Having completed a British/Commonwealth platoon and supports for the early stages of the war in the Far East I have also created a platoon to represent the same force as it would appear in the later stages of the war. These cover the British in Burma as well as the Australians in the Pacific. By this stage of the war the khaki drill tropical uniform and shorts had been replaced with jungle greens. The armies had also been better supplied with modern equipment, although quite often that more 'modern' equipment was materiel that had become obsolete in other theatres.
The helmet chin strap could be noisy if not firmly attached and made it difficult to move quietly in jungle. The slouch or bush hat was more comfortable to wear and quieter. From what I can see in photographs soldiers appear to have adopted both types and there is plenty of pictorial evidence that both slouch/bush hats and helmets were worn in combat.
In 1943 the British formed 14th Army in Burma and I think it’s important to acknowledge that it was a multi-national force from a number of commonwealth countries, including the Indian Army and units from West and East Africa. While my initial collection for this theatre is extremely euro-centric I'm looking forward to adding additional platoons, particularly for the likes of the Indian Army that played a very significant part in the campaign.
The British for Burma are based on the AB Figures range for the Mediterranean theatre, however these work just as well for the Far East. They also work for Australians, although I have a specific set of figures for them from the Eureka Miniatures range (who also produce the bulk of my Japanese figures). The AB Figures are all in steel helmets.
The British infantry platoon in the Far East was structured in the same way as its counterpart in the European theatre, with three sections making up the platoon. Each section commanded by a corporal armed with a submachine gun and composed of a six man rifle team and a three man Bren gun team.