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World War II - 15th Punjab Regiment

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The 15th Punjab Regiment was a regiment of the British Indian Army from 1922 to 1947. It was transferred to Pakistan Army on Partition of India in 1947, and amalgamated with the 1st, 14th and 16th Punjab Regiments in 1956 to form the Punjab Regiment.

During the Second World War, the 15th Punjab Regiment raised ten new battalions. Most of the active battalions were engaged in fighting the Japanese in the Far East except the 3rd Battalion, which fought in Somaliland and Italy. Performance of the 4th Battalion in Burma in particular was outstanding. The battalion suffered 921 casualties and was awarded numerous gallantry awards including two Victoria Crosses to Lieutenant Karamjeet Singh Judge and Naik Gian Singh.

  • 1st Battalion - India, Burma.
  • 2nd Battalion - India, Singapore, Sarawak, Borneo. Captured by the Japanese in Borneo in March 1942. Re-raised in 1946 as a Machine-Gun Battalion.
  • 3rd Battalion - India, Somaliland, Aden, Persia, Iraq, Syria, Italy. Became a Machine-Gun Battalion in 1946.
  • 4th Battalion - India, Burma, Siam, Malaya.
  • 5th Battalion - Raised in 1940. India. Disbanded 1946.
  • 6th Battalion - Raised in 1941. India, Ceylon, Burma. Disbanded 1947.
  • 7th Battalion - Raised in 1941. India, Burma. Disbanded 1946.
  • 8th Battalion - Raised in 1941 by re-designation of the 11th (Territorial) Battalion. India. Disbanded 1946.
  • 9th Battalion - Raised in 1941 by re-designation of the 12th (Territorial) Battalion. India, Burma. Disbanded 1947.
  • 10th (Training) Battalion - Converted into the 15th Punjab Regimental Training Centre in 1943.
  • 11th (Territorial) Battalion - Mobilized in 1939. Re-designated as 8/15th Punjab on conversion to active status in 1941. Disbanded 1946.
  • 12th (Territorial) Battalion - Raised in 1939. Re-designated as 9/15th Punjab on conversion to active status in 1941.
  • 14th Battalion - Raised in 1942. India. Disbanded 1943.
  • 15th Battalion - Raised in 1942. India. Broken up into garrison companies in 1945.
  • 16th Battalion - Raised in 1943 by re-designation of 25th Garrison Battalion on conversion to active status. India. Re-designated as 2/15th Punjab in 1946.
  • 25th Garrison Battalion - Raised in 1941. On conversion to active status, became the 16th Battalion. India.
  • 26th Garrison Battalion - Raised in 1942. India. Abu Atoll. Disbanded 1946.
  • 27th (Jind) Garrison Battalion - Raised in 1943 in Jind State. India. Disbanded 1946.
   Machine-Gun Battalion - Raised in 1942. Transferred to the Indian Artillery to form the 15th Punjab Anti-tank Regiment. Disbanded 1944.[1][2]