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.
Illustrations of the formation badges under which a unit served or supported are given. This is no guarantee that the unit used this formations badge.
|Apr 41||Formed||Trimulgherry, India|
|Apr 41||Central Command||India|
|Sep 41||6 Indian Division||India|
|Nov 41||6 Indian Division||Basra, Iraq|
|Mar 43||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|