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 BRITISH ARTILLERY IN WORLD WAR 2

 

Updated 14 June 2014

 

 

 

CONTENTS

 

FIELD REGIMENTS IA

 

MEDIUM REGIMENTS IA

 

MOUTAIN REGIMENTS IA

 

SURVEY REGIMENTS IA

 

ANTI-TANK REGIMENTS IA

 

OTHER UNITS

 

FIELD ARTILLERY REGIMENTS OF THE INDIAN ARTILLERY IN WORLD WAR 2

Originally 'Indian Regiment of Artillery', became 'The Regiment of Indian Artillery' on 1 Nov 1940 and 'Royal Regiment of Indian Artillery' in Oct 1945.

FIELD REGIMENTS IA

The first three Indian Field Regiments, originally numbered A, B, and C  were authorised at the beginning of 1935.  

 

Regiment

Type

Origin/Change

 Where - When - With

Disposal

1 Ind Fd Regt

Reg

F 1/35 Bangalore

Burma 1942 - 17 Indian Div
Burma 1944-5 - 17 Indian Div

 

2 Ind Fd Regt

Reg

F 5/40

Iraq 1941-2 - 6 Indian Div
Mid East 1942 - 3 Ind Motor Bde
Burma 1944 - 14 Army Tps
Burma 1944-5 - 20 Indian Div

 

3 Ind Fd Regt

WF

F 4/41

Burma 1944 - 23 Indian Div
Java 1945 - 5 Indian Div

To Pakistan 1947 - 2 Fd Regt

4 Ind Fd Regt

WF

F 12/41

Burma 1944-5 - 19 Indian Div
ALFSEA 1945 - 5 Indian Div

To Pakistan 1947 - 3 (SP) Fd Regt

5 Ind Fd Regt

WF

F 2/42

Burma 1944-5 - 25 Indian Div
ALFSEA 1945 - 23 Indian Div 
Java 1945 - 5 Indian Div 

To Pakistan 1947 - 4 Fd Regt

6 Ind Fd Regt

WF

F 6/42

Java 1945

 

7 Ind Fd Regt

WF

F 12/42

Burma 1944-5 - 26 Indian Div
ALFSEA 1945 - 26 Indian Div 

 

8 Ind Fd Regt

WF

F 1/43

 

To 1 Ind Med Regt 10/44

9 Ind Fd Regt

WF

F 4/43

 

 

10 Ind Fd Regt

WF

F 7/43

 

 

11 Ind Fd Regt

WF

Fm 18 Ind LAA Regt 8/45

 

 

 MEDIUM REGIMENTS IA

Regiment

Type

Origin/Change

 Where - When - With

Disposal

1 Ind Med Regt

WF

Fm 8 Ind Fd Regt 10/44

ALFSEA 1945 - 34 Corps

 

2 Ind Med Regt

WF

Fm 3 Ind HAA Regt 5/45

 

 

3 Ind Med Regt

WF

Fm 14 Ind HAA Regt /46

 

 

 MOUNTAIN REGIMENTS IA

In August 1939 the existing 6 regular Indian Mountain Regiments were transferred from RA, where they had been since 1924, to the Indian Army.

Regiment

Type

Origin/Change

 Where - When - With

Disposal

20 Ind Mtn Regt

Reg

 

NW Frontier - 1939-44
Burma 1944-5 - 19 Indian Div 

 

21 Ind Mtn Regt

Reg

 

NW Frontier 1940-1
India/Burma 1943-5 - 17 Indian Div

To Pakistan 1947 - 1 Mtn Regt

22 Ind Mtn Regt

Reg

 

Malaya 1941-2 - 11 Indian Div

Lost 2/42

23 Ind Mtn Regt

Reg

 

Burma 1942-3 - 14 Indian Div
India/Burma 1944-5 - 20 Indian Div

 

24 Ind Mtn Regt

Reg

 

Burma 1942 - 23 Indian Div
Kohima 4/44 - 161 Indian Inf Bde
Burma 1944-5 - 5 Indian Div
ALFSEA 1945 - 53 Indian Div 

 

25 Ind Mtn Regt

Reg

 

NW Frontier 1940-1
India/Burma 1943-5 7 Indian Div

 

26 Ind Mtn Regt

WF

F /41 Mid East fm 4 existing mtn btys

E Africa 1939-41 - Independent batteries
Palestine 1941- 9 Army
NW Frontier 1942-5

 

27 Ind Mtn Regt

WF

F 11/41 fm btys ex 24, 25 Mtn Regts

Burma 1941-2 - 1 Burma & 17 Indian Divs
India 1942-3 - 26 Indian Div

Disb 8/43

28 Ind Mtn Regt

WF

F 1/42 fm 2 reg btys

Burma 1942 - 17 Indian Div
India/Burma 1943-5 - 23 Indian Div
ALFSEA 1945 - 23 Indian Div 

 

29 Ind Mtn Regt

WF

F 10/42 fm btys ex 21 Mtn Regt

India

 

30 Ind Mtn Regt

WF

F 2/43

India/Burma 1943-5 26 Indian Div
ALFSEA 1945 - 26 Indian Div 

 

31 Ind Mtn Regt

WF

F 4/43

India

 

32 Ind Mtn Regt

WF

F 9/44 fm btys ex 23, 24, 28 Mtn Regts

Burma 1945 - 36 Inf Div

 

33 Ind Mtn Regt

WF

F 10/44 fm btys ex 23, 30, 31 Mtn Regts

Burma 1944-5 - 25 Indian Div
ALFSEA 1945 - 25 Indian Div 

 

 SURVEY REGIMENT IA

Regiment

Type

Origin/Change

 Where - When - With

Disposal

1 Ind Svy Regt

WF

F 1/41

Burma 1944-5 - 33 Corps

 

 ANTI-TANK REGIMENTS IA

Regiment

Type

Origin/Change

Where - When - With

Disposal

1 Ind ATk Regt
1 Ind LAA/ATk /43

WF

F 8/40 as K ATk Regt

Iraq 1941-2 - 10 Army Tps & 10 Indian Inf Div
Burma 1944-5 - 26 Indian Inf Div

 

2 Ind ATk Regt
2 Ind LAA/Atk Regt /43

WF

F 4/41

Burma 1942 - 1 Burma & 17 Indian Inf Divs

 

3 Ind ATk Regt

WF

F 11/41

Ceylon 1942-3 - 17 & 34 Ind Inf Divs

 

4  (Mahratta) ATk Regt

WF

Fm 8/5 Mahratta LI 1/42

Iraq 1942-3 - 8 Indian Inf Div
Italy 1943-5 - 8 Indian Inf Div

 

5  (Mahratta) ATk Regt
5 Ind LAA/ATk /43

WF

Fm 9/5 Mahratta LI 1/42

Mid East 1942 - 5 Indian Inf Div & 10 Army Tps
India 1943
Burma 1944-5 - 15 Corps & 14 Army Tps
Burma 1945 - 5 Indian Inf Div

 

6 Ind ATk Regt

WF

F 2/42

 

To Lt Mtn (3-inch Mor) btys 7/43

7 Ind ATk Regt
7 Ind LAA/ATk /43

WF

F 5/42

India 1943 - 25 Indian Inf Div
Burma 1944 - 3 Corps Tps
Burma 1944-5 - 25 Indian Inf Div

 

8  (Mahratta) ATk Regt

WF

Fm 7/5 Mahratta LI

India 1943 - 44 Indian Armd Div
Burma 1944-5 - 33 Corps Tps
Burma 1945 - 7 Indian Inf Div

 

15  (Punjab) ATk Regt

WF

Fm MG Bn 15 Punjab Regt 4/42

 

Disb 11/44

16 (Punjab) ATk Regt (Reserve)

WF

Fm MG Bn 16 Punjab Regt 8/42

 

 

OTHER UNITS

Some of the Indian States (Bahawalpur, Bikaner, Gwalior, Hyderabad, Jammu & Kashmir, and Patiala) provided a total 7 mountain and 2 field batteries.  These were added to various Indian mountain and field regiments.

The Auxiliary Force (India), which was the Indian equivalent of the Territorial Army and comprised mostly Europeans, had 13 field batteries.  Of these only 5 Battery, based in Rangoon, mobilised.  

Some Indian field regiments formed during the war were initially mixed regiments with British NCOs who were replaced as Indians were trained to take over.  All regiments had some British officers.

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