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11th (East Africa) Division
Active 1943–1945
Country  United Kingdom
Branch  British Army
Type Infantry
Size Division
Part of Fourteenth Army
Engagements

Second World War

The 11th (East Africa) Infantry Division was a British Empire colonial unit formed in February 1943 during World War II.

Formation[edit | edit source]

In 1943, the 11th (East Africa) Division was formed primarily of troops from British East Africa. The division should not be confused with the earlier 11th (African) Division which fought in the East African Campaign and was disbanded in late 1941. Unlike the 11th (East Africa) Division, the 11th (African) Division was composed of brigades both from British East Africa and from Nigeria in British West Africa.

Combat history[edit | edit source]

The Division was composed of troops from Kenya, Uganda, Nyasaland, Tanganyika and Rhodesia.[1] The 11th (East Africa) Division fought with the Fourteenth Army in Burma during the Burma Campaign. In the later part of 1944, the division pursued the Japanese retreating from Imphal down the Kabaw valley and established bridgeheads over the Chindwin River. In 1945, elements of the division played a part in the Battle of Meiktila and Mandalay.

Commanding officers[edit | edit source]

Formation[edit | edit source]

21st East African Brigade (Brigadier J. F. Macnab)
2nd (Nyasaland) Bn. King's African Rifles
4th (Uganda) Bn. King's African Rifles
1st Bn. Northern Rhodesia Regiment[1]
25th East African Brigade (Brigadier N. C. Hendricks)
11th (Kenya) Bn. King's African Rifles
26th (Tanganyika) Bn. King's African Rifles
34th (Uganda) Bn. King's African Rifles[1]
26th East African Brigade (Brigadier V. K. H. Channer (to November 18, 1944), Brigadier A. P. Walsh (from November 18, 1944)
22nd (Nyasaland) Bn. King's African Rifles
36th (Tanganyika) Bn. King's African Rifles
44th (Uganda) Bn. King's African Rifles[1]
Divisional troops
5th Bn. King's African Rifles (divisional reconnaissance unit)[1]
13th Bn. King's African Rifles (HQ defence unit)
Divisional Artillery (CRA Brigadier J. V. D. Radford)
302nd East African Field Regiment
303rd East African Field Regiment
304th East African Field Regiment[1]
Divisional Engineers
34th East African Field Company
58th East African Field Company
64th East African Field Company
62nd East African Field Park Company[1]
Divisional Signals
11th East African Divisional Signals[1]

10th (Belgian Congo) Casualty Clearing Station[2]

See also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 "Burma Star Association - The 11th East African Division". http://www.burmastar.org.uk/11theaf.htm. 
  2. Balériaux, André (1991). Un Belge face aux japs du Fort de Battice à la Birmanie. Bruxelles: Ed. Collet. 

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