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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


24 November 2015, 8.48pm

My Father, Sargent Kenneth

My Father, Sargent Kenneth Johnson, was Canadian but in British 14th Army 2nd Infantry Yorkshire was badly wounded at Imphal and was in and out of hospitals his whole life up to his passing in 1998. I remember Malaria and PTSD attacks. He never talked about it but always had so much respect for The Gurkas who fought beside him. Miss him every day.

Anji kerr
13 November 2015, 9.17am

In relation to [Graeme

In relation to [Graeme Parsons's message of 14/08/2015], My father was at Kohima. He was silent for many years. Could not bear to talk about it. Looking back he clearly had what we now know as PTSD. He suffered oh how he suffered. He wrote down some stuff you may be interested in. I am preparing a little book on Photo box for my family.


My father died a year ago now. Still missed.

Phil Holmes
16 October 2015, 6.35pm

My father Ewart Holmes was

My father Ewart Holmes was killed on 16 May 1944 fighting the Japanese for the Kings Own Scottish Borderers to the east of Kanglatonbi north of Imphal. A report said they crossed the river on ropes in darkness, climbed a cliff and rested until dawn when they attacked the Japanese bunkers. Do any local guides know the name of this hill or battle site? His body was buried, but know record remains of where it is. If I find out, I would be interested in visiting.

Stephen J Pennells
16 August 2015, 10.17pm

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, 2.44pm

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, 12.52pm

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, 8.09am

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, 4.14pm

I like this a lot

I like this a lot

Gary Cooper
25 March 2015, 7.36pm

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, 5.35pm

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:

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