/14 2046h Semas 07/05/44 87th Sentai ...

Author: Ikuhiko Hata

Publisher: Casemate Publishers

ISBN: 9781909166288

Category: History

Page: 400

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An extensive guide to Japan’s Army Air Force Units and their ace pilots during conflicts in the 1930s and ‘40s, now in English. Commencing with a detailed study of the development, equipment, and operations flown by this force since its inception immediately after the end of World War I, until the catastrophic conclusion of World War II, the initial section deals with the wars in China and Manchuria, as well as the Pacific War of 1941-1945. The second section explores the history of each unit, listing the types of aircraft used, the bases from which they flew, and the unit and formation commanders. Notable mission details are also included. Finally, the third section offers biographical notes for notable fighter pilots and features supporting listings and a glossary of Japanese terms. Photographs of pilots and aircraft are also included, along with line drawings indicating the unit markings carried. This revised edition is a companion volume to Japanese Naval Air Force Fighter Units and Their Aces, 1932–1945.
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Third and Ninth Gorkhas

Third and Ninth Gorkhas

... 1942-45 Burma 1942-45 Meiktila 1945 Defence of Meiktila 1945 Rangoon Road 1945 Pyawbwe 1945 Pegu 1945 Burma 1945 POST - INDEPENDENCE Pirkanthi ( 2 / 3rd GR ) 1947-48 Shingo River ( 5 / 3rd GR ) 1971 یک سال خان اور کے / ا ک.

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Publisher: Lancer Publishers

ISBN: 8170622905

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Page: 122

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This Coffee-Tale Book Tries To Bring Out The Very Essence, The Raison-De-Etre Of These Two Regiments, Their Proud Traditions And Claim To Fame, As Well As To Illustrate The Process Of Metamorphosis That The Raw Recruits Undergo At The Centre Before They Evolve Into What Are Arguably The World`S Best Fighting Soldiers.
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Battlefield

Battlefield

The Battles [f Mallalay and Meiktila (1945) General Slim had two corps available for his attack, Lieutenant General Sir Frank Messervy's IV and Lieutenant General Sir Montague Stopford's XXXIII. Divisions were shifted between them as ...

Author: Richard Holmes

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780192806536

Category: History

Page: 376

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The stories of nearly three hundred of the most dramatic, memorable, and important conflicts in world history are told in this in-depth narrative that begins with the battle of Megiddo in ancient Egypt and takes the reader through to the Second Gulf War.
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The RAF Regiment at War 1942 1946

The RAF Regiment at War  1942   1946

It was a brilliant example of the indirect approach and the result of the British plan was to enable XIVth Army to take Meiktila and drive south to capture Rangoon before the monsoon broke in May 1945. At the end of February 1945 the ...

Author: Kingsley M. Oliver

Publisher: Casemate Publishers

ISBN: 9781783379811

Category: History

Page: 224

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Born out of necessity in the dark days of the War, the RAF Regiment found itself in the thick of the action supporting the vital operations in all theaters. This comprehensive record of their operations gives the clearest indication of the contribution that the Regiment made and includes many first hand accounts of the fighting, including the first shooting-down of a jet aircraft, the Me 262A-2a Sturmvogel in November 1944. As a result of their outstanding contributions to the success of RAF operations in WW2, the Regiment became a permanent part of the RAF. This is the official history of the RAF Regiment from its foundation 60 years ago to the aftermath of hostilities.
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Constant Vigilance

Constant Vigilance

communications, the entire force concentrated for the defence of Meiktila (Map 6). Meiktila is 320 miles from Rangoon and ... The devastation in Meiktila town following its capture in early March 1945. (Air Historical Branch RAF Crown ...

Author: Nigel W.M. Warwick

Publisher: Pen and Sword

ISBN: 9781783460083

Category: History

Page: 256

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The RAF Regiment was created in the early years of World War II for the active dedicated defense of RAF airfields and installations. This book concerns the Regiments operational history in South-east Asia Command and draws on the diaries and recollections of the men who served in that theatre. It is strongly supported by maps and diagrams from official records. The Regiment played a vital and significant role in the two major battles for Burma, Imphal and Meiktila. The struggle at Imphal ranks alongside Stalingrad and Alamein in its significance for the defeat of the Axis. From humble beginnings, the Regiment in Burma had by 1945 become a highly-trained specialist ground force capable of defensive and offensive action. The successes of the 14th Army were founded on the support of the transport, fighter and bomber squadrons. The RAF could not have done this as effectively without the confidence that its airfields and vital installations were safe under the constant vigilance of the RAF Regiment.
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Medicine and Victory

Medicine and Victory

These movements occurred during some of the bitterest fighting of the central Burma campaign, particularly the decisive battle at Meiktila from February to March 1945. How did the new medical services cope?

Author: Mark Harrison

Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand

ISBN: 9780199268597

Category: History

Page: 320

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This represents the first major history of British medicine during the Second World War. It shows how medicine gave the British a crucial edge in several theatres, by preventing losses from disease and returning the sick and wounded to active service. Drawing on a wide range of official and non-official sources, the book examines medical work in all the main theatres of the war, from the front line to the base hospital.
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Larkhill s Wartime Locators

Larkhill s Wartime Locators

Nyaungu-Taungtha Rd 21-26.2.1945 17th Ind. Div. Feb Grid Siege of Meiktila Meiktila 8-17.3.1945 17th Ind. Div. 3.4 Troop complete Meiktila-Pyawbwe 4-11.4.1945 Pyawbwe 12-13.4.1945 FS base Calibration Range Pegu Yomas Survey (MS 79) ...

Author: Massimo Mangilli-Climpson

Publisher: Casemate Publishers

ISBN: 9781781594445

Category: History

Page: 608

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"Artillery survey suffered during the pacifist inter-war period but the war in North Africa highlighted its importance. By the end of 1942 ten major survey units had been formed. Nine were conventional serving in all the main theatres, including the Far East. They played a key part in victories such as El Alamein, Anzio, Caen and Imphal, with their flash-spotting, sound-ranging and surveying of gun lines. A tenth regiment was secretly involved tracing the flight of Hitlers V1 and V2 rockets in order to locate their launch bases. These ‘soldier-scientists were all trained at the School of Survey, Larkhill, on Salisbury Plain. Their work took them to the front line and a considerable number were casualties or became POWs. This is the story of the contribution of these 4,000 men who made up the Survey Regiments. It tells of the heroes, such as Robert (Tug) Wilson of the SBS and the skilful men whose actions under the most difficult and dangerous conditions have received little acknowledgement until now."
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