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Battlefield: Kohima

Victory snatched from defeat

When the stubborn Indian and British defence of Imphal and Kohima in 1944 halted the Japanese advance, it changed the course of one of World War II’s most gruelling campaigns. Julian Humphrys investigates

TANKED UP

The rough terrain made t anks di cult to deploy, but when they were used t he y could be decisive.

BATTLES IN BURMA: British and Gurkha troops move along the road between Imphal and Kohima, where two fierce, attritional battles rage
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NO SURRENDER

The Japanese military code scorned surrender and often led its soldiers to fight to the death, even when all was lost.

Civilians in Burma (Myanmar) look on as Japanese forces pass by

TRAVELLING LIGHT

Without lots of supplies and equipment to slow them down, the Japanese often surprised the British by the speed with which they marched through the jungle.

Japan hoped to sweep its soldiers through Burma and into India, but their advance came to a halt at Imphal and Kohima
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