Indian Mule Coy's 2,12,17,& 26. 36 Brigade. 1 Division.

Discussion in 'Italy' started by Stuart Avery, Oct 18, 2015.

  1. Stuart Avery

    Stuart Avery In my wagon & not a muleteer.

    Hello to all, I'm looking for any info / stroke books or photos on the above Mule Coy's. I'm glad I was not a muleteer! Not funny in the mountains of Northern Italy.


  2. idler

    idler GeneralList

    Unfortunately, there's no history of the Royal Indian Army Service Corps that I'm aware of, but there ought to be war diaries for the units.
  3. Charpoy Chindit

    Charpoy Chindit Junior Member

    There is a history of the RIASC in WWII;

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  4. idler

    idler GeneralList

    I stand corrected - cheers for the tip.
  5. Stuart Avery

    Stuart Avery In my wagon & not a muleteer.

    Thank- you for being quick off the block. I've a funny feeling that book is going to be rare as what's it ,& "Bleeding expensive"!
    idier, if you can get two copy's? Then fill me in.

    I just hope it is not as expensive as the 1st Inf Div. "I live in hope" :(

    Charpory Chindit,


  6. minden1759

    minden1759 Senior Member


    I have a lot of stuff on 359 Mule Transport Company at Cassino if that helps.

  7. Stuart Avery

    Stuart Avery In my wagon & not a muleteer.

    Spent a few hours this morning, trying to find a copy of this book. No joy what so ever. Any-body have some ideas?
    The nearest book I came across, was THE STORY OF THE ROYAL ARMY SERVICE CORPS 1939-45.Is that likely to cover any of the Mule Coy's mentioned? :banghead:

    Cheers Stu.
    Scratching my head.
  8. idler

    idler GeneralList

    If I could have found one, I would have been back to gloat!
    I will check the RASC history later...
  9. Stuart Avery

    Stuart Avery In my wagon & not a muleteer.

    Cheers Andrew, no problem. If I manage to obtain a copy. Will forward on the details. Not sure about the gloating? Like-wise, its good to share. I'm sure you would have given me a link?

    Stu. :biggrin: .. Happy Days.
  10. chrisgrove

    chrisgrove Senior Member

    I possess (and intend to keep!) a book about the military mule in the British and Indian armies. Not one I would buy often but not too outlandishly expensive as far as I remember. There must be a few copies around as on old friend, now deceased, lent me his copy a few years back. It has a number of photos, but very few captions include the unit name. While there is quite a lot about Italy in the British army part, the Indian army part concentrates on Burma. The title is 'The Military Mule in the British Army and Indian Army - an anthology'. The three parts are by Brian Nicholls, Philip Malins and Charles Macfettridge.

  11. Stuart Avery

    Stuart Avery In my wagon & not a muleteer.

    Thanks Chris, came across a copy of that book. I think you have mentioned it in a previous thread. I MUST BE A REAL MUPPET.. Where do I get a copy of the book? Struggled on that. Cheapish I think? 25 sheets may be.
    ( I intend to share!) Owen started the thread in the 1940 section. Some of them photos have been removed. Not sure why?

  12. chrisgrove

    chrisgrove Senior Member

    Hi Stu

    I think I went to Amazon or Abe Books and found a second hand book dealer who had a copy who was at least in Kent like me, albeit at the other end! My copy is a lot more than 25 pages ; Pt 1 is 215 pages, Pt 2 is 76 pages and Pt 3 is 30 pages! Though bound with a plastic gadget rather than proper binding, it is printed or photocopied double sided and the pictures are pretty clear. But, as I said before, it doesn't have much on Indian Mule companies in Italy.

  13. Stuart Avery

    Stuart Avery In my wagon & not a muleteer.

    Hello Chris, thanks for the info. I think I'll stick with a copy of the RASC. See what turns up when it arrives.


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