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Indonesia (Troops)

Volume 416: debated on Thursday 12 April 1945

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asked the Secretary of State for War how many Indian soldiers are refusing to fight the Indonesian troops; and if he will take steps to ensure that the conscientious scruples of these soldiers will be recognised and protected.

I have received no reports of Indian soldiers failing to carry out their orders in the fighting against the Indonesians. Indeed, all on the spot have spoken most highly of the gallant behaviour of the troops.

asked the Secretary of State for War if he will name the British and Indian units stationed in Indonesia.

While operations are in progress it would be undesirable to divulge the complete order of battle. I can, however, say that the 5th, 23rd and 26th Indian Infantry Divisions are now in Indonesia.