Archive for Burma

Burma Death Railway Spike

Posted in Odds & Ends with tags , , , , , , on November 18, 2017 by The Dude

Flag_of_ThailandFlag_of_Japan.svgFlag_of_AustraliaFlag_of_the_United_KingdomA couple of cool and evocative finds here from a contact in Thailand. These are Thai 1940 dated railway spikes from the ruined railway line that ran over 415 km from Thanbyuzayat in Burma to Ban Pong in Thailand. Many people know it only from it’s depiction in the movie “The Bridge on the River Kwai” where it crosses the Mae Klong river. I visited the site and Hellfire Pass in 2014 and I cannot believe the misery under which the slave laborers, both civilian and Allied POW, must have worked and died. A digger over there walked sections of the rail line that were never reused after the war and retrieved these spikes.

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Burma Star Association Blazer Patch

Posted in Armbands & Patches with tags , , on October 19, 2014 by The Dude

Flag_of_the_United_KingdomThe Burma Star Association is a comradeship and welfare organization formed in 1951 and composed almost exclusively of veterans of the campaign in Burma in WW2. In fact to join one must have been awarded the Burma Star. The organization is led by the son of General William Slim, the commander of that campaign. This is an obviously used blazer patch for this organization.

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A Burma Veteran Group

Posted in 1939-1945 Service Medals, 1945 + Medals, Groups with tags , , , on August 6, 2013 by The Dude

Flag_of_the_United_KingdomThis group belongs to 865673 Lance Bombadier W.J. Kent. By his rank I assume he was in the Royal Artillery. His medals include the 1939-1945 Star, the Burma Star, the Defence Medal, the 1939-1945 War Medal and the Regular Army Long Service Good Conduct Medal.

As with the other WW2 groups I have, I have simply collected a range of theatres with a post-War service medal so that I have a name to go with the rack. In this case a good Burma Campaign group to a career artilleryman. I can’t find him on the POW list so I have to make the big jump that he was part of Slim’s Burma army in 1944-1945.

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The Burma Star

Posted in 1939-1945 Service Medals with tags , , on August 1, 2013 by The Dude

Flag_of_the_United_KingdomThe Burma Star was a campaign medal of the British Commonwealth, awarded for service in World War II.

The medal was awarded for service in the Burma Campaign between 11 December 1941 and 2 September 1945. This medal was also awarded for certain specified service in China, Hong Kong, Malaya and Sumatra:

  • Hong Kong – between 26 December 1941 and 2 September 1945
  • China and Malaya – between 16 February 1942 and 2 September 1945
  • Sumatra – between 24 March 1942 and 2 September 1945
  • Second World War service in China, Hong Kong, Malaya and Sumatra after 8 December 1941 but prior to the above start dates was recognised by the award of the Pacific Star.

British uniform regulations stipulated that the Pacific Star would not be awarded to a prior recipient of the Burma Star. Subsequent entitlement to the Pacific Star was denoted by the award of the Pacific clasp.

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5 Rupee Japanese Occupation Script for Burma

Posted in Money with tags , , on April 16, 2013 by The Dude

Flag_of_Japan.svgJapan, in an attempt to control black market activity as well as prices in the conquered territories in S.E.Asia, produced Occupation Script in various denominations and currencies. This is one of the notes produced for Burma. There was also a one and ten rupee note.

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The Burma Star with Pacific Bar

Posted in 1939-1945 Service Medals with tags , , , , , on February 14, 2010 by The Dude

Flag_of_the_United_KingdomThe Burma Star was a campaign medal of the British Commonwealth, awarded for service in World War II.

The medal was awarded for service in the Burma Campaign between 11 December 1941 and 2 September 1945. This medal was also awarded for certain specified service in China, Hong Kong, Malaya and Sumatra:

  • Hong Kong – between 26 December 1941 and 2 September 1945
  • China and Malaya – between 16 February 1942 and 2 September 1945
  • Sumatra – between 24 March 1942 and 2 September 1945
  • Second World War service in China, Hong Kong, Malaya and Sumatra after 8 December 1941 but prior to the above start dates was recognised by the award of the Pacific Star.

British uniform regulations stipulated that the Pacific Star would not be awarded to a prior recipient of the Burma Star. Subsequent entitlement to the Pacific Star was denoted by the award of the Pacific clasp.

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