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This post is purely about data.  The aim is simply to show the extent of the SOE / Force 136 commitment to Burma and Southeast Asia from their own summary report.  Figures are from July 1945.

Burma – Personnel

In the field during 1945

British Officers – 148

British Other Ranks – 53

Native Officers and Other Ranks – 230

TOTAL – 431

Guerrillas – approx. 20,000 raised


French Indo-China – Personnel

In the field during 1945

TOTAL – 114

Guerrillas – approx. 600


Siam – Personnel

In the field during 1945

British Officers – 3

British Other Ranks – 1

Siamese – 29

TOTAL 33

Guerrillas – no figure given, but ‘potential’ for 10,000


Malaya – Personnel

In the field during 1945

British Officers – 60

British Other Ranks – 33

Gurkhas – 48

Malays – 20

Chinese – 42

TOTAL – 203

Guerrillas – approx. 3000


Sumatra – Personnel

In the field during 1945

British Officers – 2

British Other Ranks – nil

Dutch – 3

Natives – 13

TOTAL – 18

Guerrillas – nil


Andaman Islands – Personnel

British Officers – 14

British Other Ranks – 15

Native Officers and Other Ranks – 51

TOTAL – 80


China – Personnel

British Officers (attached to British Army Aid Group (BAAG)) – 5

British Other Ranks – 5

TOTAL – 10


In July 1945, Force 136 had:

1729 British personnel

672 British Officers and

1057 British Other Ranks.

Total female personnel, FANY and civilian: 723

FANY – 449   Civilian – 274

368 of the 723 were employed by the Signals establishment.

355 remaining were distributed on clerical and secretarial roles.

Note 27. of this document:  ‘It is estimated that were these female personnel to be replaced by B.O.R.s (and the majority are performing duties normally carried out by Other Ranks) an increase of 480 B.O.R.s would be required immediately to carry out the same duties.

Note 28. of this document:  ‘When female staff is employed it is necessary to budget for a higher sickness rate than with males.’


Between 1 January and 20 June, the following were Signals trained:

FANY – 26

French – 87

Siamese – 55

Sino-Siamese – 9

Javanese – 7

Canadian Chinese – 61

Gurkhas – 6

Punjabi Musselmen – 28

British Officers & ORs – 339

Malays – 14

Chinese – 37

Annamites – 28

Burmese (all castes) – 39

Pathans – 4

Dogras – 19

Sikhs – 6

Dutch – 10

TOTAL: 775

TOTAL OPERATIONS BRIEFED: 191

TOTAL W/T STATIONS INTRODUCED 1/1/45 to 15/7/45:

Andamans – 2

Burma – 50

French Indo-China – 75

Liaison (all with XIV Army, Burma) – 6

Malaya – 32

Siam – 15

Sumatra – 3

The total number of cipher groups in and out of the field in the same period up to 7 July was 1,422,356.

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