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11th (East Africa) Division

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

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



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 was composed of brigades both from British East Africa and from Nigeria in British West Africa, fought in the East African Campaign and was disbanded in late 1941.

Combat history

The Division was composed of troops from Kenya, Uganda, Nyasaland, Tanganyika and Northern Rhodesia. 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

  • Major-General Charles Christopher Fowkes (February 1943 – December 1944)
  • Major-General Robert Mansergh (January 1945 – February 1945)
  • Major-General William Alfred Dimoline (March 1945 – August 1945)
  • 21st East African Brigade

    under Brigadier J. F. Macnab

  • 2nd (Nyasaland) Bn. King's African Rifles
  • 4th (Uganda) Bn. King's African Rifles
  • 1st Bn. Northern Rhodesia Regiment
  • 25th East African Brigade

    under 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
  • 26th East African Brigade

    under 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
  • Divisional troops

  • 5th Bn. King's African Rifles (divisional reconnaissance unit)
  • 13th Bn. King's African Rifles (HQ defence unit)
  • 10th (Belgian Congo) Casualty Clearing Station
  • Divisional Artillery

    CRA Brigadier J. V. D. Radford

  • 302nd East African Field Regiment
  • 303rd East African Field Regiment
  • 304th East African Field Regiment
  • Divisional Engineers

  • 34th East African Field Company
  • 58th East African Field Company
  • 64th East African Field Company
  • 62nd East African Field Park Company
  • Divisional Signals

  • 11th East African Divisional Signals
  • References

    11th (East Africa) Division Wikipedia

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