Light Infantry Divisions

   Elite units of the Burmese Army designed for mobile operations. The first Light Infantry Division, the 77th LID, was established in 1966 to fight the forces of the Communist Party of Burma in the Pegu (Bago) Yoma region. During Democracy Summer, the 22d and 33d LIDs were deployed in Rangoon (Yangon) to suppress antigovernment demonstrations. At the beginning of the 21st century, the Army contained 10 LIDs, including the 11th LID, based at Htaukkyan, north of Rangoon, which can be used to contain unrest in the former capital. LIDs are under the control of the Ministry of Defense rather than the Army's Regional Military Command structure.

Historical Dictionary of Burma (Myanmar). . 2014.

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