Commandos in the 14th Army in Burma

Commandos in the 14th Army. Yup. Commandos in Burma. What is that about? Some infantry units of the 14th army had commando platoons and/or companies. These are not the British Commandos formed to fight in occupied Europe. They were something else. The question is, what where they? Who were they? What were they for?


I first bumped into the concept of commando platoons in Jemina Fawr’s excellent series of blog posts on the 14th Army in Burma (Jemina Fawr, 2020):

Some uniquely Burma oddities were ‘Commando Platoons’ and ‘Assault Platoons’. Details are scant, but these seem to

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Steve Balagan

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