badge, formation, Indian, 20th Indian Division

Catalogue number
  • INS 7397
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Exhibits
Materials
  • whole: cloth
Dimensions
  • whole: Diameter 52 mm
Alternative names
  • full name: badge, formation, Indian, 20th Indian Division
  • simple name: badge, formation, Indian
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uniforms and insignia

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Second World War Indian Army formation badge for 20th Indian Division. The Division was raised in Bangalore in March 1942 and trained in Ceylon. It was established and trained solely for the war in Burma. The Division saw action in Assam and Burma, where it fought on the Imphal Plain and crossing the Chindwin and Irrawaddy rivers. It played a key role in the attack on Mandalay. Following its recapture of Magwe and the Burma oilfields, the division pursued the Japanese down the Irrawaddy valley to Rangoon. At the end of the war it was transferred to Indo-China to disarm Japanese troops, and was disbanded in March 1946. According to the Divisional Commander, Major General Douglas Gracey, the sword on the badge stood for 'courage, chivalry, and vengeance', an emblem that was understood by British and Indian troops.

Physical description

embroidered black circular badge (diameter 52 mm) with a white tulwar (Indian sword).

History note

Cole, p. 81 WO 203/1103 SEAC Formation signs

History note

Second World War Indian Army formation badge for 20th Indian Division. The Division was raised in Bangalore in March 1942 and trained in Ceylon. It was established and trained solely for the war in Burma. The Division saw action in Assam and Burma, where it fought on the Imphal Plain and crossing the Chindwin and Irrawaddy rivers. It played a key role in the attack on Mandalay. Following its recapture of Magwe and the Burma oilfields, the division pursued the Japanese down the Irrawaddy valley to Rangoon. At the end of the war it was transferred to Indo-China to disarm Japanese troops, and was disbanded in March 1946. According to the Divisional Commander, Major General Douglas Gracey, the sword on the badge stood for 'courage, chivalry, and vengeance', an emblem that was understood by British and Indian troops.

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