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PostPosted: Wed Feb 02, 2011 11:05 pm    Post subject: 14th Army, 1st Bn Essex Regt Reply with quote





I am starting a new formation under the Allies, but I fear we may have difficulty fighting whom we are supposed to... the Japanese. Although at the start of the war they were in the Middle-East fighting Rommel.

The British Fourteenth Army was a multinational force comprising units from Commonwealth. It was often referred to as the "Forgotten Army" because its operations in the Burma Campaign were overlooked by the contemporary press, and remained more obscure than those of the corresponding formations in Europe for long after the war.

The army was formed in 1943 in eastern India. With the creation of South East Asia Command in late 1943, the Eastern Army which formerly controlled operations against the Japanese Army in Burma and also had large rear-area responsibilities, was split into two. Eastern Command (reporting to GHQ India) took over the rear areas of Bihar, Orissa and most of Bengal. Fourteenth Army, part of the British 11th Army Group, became responsible for operations against the Japanese.

The Army's commander was Lieutenant General William Slim. Its principal subordinate formations were IV Corps in Assam and XV Corps in Arakan. During the early part of 1944, the Army also had loose operational control over the American and Chinese Northern Combat Area Command, and the Chindits operating behind enemy lines under Major General Orde Wingate.

In September 1939 this unit was known as the Canal Brigade, on duty on the Suez Canal. It was redesignated the 23rd Infantry Brigade on 20 September 1939 but was dispersed in the canal area becoming part of HQ Canal sub-Area troops. In May 1941 the brigade was re-formed under Alexander Galloway to take part in the Syria-Lebanon Campaign during June and July 1941 as part of 6th Infantry Division. In October 1941 6th Infantry Division was re-designated 70th Infantry Division and was shipped to Tobruk to relieve the 9th Australian Infantry Division. The Tobruk garrison held off Rommel's Axis forces until the siege was relieved at the end of the year.

In March 1942, the 23rd Infantry Brigade including 1st Bn Essex Regt, were sent to train as Chindit units. 23rd Brigade did not take part in the Second Chindit Expedition, however, but instead it was deployed during the Battle of Kohima in the long range penetration role behind Japanese lines for which it had been trained to interdict Japanese communication and supplies.

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Jungle Green BDU
'37 and/or '44 Pattern Webbing
Slouch Hat, Beret or Helmet
Ammo boots or US 2 buckle
Sometimes known to wear M1938 Leggings and other US gear.

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Mixed bag - Brens, Stens, LE No4 Mk1/ No1 Mk3/ No5 Mk1, M1 Carbine, Thompson.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 03, 2011 1:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just a heads up... Jungle cotton uniforms are cooler than wool bdu Mr. Green

Also, WPG has the bdu on sale for $50! Both pants and top together!
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 03, 2011 3:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

So only officers get the long tunic or bush jacket??

Also which version of the thompson, with or without front pistol grip?
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 03, 2011 4:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nope and both. Due to the environment there was a lot of leeway in kit/ uniform, the jackets were generally for officers and NCO's. Also, as they were refered to as the Forgotten Army, the weapons and kit were hodge podge of Brit/US.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 04, 2011 3:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Also a chance to rock an M1 Carbine, but only with the short magazines. Does anyone make any Japanese MGs?
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 04, 2011 4:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have always wanted a slouch hat....hmmmmm.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 04, 2011 5:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It might clash with the tactical vest though.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 04, 2011 6:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

you go to hell!
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 04, 2011 10:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Backspasm wrote:
It might clash with the tactical vest though.




LMFAO !!!! Mr. Green
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 18, 2011 11:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Come on guys... you know you want to wear nice cool cotton jungle uniform and slouch hat, especially when the uniform is so cheap and you can support our site! Mr. Green
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 18, 2011 10:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I was considering it, but it appears the uniform doesnt exist in any size on WPG other than small.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 18, 2011 11:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What they do not stock midget sizes or a childrens section??
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 01, 2012 10:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Is there a vendor out there that sells Jungle Greens in adult sizes?

I'll need a time machine to go back to 1984 for the WPG closeouts to fit.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 02, 2012 7:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I actually found some on ebay.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 02, 2012 8:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I saw an ebay seller panzerfaust1943 last night that sells the pants.

Did you buy from them?

Were you satisfied with the product?
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