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Old 02-11-2015, 02:11
grm79 grm79 is offline
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Default Burma Rebellion 1930-32

I have been looking into this campaign recently and made a post about it on the British Medals Forum.
Service qualified men for the IGS with clasp Burma 1930-32. Three British infantry regiments (Buffs, Ox & Bucks, Manchesters) served there as well as about half a dozen Indian Army regiments (2/5 Mahrattas, 3/6 Rajputana Rifles, 3/10 Baluchis, 2/15 and 3/16 Punjabis, 1/17 Dogras and 2/20 & 3/20 Burma Rifles) and other troops.
So, the Army got the medal.

Around 14 members of the RAF (aircrew only) also qualified for the medal.

However, the reference books are silent on the subject of naval participation.
Given that Burma has a long coastline and at least one major river that puzzles me. Perhaps it was because the campaign was entirely land-based and there was no need for naval participation.

If any naval expert could throw some light on the question it will be very much appreciated.

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Old 02-11-2015, 08:57
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Default Re: Burma Rebellion 1930-32

Hello, Was the " Old Flotilla" not on the Mandaly River before the war.
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Old 02-11-2015, 09:31
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The famous Irrawaddy Flotilla did operate in the 30s often carrying British troops but I think it was British civilian companies that operated them. The flotilla mainly comprised paddle steamers that were built in Scotland and crewed by Scots. When the Japs were on the rampage many of them were sunk at Mandalay. One boat survives today and was used as a private yacht and a restaurant.
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Old 11-11-2016, 15:53
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Default Re: Burma Rebellion 1930-32

Looking at the IGSM medal rolls for that period-there were none to the Royal Navy'

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