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Harry Fecitt

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  1. Greetings All (or Jambo!) In June a book of mine will come out which is a compilation of all the awards made to the King's African Rifles and East African Forces in BOTH World Wars and in ALL theatres - British, German and Italian East Africa, Madagascar and Burma. There will be descriptive text and ORBATS, and award citations will be shown in full where available, or instructive comments made on the likely locations of the actions. To hopefully make more people aware, particularly in East Africa, of the military history on their doorstep a new website - The Heroes of the East Afric
  2. Az Greetings If you haven't already seen it you may be interested in this article on the Malay States Guides in Aden during the Great War: http://www.kaiserscross.com/304501/514322.html Harry
  3. Cazack Greetings Here's the History of the Indian Mountain Artillery: https://archive.org/details/IndianMountainArtillery Harry
  4. I believe this to be a photo of 'Bowker's Horse', EAMR. And here's my photo of Longido viewed from Namanga.
  5. Noor Greetings Here's a photo from the East African Standard showing the first grave that the Germans put William into. An article should appear soon on The Soldier's Burden website about the 29th Punjabis, who were the infantry element of that attack on Longido. You will be able to then follow the stages of the battle. Harry
  6. Melissa Greetings You will find some information on the 14th (King's) Hussars in northern Persia in 1918 here: http://www.westernfrontassociation.com/great-war-on-land/other-war-theatres/3305-dunsterforce-part-1.html Harry
  7. The Durham Light Infantry Regimental Memorial. This is located inside the grounds of the Chief Secretary's Official Residence, just behind the Governor's House. It is not available for viewing by the public. (Credit for the last three images goes to Khonoma Tours & treks, whose page with the photos can be found on Facebook.)
  8. Gentlemen & Fellow Members Thank you very much - but the applause has to go to the Naga Community who stood by Britain and her Allies when others did not. That community made the story. I hope that, after representation in Delhi, the Indian Army will refurbish the Punjabi Memorial before the 70th Anniversary commemorations. Any Member wishing to tour Kohima, and the very extensive Imphal battlefields to the south, can do no better than to contact Hemant at Battle of Imphal Tours: http://www.battleofimphal.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=6&Itemid=
  9. The defence of Kohima just held because of artillery support fired from a defensive box down the Dimapur Road at Zubzub. This happened because a Brigadier disobeyed orders and established the box at Zubzub instead of moving the guns to Kohima, where he knew that there were no suitable gun positions. Nagas willingly carried supplies and ammunition from Zubzub, further leftwards down the valley, up this route and over the ridge to Kohima. Wounded were carried on the return journey (the Japanese had a block on the main road). Tough, rugged country, and brave, tough, rugged men.
  10. To mark this year's 70th anniversary of the Battle of Kohima the local Naga community is constructing, at its own expense, this memorial to Major-General John Grover, commander of British 2nd Division. 2 DIV undertook heavy fighting in the relief of Kohima. General Grover's daughter-in-law will attend the unveiling of the memorial. (John Grover was very popular with the British soldiers in his Division, but he did not pay too much attention to his Indian troops. He was not popular with his XXXIII Corps Commander, Lieutenant-General Sir Montagu Stopford who sacked him when the batt
  11. The Punjabi Memorial at FSD (Field Supply Depot) above Garrison Hill, Kohima. This fine memorial definitely needs re-furbishing, but I doubt that India and Pakistan will ever get together to fund the necessary work. Does any Member have any connections with ex-Punjabi officers who might be interested in fund-raising to restore this memorial? (Chris, the in-town British Regimental memorials look OK because the local Nagas want them to be that way.)
  12. Water-sources on Garrison Hill were very scarce and soon became dominated by Japanese snipers. Here an original spring is now a water-source for Kohima War Cemetery.
  13. Kohima War Cemetery extends dramatically down the slopes of Garrison Hill, showing the difficulties faced by the determined Japanese attackers coming uphill. Muslim graves are mainly located at the top of the hill. The Indian Army regiments, particularly the Assam Regiment who also held Garrison Hill, have never been awarded sufficient recognition for their collective gallantry at Kohima.
  14. Blue I can only echo the Aberdonian's words. This is the type of research information that we need excavating from its resting places. I am pleased - especially for the recipients. Shahbash to them too! Harry
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