153 Gurkha Parachute Battalion

153 Gurkha Parachute Battalion

The 153rd Gurkha Parachute Battalion formed in Delhi in October 1941 and was part of the newly created 50th (Indian ) Parachute Brigade.

Between 19-24 March 1944 it played a role in the epic defensive battle of Sangshak when the 50th (Indian) Parachute Brigade was overrun but blunted the Japanese offensive against Imphal and Kohima. In March 1945 the Battalion was re-designated the 2nd Battalion Indian Parachute Regiment.

Commanding Officers:

1941-2        Lt Col FJ Loftus-Tottenham
1942-5        Lt Col HRE Willis

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