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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

71 comments

N.P.Baruah
5 December 2014, 3.46am

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, 12.58am

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, 12.06pm

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 gone..in 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!

Leslie bray-jones
13 August 2014, 9.00pm

My uncle was killed in the

My uncle was killed in the relief of kohima, royal welsh fusiliers body not recovered. i was just wondering if any of the bodies have been recently uncovered due to building in the community? with hope and anticipation, les

Sheila Crowson
11 August 2014, 2.10pm

My late husband would mention

My late husband would mention the fighting at Imphal and Kohima. He was a WOPAG in the RAF and was seconded to Air Command SE Asia in August 1944 just after the battle. He was with No.7 base signal unit and 5965 Mobile Signal Unit. He mentioned that when his road transport broke down in the hills, he had to wait for backup transport, spending the night in the company of NAGA tribesman. He said he could hear their drums in the distance. He also mentioned his plane being sent to an airstrip supposedly taken by the British Army only to arrive and find the Japs were still there. The army had not arrived. They chased the Japs who ran away uncharacteristically, but I think I read the Japanese Commander refused the command to fight to the death and surrendered rather than waste more lives. (Don't know if this is true). I think the RAF did backup service in that area to get supplies to the army.

Two years ago I went to Assam and visited the Commonwealth graves in the cemetery at Guahati, which is very peaceful. I was told many of the soldiers buried there probably died of their wounds or fever. Also there had been a mass burial of Japanese soldiers, and just recently permission was given for the bones to be repatriated. I was also told that permission had been refused to a similar repatriation of the Japanese mass burial in Nagaland.
The above is my recall of what John told me and may not be totally accurate. . He succumbed very quickly to malaria and nearly died, but was sent to an army hospital and finished up in Delhi.

As already mentioned, not many people know much at the battle of Kohima and Imphal. It sounds like hell on earth.

Col.Shrikant G. Pitre (Retd.)
14 July 2014, 9.49am

While I was commanding a

While I was commanding a battalion, I stayed in the C.O.'s bungalow which was just above the famous 'Tennis Court' , for the possession of which some bitter encounters took place between the Japanese and the British troops. There was a derelict tank on the short-cut route from my residence and office. From my office I used to get a grand stand view of the entire area of the battle of Kohima. While tending our garden, my wife very often found old rusted .303 bullets and the tail pieces of 2" mortar bombs. I have very vivid memories of those days and of my regular visits to Kohima Cemetery - - - - - - !

Dave Lamont
5 July 2014, 4.19pm

See Arthur Campbell's book

See Arthur Campbell's book 'THE SIEGE' for a graphic description of the Battle of Kohima.

James Sloan
26 June 2014, 8.44pm

I had an 'honourary' uncle, a

I had an 'honourary' uncle, a family friend, Reginald Roberts, who was at Kohima, He fought at the Battle of the District Commissioner's Tennis Court. He won an MC that was 'Awarded in the Field' - but I do not know whether this was for valour at Kohima or for his actions as a Chindit: he took part in both raids across the Irrawaddy.

'Uncle Robby' rarely spoke about his experiences, though he did relate to me how he came to win his MC; and also that, after what he himself had seen the Japanese do to the wounded they had had to leave behind, including his best friend, those badly wounded during the second crossing of the Irrawaddy were shot rather than left to the Japanese then it hot pursuit.

Lt. Reginald Roberts died in 1962. He left no relatives that I know of, and thus took his memories with him to the grave. RIP

Richard Fitzgerald
28 May 2014, 10.09am

My Grandfather Leslie Richard

My Grandfather Leslie Richard Parker was with the Essex Regiment and served as part of the 23rd Brigade, sadly he died in 1956 aged only 34 and I never got the chance to meet him, but having got his service records and now being able to find out where he served and what he and many others went through we need to ensure they are NOT Forgotten...

MJ
12 May 2014, 10.36pm

My father was a British Army

My father was a British Army officer with both a Gurkha and a Royal Artillery (British-Indian Artillery) unit at Kohima - he told me something amazing, that the Japanese soldiers got within the 'arc' of the guns, so, in desperation, they buried the guns down flat, so they could fire that way at close range too - right 'at' them.

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