3 Cdo Bde. order of the day by Lt.Gen.Sir AF Phillip Christison
Appendix to HQ 3 Cdo Bde War Diary for Feb 45
15 Indian Corps: Special Order of the Day
Field 17 Feb 45
Author: Lieut. Gen. Sir A.F. Philip Christison, KBE, CB, MC, Comd 15 Indian Corp
Copy of original document supplied by: John Mewett
Transcribed by: Jennie Barlow
To: 3 Commando Brigade
Having been placed under command of 15 Indian Corps to lead assaults in particularly hazardous and important amphibious operations, you have successfully completed the tasks which were assigned to you.
Your courage and determination in assault and attack, your tenacity and aggressiveness in defence and counter attack have won the praise and admiration of the Commanders and troops, British, Indian and Gurkha of all other formations engaged in the operations and who fought beside you. Through your exploits at AKYAB, at MYEBON and at KANGAW and the valuable reconnaissance which you made along the ARAKAN Coast, you have gained a reputation throughout the Corps for indifference to personal danger, for ruthless pursuit in success, for resourceful determination in adversity, which has been a source of inspiration to your comrades in arms.
The battle of KANGAW has been the decisive battle of the whole ARAKAN campaign and that it was won was very largely due to your magnificent defence of Hill 170.
I am very proud of you and thank you all for the decisive contribution which you have made to the success of the campaign and the rout of the Jap in this theatre of operations.
I deplore the loss of your gallant comrades, and trust that your wounded may soon be restored to your ranks.
For the future, I wish you all happiness and success.
(To be read out on parade to all ranks.)