11th (East Africa) Division
Formation sign of the 11th (East Africa) Division (second pattern)[1]
Country United Kingdom
Branch British Army
Part ofFourteenth Army
EngagementsSecond World War

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


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.[citation needed]

Combat history

Men of the 11th Division on the road to Kalewa, Burma after crossing the Chindwin River, 1945
Men of the 11th Division on the road to Kalewa, Burma after crossing the Chindwin River, 1945

The Division was composed of troops from Kenya, Uganda, Nyasaland, Tanganyika,Southern Rhodesia, Northern Rhodesia,[2] and from Belgian Congo. 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.[citation needed]

Commanding officers

Order of battle

21st East African Brigade

Under Brig. J. F. Macnab:

25th East African Brigade

Under Brig. N. C. Hendricks:

26th East African Brigade

Under Brig. V. K. H. Channer (to 18 November 1944), and Brig. A. P. Walsh (from 18 November 1944):

Divisional units

Divisional artillery

Under CRA Brig. J. V. D. Radford:

Divisional engineers

Divisional signals

See also


  1. ^ Cole, Howard (1973). Formation Badges of World War 2. Britain, Commonwealth and Empire. London: Arms and Armour Press. pp. 91–2.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h "Burma Star Association - The 11th East African Division". Archived from the original on 20 January 2008. Retrieved 26 November 2018.
  3. ^ "11th East African Division - Burma Star Memorial Fund". burmastarmemorial.org. Retrieved 2 May 2021.
  4. ^ "Rhodesian African Rifles - Rhodesian African Rifles". rhodesianafricanrifles.co.uk. Retrieved 25 April 2021.
  5. ^ Balériaux, André (1991). Un Belge face aux japs du Fort de Battice à la Birmanie. Bruxelles: Ed. Collet.