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Major J.M. Calvert D.S.O.

Transcript of Distinguished Service Order Citation


77th Indian Infantry




Royal Engineers

Column Commander,
77th Indian Infantry Brigade.

Date of


Regtl. No.

Rank and Name

Captain (T/Major) James Michael CALVERT

Action for which recommended :-


Under the leadership of Major CALVERT, No. 3 Column carried out a series of highly successful attacks on the SHWEBO-MYITKYINA Railway on 6th March 1943. In the course of these attacks the railway line was blown in 75 separate places, a number bridges were destroyed and quantities of mines sown. The operation was not carried out without interference from the enemy and Major CALVERT was interrupted in his work of destruction by a strong force of enemy from NANKAN Station. This force he engaged with determination, compelling it to withdraw leaving fourteen dead on the field. He then returned and completed the destruction of the railway.

Throughout this operation and the approach march to the railway, Major Calvert was isolated from all assistance; the surprise he achieved and, in particular, the great thoroughness and skill with which the operation was carried out were due to his personal qualities of leadership and supervision. The destruction of the railway was carried out after a march through enemy occupied territory of over 200 miles, occupying sixteen days. Had the column not been handled with great skill, and faithful observance of the principles of long range penetration taught, it would never have reached the railway unopposed.

Recommended By

Brigadier O.C. Wingate, DSO
Comdr. 77th Indian Infantry Brigade

Honour or Reward

D.S.O. (Immediate)

Signed By

Brigadier O.C. Wingate
Comdr. 77th Indian Infantry Brigade

General Auchinleck
Commander-in-Chief India

(London Gazette 06.08.1943)