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By James Lawford

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

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Although it had previously been registered, this was no easy task; shells ranged fractionally too far would spend themselves harmlessly in the valley beyond, while any short would pitch into ' D ' Company just below the Japanese. Almost every shell had to be individually observed and observation itself was difficult. m. the Patiala company commander, somewhat to his surprise, was told that the concentration had been fired and he left for Left Peak. The Patialas were highly trained and experienced soldiers.

The advance was resumed. Ahead, black and menacing, loomed the mighty bulk of Ben Nevis; that night the Battalion halted above the little village of Phalbung, some two miles short of the mountain destined to be its next objective. The slopes of Ben Nevis culminated in twin peaks about 400 yards apart. The ridge by Phalbung continued into the hillside about 500 yards below the right-hand peak. 'A' Company was pushed along the ridge just short of a knoll beyond which the ridge dipped into a shallow saddle before joining the slopes of the mountain itself.

The Battalion had a full part to play. The monsoon had broken and the rain was unceasing, making the jungle tracks mere rivers of mud. Steep slopes were almost impassable and casualties among the mules were many. But the Battalion took all its objectives; the Japanese, attacked in front and rear, were annihilated. Nevertheless, in these inhuman conditions sickness took a heavier toll than the enemy. By the time the Battalion took up its final position on the ridges by the Lokchao River, rifle companies were strong if they could muster forty men.

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