Battledress : the uniforms of the world's great armies, 1700 by Michael Barthorp; I T Schick; et al

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Was he a timeexpired Pathan from some Frontier Force regiment, or perhaps a South Waziristan Scout on leave? The South Waziristan Scouts were recruited from North Waziristan and served in the South. One on leave might feel he ought to join in any local diversion organized by his fellow villagers. The mystery was never solved, but after the final burst of firing the Pathans granted the Brigade a quiet night. A few days later Datta Khel was relieved. A Tochi Scout basking in the sun outside the fort was asked by Major Wilcock, a Pushtuspeaker, if he was pleased that he was no longer besieged.

Guns started to bombard the peaks. no question of taking them off at night. As time Against the heavy 155 mm. shells the head cover passed the men became lousy, and after more than on the weapon pits offered little protection. Many a month on the American 'K' ration, during shells struck the trees and burst in the air, their which no form of cooked meal had been eaten, fragments scything down on what lay below. For their physical condition began to deteriorate. some reason the brunt of the bombardment fell on Slowly, from shellfire and sickness, the Battalion's Left Peak and here 'A' Company suffered severely.

By a singular coincidence both broke their bottles, ostensibly owing to falls, while marching along hill paths at night. Thereafter one mule was detailed for the Battalion office. On one side its load consisted of such mundane articles as message pads, pencils and so on, balanced on the other by liquid refreshment for the British officers. The system worked well; the mule was teetotal, and the morale of the British officers was maintained. In early April the 1st Indian Infantry Brigade was ordered to infiltrate across the lines of communication of the Japanese 15th Division and cut off a force that had captured the Litan saddle, an important feature on the approaches to Imphal.

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