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From this period on there was plenty of action as the batteries engaged Japanese patrols and working parties.He met all Officers and Warrant Officers, medal holders and the oldest and youngest soldiers.By September there was not much activity against the enemy, so much time given over to maintenance and training.During the first weeks of January, torrential rain hampered operations.The second on the 11th of the month was the 14th Army Commander, Lt. Operations continued from area of Tiddim Road throughout the month.However, there were many attacks by the companies of 2/1 Punjab Regiment and the Dogras, supported by fire from the guns of the Regiment. By the end of the month the daily rate of ammunition expenditure by the batteries of the regiment had increased dramatically, as various targets, including Japanese mortar positions and artillery positions, were engaged.On the 16th March the regiment finally left Bawzi Bazaar and moved first by road to Dohayri and then by air to Imphal where batteries were deployed with the various infantry 'boxes' (1st Bty for example joined the Suffolk Box).5th Indian Division was finally relieved between 22nd and 26th November 1944.In July 1945 as part of 19 Division, the 28th Field took part in the battle to prevent the Japanese in the Pegu Yomas, from escaping across the Sittang. The following is an extract from 'A History of the 14th Regiment, Royal Artillery' (regrettably no longer in print) by Major WG Clarke R. and with his permission The first taste of action in the Far East for the Regiment came during the first week of December 1943, when they engaged a supply boat in Mangdow Harbour.This part of the campaign continued with frequent attacks against the enemy and many moves by the guns to fresh positions in order to keep in range.On the 14th December the regiment was visited by Lord Louis Mountbatten, the C-in-C South East Asia.This routine continued throughout the month as the British attempted to prise the Japanese forces out of the various defensive bunkers and strategic points they were occupying.On Christmas Day the CO visited all Battery locations and distributed ducks for dinner! 1944 began with a mass of activity as the regiment and other units of the Division began attacks upon the Japanese positions.


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Few casualties were sustained at this time, though one of the OP Gunners, Gunner Heath, was reported to have been killed during an air resupply drop on the 28th September - a tragic accident.