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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


16 February 2017, 12.24am

My father served in the 2nd

My father served in the 2nd Battalion of the DLI. All my life I'd known he had fought in Burma but never did he say anything about it. This changed when my mother died and suddenly he opened up about his war experiences. This was the first time I'd heard he'd served in the DLI, he mentioned Kohima Ridge was his first battle and he was just 18 and straight out of basic training, he talked about the tennis courts and the Banzai charges, about killing the Japanese in hand to hand combat, he told me that all the replacements that traveled with him to Kohima had been either killed or injured, he was the only one left without some sort of major wound. He mentioned going onto Imphal where he was shot 3 times, he showed me the bullet wounds in his arms and torso, wounds I'd never noticed for some reason growing up. I felt incredibly humble and proud of him, he was in hospital for some time after the battle and ended up becoming an unarmed combat instructor, due no doubt to his 6' 4" height. After the war ended he was one of the last to be demobbed and spent most of 1945-46 as a prison guard at the famous Changi prison in Singapore, guarding Japanese POWs, mainly NCOs and officers. After they were found guilty he helped to execute them, officers were shot and NCOs were hanged. All this and he was only 19 years old, how privileged are we to have avoided all that. Sadly he passed away in 2010, I'll never forget his stories or how proud he made me feel, I'll miss him until we meet again in the afterlife and maybe this time I can tell him how I feel. God bless you Dad.

Amo Nongmaithem
17 January 2017, 6.54am

My name is Amo Nongmaithem

My name is Amo Nongmaithem and I'm from Imphal. World War 2 ended in 1945, British left Imphal, and Manipur (state) forcefully merged to India. It's been more than 70 years the war has ended for the world but unfortunately the war is still going on there till now. Many people died every now and then, Manipur is still burning.

Jai krishna gurung
15 January 2017, 1.54am

My dad also fought in that

My dad also fought in that war. He used to weep while he narrate the war history.

Thomas Umland
22 December 2016, 7.01pm

Fascinating material! Please

Fascinating material! Please subscribe me to your free monthly newsletter. George MacDonald Faser's book "Quartered Safe Out Here" by roundabout led by search to this request. My Dad, by the way, commanded an M-7 Priest in WWII in Europe.

Ray Heggadon
16 December 2016, 5.42pm

My father JACK HEGGADON, b

My father JACK HEGGADON, b 1918 d 2007, was at imphal in 1944 in Royal Corps of Signals.He told me little about this battle except that he was there.He only spoke of the horror & deaths that occoured.He survived completely uninjured & returned to the UK in 1945.He married my mother in 1946 & I was born in 1947.My mother is alive today.

Mary Seddon
9 December 2016, 3.32pm

My Dad, Peter Seddon

My Dad, Peter Seddon (3529805), was in the 2nd Battalion Duke of Wellington Regiment from mid 1942 to the end of 1944. He was in the 23 LRP Brigade that initially was trained as Chindits and would have gone on the 2nd Chindit Expedition but Bill Slim ordered that this brigade be redirected to the Naga Hills instead of going on the expedition. The 23 LRP Brigade helped stop supplies reaching the Japanese and therefore played a large contribution in the victory of Kohima.

beryl jones
20 November 2016, 9.08pm

My great uncle pvt Leslie

My great uncle pvt Leslie Wain was in the 2nd Battalion Border Regiment and i think they were involved in the battle for Imphal,he must have survived the battle as he was killed by a japanese sniper on 3rd feb 1945.any photos of the 2nd please.

brian lee
12 October 2016, 6.44pm

MY father lance cpl George

MY father lance cpl George Lee was killed at Jotsoma close to Kohima.April 28 1944.He was in the RAC & Is buried in the cemetary at Kohima.Wish i could find more details.I do have the diary he kept up till a few days before he was killed.

Amena Rahman
7 October 2016, 8.50am

My grandfather was part of

My grandfather was part of this as well although as mentioned quite a bit of the role of people of Indian origin during that time has not been publicized much. I came upon the link with the references to fighting over a tennis court as getting any historical records from other sources has been rather futile. I think anyone subjected to the horrors of war are likely to face PTSD--taking another human life can not be trivial--even under the aegis of patriotism.

Historically this was one of WWII's geopolitical great games and figuring out access to natural resources and manpower. At the time, India was under British rule, so the Japanese used that to their advantage under the Asia for Asians movement from the propaganda and psychological angle. Lee Kuan Yew captured it quite well with the following statement:

"My colleagues and I are determined that no one--neither the Japanese or the British --had the right to push and kick us around. We were determined that we would govern ourselves and bring up our children in a country where we can be self-respecting people."

Even now--see how we form global alliances as the concept of colonization had lost it's allure in the current century. When leaders chose to be divisive based on religion, ethnicity, sex, what have you and at the same time rely on a global supply chain for resources, it probably requires a cold hard look and some introspection of what we have learned from history.

R V Tetso
1 September 2016, 8.38am

A man named Vikeyienyu Nagi

A man named Vikeyienyu Nagi (V. Nagi) is still alive here in Kohima, Nagaland in India's Country, who was the British Labour Corps Commander during the 2nd World War under the leadership of Army Major General JOHN M.L GROVER, 2nd Division, British Army. He was born in 1919 and is 97 years old and still alive today by Gods Grace. He was awarded three Medals by the British Empire 1. Burma Star 2. 1939-1945 Star and 3. British Empire Medal. During that time, DC Pawsey was in charge Naga Hill District, DC Adam- Chadu Pallel to Salween, DC Wims- Ration incharge Kohima, DC Eric Lambert- Battle of Kohima & Civil Administration and Mr. V. Nagi worked with this man and so he knows the life of Army Major General JOHN M.L GROVER, 2nd Division, British Army, According to him Lt. General William was never in Kohima or never fought the battle of Kohima with British Army. Mr. V. Nagi is from Jotsoma Village and Major. General JOHN M.L GROVER resided here in this Village. Now the villagers of Jotsoma have built a monument and erected a large stone at the place where Major General Gover resided in remembrance of him as he had saved this village from this ferocious battle. The Japanese Army came from Burma to fight the battle where Lt.General. Kotuku Sato was the Army General. Their base camp was at Jakhama Village (My Village). You need to know more email me.

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