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Vicky Randall
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I am looking for information on my father's career in Burma. Any suggestions, please.

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Hi Vicky
I have a group photograph of all the officers of No 5 Commando taken October 1943 and Lt K Pammenter is stood at the back
I also have a very early newsletter No6 from the Commando Association dated March 1948 and on page 5 is the obituary .One of the names on it is Major KM Pammenter The Hussars
A good book to read about No5 in Burma is Raiders Of The Arakan by CE Lucas Phillips

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Vicky Randall wrote:I am looking for information on my father's career in Burma. Any suggestions, please.


Vicky, welcome to the CVA forum, here is an extract from The Green Beret by Hilary St George Saunders. Chapter XXVI, The Hill in the Jungle, page 339/340 in which your father gets a mention

http://gallery.commandoveterans.org/cdoGallery/v/units/5/Documents/hill+in+the+jungle/Hill+in+Jungle_+Green+Beret339.jpg.html
http://gallery.commandoveterans.org/cdoGallery/v/units/5/Documents/hill+in+the+jungle/Hill+in+JungleGreen+Beret340.jpg.html

Incidently, my father wrote a footnote saying " shortly after this 3 & 4 Sub-sections became surrounded & were caught in the open by withering fire. Capt Kerr was badly wounded having his arm practically severed by machine gun fire.
Everywhere lay dead or wounded Commandos. Those who could move tried to reach the cover of the jungle but were shot down immediately. Capt Kerr was again hit in both legs & lost consciousness.
4 Troop coming to the rescue brought 2" mortars into play & after a while they seemed to be having some effect.
Just before dusk, Lt Noble (Coldstream Guards) brought a stretcher party out into the open & at great personal risk took Capt Kerr & myself [then Rfn Mick Collins] to cover.
For this he was awarded the MC
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My father does mention Commandos that were wounded, died of wounds or were killed in this action but the list is short so I believe he only mentions cdos from his troop.

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Hi Vicky,

Whilst searching for something else I came across three photos of your father, Capt (later Major) Kenneth Malcolm Pammenter, No.5 Commando, at the Eastern Warfare School in Brockenhurst.

They can also be see in the Commando Training Album in the Gallery

http://gallery.commandoveterans.org/cdoGallery/v/Commando+Training/?g2_page=3

Nick

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Nick Collins

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Proud son of Cpl Mick Collins, 5 Troop, No5 Cdo

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