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By James Lawford

This e-book examines the uniforms, gear, historical past and association of the thirtieth Punjabis, from 1857 to their carrier in global conflict II. Uniforms are proven in complete illustrated detail.

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Although there were six trained mortar detachments available, it seemed of little value to have more mortars but fewer bombs. The few mules left over carried reserve small arms ammunition, entrenching tools and water. One mule was allotted to the doctor for his stores. For the first operation, the adjutant and his orderly carried a couple of bottles of rum in their basic pouches as a contribution to the Officers' Mess. By a singular coincidence both broke their bottles, ostensibly owing to falls, while marching along hill paths at night.

Until this time Indian King's Commissioned Officers could go only to a few selected regiments; one of the main problems in raising new regiments was that of providing British officers who knew something of military matters, could speak Urdu and had some knowledge of India. The problem was solved by a stroke of the pen. All regiments were opened to Indian officers, and henceforward the term 'British officer' was often widened to include Indian officers serving with the King's Commission. The first Indian officer to join the 1st/16th, Lieutenant Pritam Singh, arrived in 1941.

It was a ten-mile carry over rough hill-tracks to roadhead; a badly wounded man had little hope. Then the mules came, were loaded up and were gone. The grey clouds hung around the mountain face and masked the Battalion as it quietly filtered away. m. Ben Nevis was clear. Not a shot had been fired. Except for 'A' Company remaining on Knoll to cover the withdrawal, the remainder of the Battalion marched back to the gun lines in the Sengmai Turel. T h a t night the gunners, whose unstinting assistance had contributed so much to the successful defence, insisted on taking over the night guards to give the Battalion an uninterrupted sleep.

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