159 Field Regiment RA

159 Field Regiment RA was formed in April 1941 with two batteries. They were made up from Troops from four different Field Regiments. A third battery was formed in February 1943. The Regiment served for 2 years in Iraq and Syria as part of PAIFORCE. On return to India they converted to the Airborne role. 159 Field Regiment RA converted to 159 Parachute Light Regiment RA in November 1944 at Secunderabad. It was re-designated 87 Parachute Light Regiment RA in April 1947.

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Apr 41   Formed Trimulgherry, India
Apr 41 Central Command India 159 field regiment ra Central Command India
Sep 41 6 Indian Division 159 field regiment ra 6 Indian Division India
Nov 41 6 Indian Division 6 Indian Division Basra, Iraq
Mar 43 6 Indian Division 6 Indian Division Danascus, Syria
Jul 44   26 Indian Infantry Brigade Bangalore, India
Dec 44   44 Indian Airborne Division Secunderabad, India
20 Jan 45   Became 159 Parachute Light Regiment  



Apr 41 A, B
Feb 43 A, B, E
Mar 43 553, 554, 555



Dec 44 75 mm Pack Howitzer



The Royal Artillery 1939-45