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British Reinforcements


Unit
Commander
Start
Administrative
Assignment
Operational
Assignment
Notes
50 Armored Brigade

Activated 1941
Southern Army

Not deployed to Burma until 1944-11. Bevis (2003) rates the morale as good and the training as average. Equipped with 52 M4 Sherman, 52 M3 Lee, and 52 M3 Stuart tanks and 11 Daimler scout cars.
CL Enterprise

Arrived 1941-12      Eastern Fleet
Withdrawn late 1942
CL Emerald

Arrived 1941-12     
Arrived 1943-4
Eastern Fleet
Withdrawn 1942-8
Withdrawn early 1944
18 Division Merton Beckwith-Smith
Arrived 1941-12 (India)
Malaya Command

This was a second line Territorial division, the British equivalent of a National Guard division. The official British military historian bluntly described it as "physically unfit," in part due to spending three months aboard ship prior to arrival. It was trained and equipped for North African and was shipped to the Far East in desperation, arriving in India in late 1941-12 on APs West Point, Wakefield, Mount Vernon, and Orizaba and moving on to Singapore by 1942-1-23.  It was composed of the 53, 54 and 55 Brigades.
Sloop Sutlej

Arrived 1942-12-11
Royal Indian Navy

History
ABDACOM
Archibald P. Wavell
Activated 1941-12-25

Chiefs of Staff Committee
An Allied theater headquarters formally under Combined Chiefs of Staff. Disbanded 1942-3-1.
36 Indian Division
Francis W. Festing
Activated 1942 (Calcutta)
Eastern Army

Not deployed to Burma until 1944-2. Became 36 Division in 1944-9. Bevis (2003) rates morale and training as average.
254 Indian Tank Brigade

Activated 1942
India Command
Not deployed to Burma until 1943-10
255 Indian Tank Brigade

Activated 1942 India Command
Not deployed to Burma until 1944-10
DD Paladin
Arrived 1942-1     
Arrived 1944
Eastern Fleet
Withdrawn summer 1942
SS Trusty

Arrived 1942-1
Eastern Fleet


DD Panther

Arrived 1942-1
Eastern Fleet
Withdrawn summer 1942
SS Truant

Arrived 1942-1
Eastern Fleet

CVL Hermes

Arrived 1942-1
Eastern Fleet

CV Indomitable

Arrived 1942-1
Eastern Fleet

23 Indian Division
Reginald A. Savory
Activated 1942-1-1 (Jhansi)
IV Indian Army Corps

Not deployed to Burma until 1942-9. Became India Command Reserve in 1944-8. Composed of 37, 49 and  63 Indian Brigades.
BB Warspite

Arrived 1942-2

Eastern Fleet

CL Newcastle

Arrived 1942-2
Eastern Fleet

CL Birmingham
Arrived 1942-2
Eastern Fleet

DD Griffin

Arrived 1942-2

Withdrawn 1942-5

Eastern Fleet

DD Decoy
Arrived 1942-2     
Eastern Fleet
Withdrawn 1943-4-12
64 Indian Brigade

Activated 1942-2-1 (Jhansi)
India Command

7 Armored Brigade

Arrived 1942-2-21 (Rangoon)
Burma Command
17 Indian Division
Willmott so designates this unit. Other authors use the designation 7 Royal Tank Regiment or even 7 Hussars. Was originally intended for Java but was diverted to Burma when it became obvious Singapore could not be held.
DD Arrow
Arrived 1942-3    
Eastern Fleet
Withdrawn late 1942
DD Foxhound
Arrived 1942-3    
Eastern Fleet
Withdrawn mid-1943
CL Caradoc

Arrived 1942-3     
Arrived 1944
Eastern Fleet
Withdrawn 1943-6
DD Fortune

Arrived 1942-3
Eastern Fleet
Withdrawn mid-1943
CV Formidable

Arrived 1942-3
Arrived autumn 1944
Eastern Fleet
Withdrawn 1942-10

CL Gambia

Arrived 1942-3?
Eastern Fleet

1 Burma Corps
William J. Slim
Activated 1942-3-19 (Mandalay)
Burma Command
Composed of 1 Burma Division, 17 Indian Division, and 7 Armored Brigade.
CA Cornwall

Arrived 1942-3-26      

Eastern Fleet
Sunk by aircraft 1942-5-5 off Ceylon
CA Dorsetshire

Arrived 1942-3-26     

Eastern Fleet
Sunk by aircraft 1942-4-5 off Ceylon
3 Battle Squadron
Algernon U. Willis
Arrived 1942-3
Eastern Fleet

20 Indian Division
Douglas D. Gracey
Activated <1942-4
Southern Army

Not deployed to Burma until 1943-10. Composed of 32, 80, and 100 Indian Brigades.
26 Indian Division
Thomas G.G. Heywood
Activated <1942-4 (Calcutta)
IV Indian Corps
Lacked transport and was not well trained. Assigned to internal security duties until attached to XV Indian Corps 1942-4. Not deployed to Burma until 1943-2. Became 14 Army Reserve in 1943-9.
XV Indian Corps
Noel Beresford-Peirse Activated 1942-4
Eastern Army

14 Indian Division
20 Indian Division
26 Indian Division
50 Armored Brigade
BB Valiant

Arrived 1942-4

Withdrawn 1943-1

Returned 1944-1

3 Battle Squadron


CL Dauntless

Arrived 1942-4 Eastern Fleet

DD Pakenham

Arrived 1942-4
Arrived early 1943     
Eastern Fleet
Withdrawn summer 1942     
Withdrawn 1943
21 African Rifles Brigade

Arrived 1942-4
India Command

Central Army
Henry Willcox
Activated 1942-4
India Command

413 Squadron

Arrived 1942-4
India Command
PBY Catalinas. Royal Canadian Air Force.
BB Revenge

Arrived 1942-4-4

3 Battle Squadron
Withdrawn 1944
BB Resolution

Arrived 1942-4-4 

3 Battle Squadron
Withdrawn 1944
BB Ramilles

Arrived 1942-4-4 

3 Battle Squadron
Withdrawn  1942-5
BB Royal Sovereign

Arrived 1942-4-4
3 Battle Squadron
Withdrawn 1942
CA Devonshire

Arrived 1942-4-22

Withdrawn 1943-5

Eastern Fleet

DD Javelin

Arrived 1942-5 Eastern Fleet

CV Illustrious

Arrived 1942-5
Withdrawn 1943
Arrived early 1944     
Eastern Fleet

2 Division
John M.L. Grover
Arrived 1942-6
XV Indian Corps
4, 5, and 6 Brigades. A veteran division, having fought at Dunkirk and been subsequently assigned to the British Isles garrison. Deployed to Burma 1944-5. Bevis (2003) rates morale as good and training as average. 6 Brigade was notable for maintaining its morale during the debacle of the First Arakan Campaign.
5 Division

Arrived 1942-6
India Command

77 Long Range Penetration Brigade

Activated <1942-7
Eastern Army
The original Chindits. Also designated 77 Indian Brigade for security purposes.
DD Hotspur

Colombo     
Arrived 1942-7     
Eastern Fleet
Withdrawn 1942-6
Withdrawn 1943-4
25 Indian Division
Henry L. Davies
Activated 1942-8
India Command
Not deployed to Burma until 1944-3
240 Squadron

Arrived 1942-8-1  (Red Hills Lake: 80.178E 13.157S)
India Command
PBY Catalina
XXXIII Indian Corps
Philip Christison
Activated 1942-8-15 (Rangoon)
India Command
Redesignated 12 Army 1945-5-28
CA Hawkins

Arrived 1942-9
withdrawn 1944-3
Eastern Fleet

89 Indian Brigade

Activated 1942-10
7 Indian Division


212 Squadron
Arrived 1942-10
India Command
PBY Catalina
29 Indian Brigade

Arrived <1943-1
XV Indian Corps

71 Indian Brigade

Arrived <1943-1
XV Indian Corps

225 Group

Arrived <1943-1
India Command

DD Petard

Arrived early 1943
Arrived 1944
Eastern Fleet
Withdrawn 1943
3 Special Service Brigade

Arrived 1943
India Command
Redesignated 3 Command Brigade 1944-12-6
50 Indian Parachute Brigade

Arrived 1943
India Command

BC Renown
Arrived 1943-1 Eastern Fleet

CV Victorious

Arrived 1943-2 (Pearl Harbor)
Withdrawn 1943-8
Arrived 1945-4
Eastern Fleet

44 Indian Armored Division
Cameron Nicholson
Activated 1943-2
India Command
Deactivated 1944-4 to provide cadre for 21 Indian Division, but this was almost immediately reformed as 44 Indian Parachute Division
SS Stonehenge

Arrived 1943-3
Eastern Fleet

CA Sussex

Arrived 1943-3-26
Eastern Fleet

191 Squadron

Activated 1943-5
India Command
PBY Catalina
SS Trident

Arrived 1943-8
Eastern Fleet

CA Shropshire

Transferred to Australia 1943-8
Eastern Fleet

Southeast Asia Command
Lord Louis Mountbatten
Activated 1943-8
Chiefs of Staff Committee


Eastern Air Command
Richard Peirse
Activated 1943-8
Southeast Asia Command


Troop Carrier Command
William D. Old
Activated 1943-8
Eastern Air Command


3 Indian Division Orde Wingate
Activated 1943-8
India Command
The Chindits. Also known as Special Force. Composed of 14, 16, and 23 British and 77 and 111 Indian Brigades
81 West African Division

Arrived 1943-8-14
XV Indian Corps

Composed of 3, 5, and 6 West African Brigades. 3 West African Brigade was later detached to the Chindits.
Sloop Narbada

Arrived 1943-8-21
Royal Indian Navy

History
SS Templar
Arrived 1943-9 Eastern Fleet

Sloop Jumna

Arrived 1943-9-12
Royal Indian Navy

History
111 Indian Brigade

Activated 1943-9-18
Southeast Asia Command
Chindit
SS Tactician

Arrived 1943-10
Eastern Fleet

SS Tresspasser

Arrived 1943-10
Eastern Fleet

SS Tally-Ho

Arrived 1943-10
Eastern Fleet

CVE Battler

Arrived 1943-10
Eastern Fleet

11 Army Group
Sir George Giffard
Activated 1943-10
Southeast Asia Command

Redesignated Allied Land Forces Southeast Asia 1944-10
14 Army
William J. Slim
Activated 1943-10
11 Army Group

IV Indian Corps
Escort Carriers, Eastern Fleet
Arthur W.L. Bisset
Activated 1943-10-28
Eastern Fleet
Redesignated 21 Aircraft Carrier Squadron 1945-2-23
SS Taurus

Arrived 1943-11
Eastern Fleet

5 Indian Division
H. Rawdon Briggs
Arrived 1943-11
XV Indian Corps

"Ball of Fire." A veteran division that had fought in East Africa and North Africa. Included 9 and 161 Indian Brigades.
28 East African Brigade

Arrived <1944
14 Army


DD Penn

Arrived 1944
Eastern Fleet

DD Pathfinder

Arrived 1944
Eastern Fleet

SS Shakespeare

Arrived 1944 Eastern Fleet

SS Stubborn
Arrived 1944 Eastern Fleet

CVE Trouncer

Arrived 1944
Eastern Fleet

SS Una

Arrived 1944
Eastern Fleet

SS Terrapin
Arrived 1944?
Eastern Fleet

SS Tantalus

Arrived 1944-1
Eastern Fleet

SS Tantivy

Arrived 1944-1
Eastern Fleet

SS Telemachus

Arrived 1944-1
Eastern Fleet

SS Truculent

Arrived 1944-1
Eastern Fleet

SS Spirit

Arrived 1944-1
Eastern Fleet

BB Queen Elizabeth

Arrived 1944-1

Eastern Fleet

CL Kenya

Arrived 1944-1
Eastern Fleet

CL Nigeria

Arrived 1944-1
Eastern Fleet

15 Corps

Activated by 1944-1
14 Army


25 Dragoons Armored Regiment

Arrived 1944-1
15 Corps

52 M3 Lee tanks
Sloop Flamingo

Arrived 1944-1-16
Eastern Fleet
History
Submarine Flotilla 8

Arrivee 1944-2?
Eastern Fleet

SS Storm
Arrived 1944-2 Submarine Flotilla 8

SS Statesman

Arrived 1944-2
Submarine Flotilla 8

Sloop Kistna

Arrived 1944-2
Royal Indian Navy

History
SS Subtle

Arrived 1944-3
Submarine Flotilla 8

SS Stygian

Arrived 1944-3
Submarine Flotilla 8

SS Sirdar

Arrived 1944-3
Submarine Flotilla 8

CLAA Phoebe
Arrived 1944-3 Eastern Fleet

CA London

Arrived 1944-3
Eastern Fleet

SS Sea Dog

Arrived 1944-3?
Submarine Flotilla 8

SS Scythian

Arrived 1944-3?       Submarine Flotilla 8

SS Sea Rover

Arrived 1944-3
Submarine Flotilla 8

CVE Rajah

Arrived 1944-3
Eastern Fleet

CVE Shaw

Arrived 1944-3
Eastern Fleet

CVE Begum

Arrived 1944-3
Eastern Fleet

SS Tudor

Arrived 1944-3
Eastern Fleet

SS Tiptoe

Arrived 1944-3
Eastern Fleet

SS Thule

Arrived 1944-3
Eastern Fleet

SS Stoic

Arrived 1944-3
Submarine Flotilla 8

Destroyer Flotilla 4

Arrived 1944-3 Eastern Fleet

DD Quilliam

Arrived 1944-3
Destroyer Flotilla 4

History
DD Quadrant

Arrived 1944-3
Destroyer Flotilla 4

History. Manned by Royal Australian Navy
DD Quality

Arrived 1944-3
Destroyer Flotilla 4

History. Manned by Royal Australian Navy
DD Queenborough

Arrived 1944-3
Destroyer Flotilla 4

History. Manned by Royal Australian Navy
DD Quiberon

Arrived 1944-3
Destroyer Flotilla 4

History. Manned by Royal Australian Navy
DD Quickmatch

Arrived 1944-3
Destroyer Flotilla 4

History. Manned by Royal Australian Navy


Arrived 1944-3
Eastern Fleet


DD Rotherham

Arrived 1944-3
Destroyer Flotilla 11
History
DD Rapid

Arrived 1944-3
Destroyer Flotilla 11

History
DD Racehorse

Arrived 1944-3
Destroyer Flotilla 11
History
DD Raider

Arrived 1944-3
Destroyer Flotilla 11
History
DD Redoubt

Arrived 1944-3
Destroyer Flotilla 11
History
DD Relentless

Arrived 1944-3
Destroyer Flotilla 11
History
DD Rocket

Arrived 1944-3
Destroyer Flotilla 11
History
DD Roebuck

Arrived 1944-3
Destroyer Flotilla 11
History
Sloop Cauvery

Arrived 1944-3
Royal Indian Navy

History
XXXIII Corps

Activated 1944-3
14 Army


268 Indian Brigade

Arrived <1944-3
14 Army

Lushai Brigade

Activated 1944-3 (Lushai Hills)
14 Army
Ad hoc formation of about 4 battalions organized to screen the Lushai Hills during the Imphal campaign
149 Tank Regiment

Arrived 1944-4
XXXIII Corps


Sloop Godavari

Arrived 1944-4
Royal Indian Navy

History
CVE Atheling

Arrived 1944-5
Eastern Fleet

11 East African Division

Arrived 1944-6?
XXXIII Corps
21, 25, 26 Brigades. Included a Sergeant Idi Amin, who was disciplined for mistreating Japanese prisoners in Burma.
CVE Ameer

Arrived 1944-7
Eastern Fleet

BB Howe

Arrived 1944-7

Eastern Fleet

82 West African Division

Arrived 1944-8
XV Indian Corps

SS Trenchant

Arrived 1944-8-9
Eastern Fleet

27 Destroyer Flotilla
Arrived 1944-10 Pacific Fleet

DD Wakeful

Arrived 1944-9
27 Destroyer Flotilla

History
DD Wager

Arrived 1944-9
27 Destroyer Flotilla

History
DD Wessex

Arrived 1944-9
27 Destroyer Flotilla

History
DD Whelp

Arrived 1944-9
27 Destroyer Flotilla

History
SS Strongbow

Arrived 1944-9-2
Eastern Fleet

SS Tradewind

Arrived 1944-9-18
Eastern Fleet

SS Thorough

Arrived 1944-9-27
Eastern Fleet

DD Kempenfelt

Arrived 1944-10
27 Destroyer Flotilla

History
SS Sturdy

Arrived 1944-10-13
Eastern Fleet

Sloop Redpole

Arrived 1944-10-21
Eastern Fleet

History
CLAA Argonaut
Arrived 1944-11 Eastern Fleet

CV Indefatigable

Arrived 1944-11
Eastern Fleet

CVE Striker

Arrived 1944-11
Eastern Fleet

CVE Fencer

Arrived 1944-11?
Eastern Fleet

CL Ceylon

Arrived 1944-11
Eastern Fleet

CL Newfoundland

Arrived 1944-11
Eastern Fleet

Pacific Fleet
Bruce A. Fraser
Activated 1944-11
Royal Navy

Carriers, Pacific Fleet
Philip Vian
Activated 1944-11
Pacific Fleet


1 Aircraft Carrier Squadron Philip Vian Activated 1944-11 Carriers, Pacific Fleet


1 Battle Squadron
Henry B. Rawlings
Activated 1944-11
Pacific Fleet

4 Cruiser Squadron
Patrick Brind
Activated 1944-11
Pacific Fleet

Destroyers, Pacific Fleet

Activated 1944-11 Pacific Fleet

Fleet Train, Pacific Fleet
Douglas B. Fisher
Activated 1944-11
Pacific Fleet

Sloop Hind

Arrived 1944-11
Eastern Fleet

History
25 Destroyer Flotilla

Arrived 1944-11
Pacific Fleet


DD Grenville

Arrived 1944-11
25 Destroyer Flotilla

History
DD Undaunted

Arrived 1944-11
25 Destroyer Flotilla
History
DD Undine

Arrived 1944-11
25 Destroyer Flotilla
History
DD Urania

Arrived 1944-11
25 Destroyer Flotilla

History
DD Ursa

Arrived 1944-11
25 Destroyer Flotilla

History
DD Whirlwind

Arrived 1944-11
27 Destroyer Flotilla

History
44 Indian Airborne Division
Ernest Down
Activated 1944-11 (Bilaspur?)
Southeast Asia Command
Incorporated 50 Indian Parachute Brigade. Originally designated 9 Indian Airborne Division but almost immediately redesignated. Did not complete training in time for combat.
CLAA Euryales
Arrived 1944-12 Royal Navy

BB King George V

Arrived 1944-12

Royal Navy

DD Wrangler

Arrived 1944-12
27 Destroyer Flotilla

History
SS Vigorous

Arrived 1945
Royal Navy

SS Vivid

Arrived 1945
Royal Navy

CVE Chaser

Arrived 1945
Royal Navy

CVE Reaper

Arrived 1945
Royal Navy

CVE Ranee

Arrived 1945
Royal Navy

CVE Patroller

Arrived 1945
Royal Navy

SS Selene

Arrived 1945
Royal Navy

SS Sleuth

Arrived 1945
Royal Navy

SS Solent

Arrived 1945
Royal Navy

SS Spark

Arrived 1945
Royal Navy

SS Sea Scout

Arrived 1945
Royal Navy

SS Trump

Arrived 1945-1
Royal Navy

CVL Venerable

Arrived 1945-1
Royal Navy

CVE Pursuer

Arrived 1945-1
Royal Navy
http://www.naval-history.net/xGM-Chrono-18SL-Flamingo.htm
CVE Hunter

Arrived 1945-1
Royal Navy

CVE Stalker

Arrived 1945-1
Royal Navy

CVE Attacker

Arrived 1945-1 Royal Navy

SS Spearhead

Arrived 1945-1
Royal Navy

DD Saumarez
Arrived 1945-1 Royal Navy

CVE Arbiter

Arrived 1945-1
Royal Navy

CVE Empress

Arrived 1945-1?
Royal Navy

CVE Emperor

Arrived 1945-1
Royal Navy

CL Uganda

Arrived 1945-1
Eastern Fleet

CLAA Cleopatra
Arrived 1945-1? Eastern Fleet

Sloop Crane

Arrived 1945-1
Pacific Fleet

History
Sloop Woodcock

Arrived 1945-1
Pacific Fleet

History
26 Destroyer Flotilla
Arrived 1945-1
Pacific Fleet

DD Virago

Arrived 1945-1
Pacific Fleet

History
CVL Vengeance

Arrived 1945-2
Royal Navy

Sloop Pheasant

Arrived 1945-2
Pacific Fleet

History
DD Ulster

Arrived 1945-2
25 Destroyer Flotilla

History
DD Vigilant

Arrived 1945-2
26 Destroyer Flotilla

History
DD Volage

Arrived 1945-2
26 Destroyer Flotilla

History
XXXIV Indian Corps

Activate 1945-2
14 Army


DD Eskimo
Arrived 1945-2-7 (Trincomalee) Royal Navy
History
AS Bonaventure

Arrived 1945-2-21 (Panama)
Royal Navy
History. Carrying six type XE midget submarines.
Sloop Whimbrel

Arrived 1945-2-21
Royal Navy

History
SS Spiteful

Arrived 1945-3
Royal Navy

DD Saumarez

Arrived 1945-3
26 Destroyer Flotilla

History
DD Venus

Arrived 1945-3
26 Destroyer Flotilla
History
DD Verulam

Arrived 1945-3
26 Destroyer Flotilla

History
24 Destroyer Flotilla

Arrived 1945-3
Pacific Fleet


DD Troubridge

Arrived 1945-3
24 Destroyer Flotilla

History
DD Teazer

Arrived 1945-3
24 Destroyer Flotilla
History
DD Tenacious

Arrived 1945-3
24 Destroyer Flotilla
History
DD Termagant

Arrived 1945-3
24 Destroyer Flotilla
History
DD Terpsichore

Arrived 1945-3
24 Destroyer Flotilla

History
DD Nubian
Arrived 1945-3-23 (Trincomalee) Royal Navy
History
CVE Speaker
Arrived 1945-4 Royal Navy

DE Blackmore

Arrived 1945-4
Eastern Fleet

History
DD Ulysses

Arrived 1945-4
25 Destroyer Flotilla

History
CVE Khedive

Arrived 1945-4-8
Royal Navy

DD Tartar
Arrived 1945-4-12 Royal Navy
History
CVE Ruler

Arrived 1945-5
Royal Navy

CVE Trumpeter

Arrived 1945-5
Royal Navy

CVE Slinger

Arrived 1945-5
Royal Navy

CV Implacable

Arrived 1945-6    
Royal Navy

Sloop Black Swan

Arrived 1945-6
Royal Navy

Sloop Amethyst

Arrived 1945-6
Pacific Fleet

History
DE Farndale

Arrived 1945-6
Eastern Fleet

History
DE Calpe

Arrived 1945-6
Eastern Fleet

History
DE Brecon

Arrived 1945-6
Eastern Fleet

History
DD Tumult

Arrived 1945-6
24 Destroyer Flotilla

History
DD Barfleur

Arrived 1945-6
Pacific Fleet

History
SS Torbay

Arrived 1945-6-24
Royal Navy

PF Loch Lomond

Arrived 1945-6-28
Eastern Fleet
History
BB Duke of York

Arrived 1945-7

Royal Navy

BB Anson

Arrived 1945-7

Royal Navy

PF Nadder

Arrived 1945-7

Royal Navy

Sloop Hart

Arrived 1945-7
Pacific Fleet

History
Sloop Alacrity

Arrived 1945-7
Pacific Fleet

History
DE Bicester

Arrived 1945-7
Eastern Fleet

History
DE Bleasdale

Arrived 1945-7
Eastern Fleet

History
DE Eggesford

Arrived 1945-7
Eastern Fleet

History
DD Tuscan

Arrived 1945-7
24 Destroyer Flotilla

History
DD Tyrian

Arrived 1945-7
24 Destroyer Flotilla

History
PF Loch Quoich

Arrived 1945-7
Eastern Fleet
History
PF Loch Ruthven

Arrived 1945-7-17
Eastern Fleet
History
PF Loch Katrine

Arrived 1945-7-27
Eastern Fleet
History
PF Loch More

Arrived 1945-7-28
Eastern Fleet
History
DE Coudray

Arrived 1945-8
Eastern Fleet

History
DD Wizard

Arrived 1945-8
27 Destroyer Flotilla

History

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