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  • Date: 7 March - 18 July 1944
  • Location: Manipur and Nagaland States (in modern-day India)
  • Campaign: Second World War (1939-45)
  • Combatants: Britain and British India against Japan and the Indian National Army (INA)
  • Protagonists: Lieutenant-General William Slim, Lieutenant-General Geoffrey Scoones, Lieutenant-General Montagu Stopford and Colonel Hugh Richards; Lieutenant-General Renya Mutaguchi and Lieutenant-General Kotoku Sato
  • Outcome: British and British Indian victory


Stephen J Pennells
16 August 2015, 11.17pm

further to my note on #60- My

further to my note on #60- My "foreman" was Jack Welstead- a local man who in retirement after leading the night shift at Riverhead Marley Tiles went on to work at St. Hilary's school and caretaker and handyman with my father- also ex- Queen's Own, though father was younger and didn't see action until the last few months of the invasion of Germany. Jack was a modest man who didn't talk about Kohima, but new Tom by his Christian name.

ellis david allen
16 August 2015, 3.44pm

my father ellis dean allen

my father ellis dean allen was a sergeant instructor with the raf at imphal unarmed combat and was preparing to return to burmah when bomb dropped

Graeme Parsons
14 August 2015, 1.52pm

I would like to know if

I would like to know if anybody can advise on any organisations that I could contact to try and find out more information regarding my late father's experiences in the second world war? He had a Burma Star medal and I believe he fought at Kohima and Imphal, but he told me very little of his experiences. If any items came on the television about this part of the second world war he would often break down in tears and leave the room. He obviously saw some horrific things. I know from my mother that she feared him lost at one point as she had received no letters from him for in excess of 6 months. I would like to find out more about what he went through and his journey throughout Burma/India. I have some old photographs from Egypt where he was offloaded from the troop boat and hospitalised (I don't know the name of the boat but it sailed from Stranraer) having fallen and broken his ribs, and also from Rangoon. He never caught up with his original unit and never saw some of his friends again. He was I believe in the Staffordshire regiment and became a sergeant major within the military police.

James Hall
9 July 2015, 9.09am

I feel very emotional reading

I feel very emotional reading these comments. My father sailed to India in the troopship Mooltan and came home in the Georgic in early 1947. Nobody wanted to know what those young men went through. His sister threw his medals away. He never told me much about it although I pestered him at times. Only shortly before he died he recalled that he wore a badge with crossed keys which I discovered was the 2nd British Division. Then I discovered he had been wounded. He had kept that from me as well. I think he was in armoured cars or scout cars but as he told me he was in different units. He used to get bouts of malaria reoccurring when I was very little I think. Without the bravery of those boys of the 14th Army of all nations and religions, India would have become a colony of Japan. That would have been far worse for the Indian people than British rule. The British were preparing to leave anyway. I find it hard to accept the way some people regard the INA as heroes. They were misguided. The real heroes were the loyal Indians who fought both for the Empire and India.

Madison R
15 May 2015, 5.14pm

I like this a lot

I like this a lot

Gary Cooper
25 March 2015, 8.36pm

Carole My father was at the

My father was at the DC's Bungalow in Kohima and then through Imphal, down through Burma - Ye-o, Shwebo, The Irrawaddy, Mandalay and on to Mount Popa, where the enemy finally turned and ran.

We visited Kohima 8 years ago and you may be assured there is plenty there for you to see. The tennis court is now the focal point of the most beautifully set cemetery for British and Indian fallen and as you sit there and take it all in, you will be amazed just how small the entire battlefield was.

You should be aware that Kohima and Imphal are in Nagaland, which is part of India and can only be accessed by the road from Dimapur. You will need to enlist the aid of a specialist guide because the entry visa is not easily obtained and even when you are in, you have to stick to a pre-planned route and you are likely to be shadowed by local security police.

Unfortunately, our schedule did not allow us to take in Imphal, but we have just returned from the second leg of our mission to follow in my fathers footsteps, which took us from Ye-o, some 160 miles north of Mandalay, all the way through to the end at Mt Popa.

There is nothing specific to see, except the terrain and villages they fought through, which apart from the odd moped here and there, are pretty much as they were 70 years ago. For this journey, we entered Myanmar via Bangkok and Mandalay is a good base point. It is not possible to do Kohima, Imphal and Burma as one trip as there is no border available to tourists.

I wish you well - The trip is definitely worthwhile - and to cap it off, Burma is a lovely country with kind, gentle people and great food!

14 March 2015, 6.35pm

I have found a very good

I have found a very good website which offers tours to the battlefields of Imphal and Kohima. I am planning to visit the places very soon. My dad was in the 17th Indian Division. For those who are interested in visiting the battlefields, here's the website:

Yumnam Rajen Singh
10 March 2015, 5.48pm

@Carol Goodwin: I am working

@Carol Goodwin: I am working as a tour guide for the last many years and I have got some knowledge in regard to 2nd World War. I know some of the places in Manipur where the British soldiers fought against the Japanese forces during the 2nd world war. Some of the fierce battle also occurred in and around Imphal also. It was at Red Hill-2926 (Japanese named this hill as AKAI YAMA-2926). In Japanese AKAI = RED and YAMA = HILL. This place is locally known as MAIBAM LOTPA CHING and it is only 15 km from Imphal. One very interesting story is that Battle of Nungsigam is very famous where the British soldiers got defeated by the Japanese. One book is also written by a Britisher in the name of Battle of Nungsigam. I have one copy of this book. I have guided so many battle fields of the 2nd World War for the Japanese people as well as British people.

David Westgate
9 March 2015, 2.12pm

Carole http://www.ww2imphalca

Take a look at this website. I traveled to Imphal and Kohima last April for the 70th and these guys were brilliant. They showed me and the rest of our party all of the sites we wanted. Even went on a dig with them and actually witnessed a bayonet being excavated after 70 years. They have the only 2 guides in Asia that are registered with the International Guild of Battlefield Guides.
I have remained in contact with them since returning to the UK and they have been most helpful with obtaining additional information and pictures. I will be returning in 2019 for the 75th and will certainly meet up with these guys again.
I hope this help.

Yumnam Rajen Singh.
9 March 2015, 9.58am

@Carol Goodwin: I am happy to

@Carol Goodwin: I am happy to find a beautifull paragraph of the 2nd World War history dated 4th Jan 2015 written by you about your father's war account so I have decided to help you in your curiosity about Imphal and Kohima battle history and upto Burma border. I know the places around Kohima and Imphal regarding the battle. Besides of this, you will get more information regarding the battle at the time of visit to our places.

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