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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


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.

Akash Kannan
20 January 2015, 4.23pm

All you British people say is

All you British people say is your relative fought in the war. Seriously your people invaded India and brought war to our lands. Have any of you taught about the Indian soldiers who fought a war they never cared. And most of them ditched after war.

carole goodwin
4 January 2015, 12.07pm

My father served in Burma and

My father served in Burma and India as a quartermaster sergeant major with the 11th division, alongside Indian forces and gurkhas. He was trapped in imphal whilst the Japanese fought in nearby Kohima, and then pushed into Burma to foe the Japanese to retreat.

He lived until the age of 94, dying only 4 years ago. However, he made a beautiful book of his time in Burma for my mother. Whilst the stories are ensured in the ferocity of the fighting, they form a lovely handwritten memoir of his time there.

He had many horrific stories to tell of Japanese torture at the time, and the fighting, which he enjoyed passing on to me, his daughter and to his grandchildren. He found it difficult to forgive the Japanese, even in his later years, when he travelled widely, for their torture of men on the death railway to the south.

I am planning a trip to Burma this year, and would like to know what is still to be seen in Kohima and Imphal, and how easy it is to travel across the Burmese border. Does anyone have any suggestions?

5 December 2014, 4.46am

After the experiences of two

After the experiences of two devastating WWs, we, mankind of this lonely planet must avoid 3rd WW promoting universal love and brotherhood amongst all nations. We must promote One earth, One nation and one government in the world in future.

David Allen QC
14 November 2014, 1.58am

My Godfather Cecil Lonmon

My Godfather Cecil Lonmon (also called Douggie) fought in the battle of the tennis courts. He was in charge of some Gurkas who were great fighters. Used to go out in the darkness and come back with severed ears. Cecil survived because he was shot in the hip. Took his squash racket with him when he was evacuated. Said Japanese often fought drunk and as the comic books would have it would indeed shoud Bonzai as they ran through the jungle to attack. I have his Kukri still.

linda moon
26 August 2014, 1.06pm

My dad died 2 years ago

My dad died 2 years ago today, he fought in this battle..he told me they were trapped surrounded by japanese soldiers..calling and whispering in the night for them to surrender, my dads friend shot down right next to him hearing bullets whistle past his head..his friends blown to pieces...the hell on earth conditions...1 day left and they wouldve the distance relief was heard, trucks rolling round the hills to free them from imminent death...i would not have been here writing this...amazing, so brave..i salute you my dad!

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