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30th Punjabis by James Lawford, Michael Youens

By James Lawford, Michael Youens

This booklet examines the uniforms, apparatus, heritage and supplier of the thirtieth Punjabis, from 1857 to their provider in international warfare 2. Uniforms are proven in complete illustrated element.

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Each night they retroops on their front. The task of the 23rd Division registered their targets by the simple method of at this time was essentially defensive. While screwing their mortars upwards until the bombs Imphal was beleaguered, resources in fire-power descended on the forward trenches; their occuhad to be carefully husbanded. Of necessity, the pants considered that, since they were protected main effort had to be directed to reopening the and the Japs in the open, the risk was worth road to Kohima and re-establishing ground com- taking.

C. Spencer. G3 Indian Officer, 1933 This Indian officer wears a cardigan over his greybacked shirt, as was normal cold-weather dress for all but ceremonial parades during the 1930s. Most cardigans were of the pullover type, but those worn by Sikhs buttoned down the front so that they could be put on without having to be pulled over the safa. He wears Sam Browne equipment identical with that of the British officer. During the early 1930s the Regiment introduced a cut-down version of the unpopular puttees, tied round the ankle only, and this became standard wear for all but ceremonial occasions.

Some Japanese had climbed on to the ridge beyond the company and were trying to drive on down to the col. The Battalion had a gunner officer with it, but unfortunately it had 29 not proved possible to haul the guns within range; no assistance from outside could be expected. From 'C' Company came the news that their leading platoon was having difficulty in holding their hastily dug trenches. The situation began to look dangerous. If 'C' Company gave way, the 1st/16th would be irretrievably split.

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