Allied forces in burma ww2

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The Burma Road: The Epic Story of the China-Burma-India Theater in World War II by Donovan Webster

As the Imperial Japanese Army swept across China and South Asia at World War IIs outset, closing all of Chinas seaports, more than 200,000 Chinese laborers embarked on a seemingly impossible task: to cut a 700-mile overland route -- the Burma Road -- from the southwest Chinese city of Kunming to Lashio, Burma. But when Burma fell in 1942, the Burma Road was severed. As the first step of the Allied offensive toward Japan, American general Joseph Stilwell reopened it, while, at the same time, keeping China supplied by air-lift from India and simultaneously driving the Japanese out of Burma.

From the breathtaking adventures of the American Hump pilots who flew hair-raising missions over the Himalayas to make food-drops in China to the true story of the mission that inspired the famous film The Bridge on the River Kwai, to the grueling jungle operations of Merrills Marauders and the British Chindit Brigades, The Burma Road vividly re-creates the sprawling, sometimes hilarious, often harrowing, and still largely unknown stories of one of the greatest chapters of World War II.
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Southeast Asia. Southwest Pacific.
Donovan Webster

Japanese occupation of Burma

Burma, Highly relevant today, World War II has much to teach us, not only about the profession of arms, but also about military preparedness, global strategy, and combined operations in the coalition war against fascism. During the next several years, the U. Army will participate in the nation's 50th anniversary commemoration of World War II. The commemoration will include the publication of various materials to help educate Americans about that war. The works produced will provide great opportunities to learn about and renew pride in an Army that fought so magnificently in what has been called "the mighty endeavor. World War II was waged on land, on sea, and in the air over several diverse theaters of operation for approximately six years.

Southeast Asia. Southwest Pacific. North America. Manchuria and North Korea. The Burma campaign was a series of battles fought in the British colony of Burma , South-East Asian theatre of World War II , primarily involving the forces of the British Empire and China , with support from the United States , against the invading forces of Imperial Japan , Thailand , and collaborator units such as the Burma Independence Army , which spearheaded the initial attacks against British forces, and the Indian National Army. British Empire forces peaked at around 1,, land and air forces, and were drawn primarily from British India , with British Army forces equivalent to 8 regular infantry divisions and 6 tank regiments , [36] , East and West African colonial troops, and smaller numbers of land and air forces from several other Dominions and Colonies.

Frontier is building a membership programme. Sign up here for updates. Under the command of Kuomintang Generalissimo Chiang Kai-Shek, the Chinese Nationalists begin work in on the 1,kilometre mile Burma Road, connecting Kunming in Yunnan with Lashio, and ultimately Rangoon, to help supply their beleaguered forces in China. Already embroiled in a war in Europe, Britain declares war on the Empire of Japan. The Allied Commander-in-Chief, India, General Archibald Wavell, who had previously fought the Germans in North Africa scrambles to rally Burmese forces for a counterattack with assistance from the Chinese Nationalists, but it is too late. Retreating ahead of a smaller but more experience Japanese force, the 17th India Division — comprising British, Indian and Burmese troops — makes a stand at the bridge over the Sittaung River about kilometres by road northeast of Rangoon.

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The Burmese hoped to gain support of the Japanese in expelling the British, so that Burma could become independent. In Japan invaded Burma and nominally declared the colony independent as the State of Burma on 1 August A puppet government led by Ba Maw was installed. However, many Burmese began to believe the Japanese had no intention of giving them real independence. By April , the Allies had driven out the Japanese. Subsequently, negotiations began between the Burmese and the British for independence. Under Japanese occupation, , to , civilians died.


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