Anti-tank regiments in Indian army 1945 - 1948?

Discussion in 'British Indian Army' started by Chris C, Jan 6, 2019.

  1. Chris C

    Chris C Canadian researcher


    I was wondering if anyone knew which if any RA anti tank regiments were in India shortly after WW2. I have seen a couple of photos of Archers from India then (with crews that are British) and I believe one vehicle still exists in poor shape in an open-air museum. If I could learn anything about which units would have received these Archers that would be great. At that time anti-tank duties were still managed by the RA.
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  3. dryan67

    dryan67 Senior Member

    None of the Indian Divisions in Kempton's Loyalty and Honor series list a British Anti-Tank or LAA/Anti-Tank Regiment under command during the post-war 1945-1948 period.
  4. Chris C

    Chris C Canadian researcher

    Interesting. Thanks!!
  5. Rothy

    Rothy Well-Known Member

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  6. Chris C

    Chris C Canadian researcher

    Yes, that's the one! :)
  7. Chris C

    Chris C Canadian researcher

    I have seen this photo labeled as being in India, and the vegetation in the background certainly looks appropriate. I don't know whether what these men are wearing can tell us anything. (Provided for reference only, etc)

    The slatted plates visible were only issued to vehicles after WW2, so far as I know.

  8. Rothy

    Rothy Well-Known Member

    Might the photo be Mid East or Egypt or Libya post war? And they were also used by Egypt and Jordan maybe with British trainers?
  9. Chris C

    Chris C Canadian researcher

  10. Rothy

    Rothy Well-Known Member

    Ah yes. That's a great collection of photos and the presence of a Sikh in one of them is a bit of a giveaway. From memory all those vehicles would have been out in India by 1945 or later.

    I wonder if they were taken at the same place? The ordnance depot was at Kirkee near Poona. Maybe the photos were taken there? Also Ahmednagar was home to many of the British armoured units returned from Burma.

    Sorry just casting about here

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  11. Chris C

    Chris C Canadian researcher

    Hi Steve,

    Please continue to cast about. That's quite an interesting idea and it makes me think - maybe I should ask the owner of the website if he has the name of the photographer. If he did, and folks here could look up his service history (not sure if it would be possible to do that in sufficient detail without being a relative) then it might be possible to deduce where the photos were taken.

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    JITTER PARTY Well-Known Member

    Fighting Vehicle School, scan0048.jpg Ahmednagar, I think.
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