Burma campaign during the Second World War.
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Myanmar 101: Burma in WWII - A timeline of the Japanese invasion, British defeat, and Allied reoccupation
A timeline of the Japanese invasion, British defeat, Allied reoccupation and political turmoil that would set the stage for an independent Burma.
Documentary film: Messages Home: Lost Films of the British Army
Documentary film Messages Home: Lost Films of the British Army is about the men and women who went to Burma, the men and women and children they left behind and, in some cases, never saw again. During the renovation of Manchester Town Hall in 1984, builders came across 35 canisters in the basement. The canisters contained 23 films that were part of a morale-raising propaganda series entitled `Calling Blighty`, where soldiers, some of whom had been away from home for as many as three years, were invited to talk to their loved ones via the medium of film.
Classic turn-based strategy games: Conflict-Series
If you like classic turn-based PC war games and legendary strategy board games make sure to check out the highly rated Conflict-series for Android. Some of the WWII Campaigns include Axis Balkan Campaign, D-Day 1944, Operation Barbarossa, France 1940, Kursk 1943, Market Garden, Iwo Jima, Okinawa, Rommel's North African campaign, and the Battle of Bulge. In addition to WWII some other time periods include Korean War, American Civil War, First World War and American Revolutionary War. The more complex campaigns like Operation Sea Lion, Invasion of Norway, and Invasion of Japan 1945, include Naval element and handling logistics of supply flow.
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20 brand new Spitfires buried in crates in Burma during World War II to be returned to UK
20 brand-new RAF Spitfires could soon reach for the sky. Historians think they have located 20 of WWII fighters buried at airfields around Burma. The Spitfires were shipped out to Burma in the summer of 1945 to support the Chindit special forces on the ground. However, atomic bombs dropped on Japan brought the war to a sudden end, and the Mark II Spitfires in the secret haul never saw action. Earl Mountbatten issued an order for them to be hidden in 1945 to prevent foreign forces from getting their hands on them as the British army demobilised. The aircraft, straight from the production line, were buried in crates at a depth of 4ft to 6ft to preserve them.
China rebuilds Burma's Stilwell Road, used by British and American forces to supply Chinese troops
China rebuilds Burma's historic "Stilwell Road", the route from India used by British and American forces to supply Chinese troops in their struggle against Japanese Imperial Army during the Second World War. The road was named after American General "Vinegar Joe" Stilwell by nationalist China leader Chiang Kai-shek to mark his determination to discover a way to get more military supplies from India to Chinese troops.
War veteran travels back to Burma to tour battlefields and honour dead comrades
Burma Star-winner David Norman Davies, who helped liberate the country now known as Myanmar from Japanese occupation, is travelling back to south east Asia to honour his fallen comrades. His WW2 tour has been made possible by the National Lottery's Heroes Return programme, which awards grants for World War Two veterans to visit their battlefields. "As soon as we had news of the surrender we began badgering our officers for permission to rescue our POWs from Bangkok, where they were being held, but there was always some terribly important officials who needed ferrying, and the rescue kept being put off."
The Battle For Burma by Roy Nesbit (book review) -- World War II veteran's 25th book
"The Battle For Burma" is well-researched work by Roy Conyers Nesbit, whose WWII books have been well reviewed with Amazon listings featuring a swathe of 5/4-star ratings. His new book recounts the story of the Burma Campaign, in which the Allies fought in disease-ridden jungle terrain to stop Japan from taking India and dominating the Far East and Asia. Nesbit chose the subject it isn't given the importance it deserve: "I think events in Burma were almost of equal importance to events in Europe. There were more people involved in the battle for Burma than were involved in the battle for Europe."
Forgotten Army: The suffering and courage of British WW2 soldiers fighting in the Burmese jungle
The British might not have underestimated their enemies had they heard a Japanese general issue his Order for the Day: "Continue in the task till all your ammunition is expended. If your hands are broken, fight with your feet... Lack of weapons is no excuse for defeat." The British campaign to push the Japanese out of Burma was the longest and bloodiest of the Second World War. As the Japanese attacked British Empire, the biggest in the world's history, the first British reaction was to dismiss these Orientals. At first British soldiers laughed at these "dwarf-like figures under their medieval helmets, their mongol faces..."
Burma's Stilwell Road: A backbreaking World War II project is revived
It was a road some said couldn't be built. Most of the men ordered to make it happen were African American soldiers. As WWII raged, they worked day and night in the jungles, soaked by 140 inches of rain in the 5-month monsoon season. Some died from disease, or fell to their deaths when equipment slid along mud tracks and dropped off cliffs. Others drowned, or were killed pulling double duty in combat against the Japanese. They gave their lives to build a 1,079-mile road across northern Burma. Not long after the huge project was done, two atomic bombs ended the war, and a hard-won passage (called "the Big Snake") was abandoned.
Merrill's Marauders: Ted McLogan recalls time as WWII lieutenant in Burma
Because of his courage as a World War II lieutenant, Ted McLogan was added to the Army Rangers Hall of Fame and has a hill in Burma named after him. So it was no big deal when he was asked to be the keynote speaker in Atlanta, Ga., at the 62nd reunion of Merrill's Marauders. The unit is famous for being the first to fight the Japanese in Asia and for marching 1,000 miles in the unforgiving jungle - farther than any other force during the war. In January 1944, 2700 of the Marauders marched through a region in the Himalayas and into Burma, attacking Japanese supply and communication lines - The Marauders suffered 80% casualties.
Captain Robert Franks has died aged 95 - A little-known river war in Burma
Robert Franks was an officer in destroyers. As the British withdrew north along the Arakan peninsula in 1943, he was ordered to stop Japanese reinforcements crossing the Mayu river. Having commandeered the river steamer Yengua for his headquarters, he took a force of 6 landing craft from Chittagong to a secret harbour on the coast. Drifting upstream on a moonless night, he saw several camouflaged craft. He whispered "Action Stations" and closed to 80 yards range, destructing an enemy convoy. He returned with what he believed were the first Japanese prisoners on this front.
Trying to honor Asians who died building Burma-Thailand rail in WWII
The tourists who visit Kanchanaburi, storied Thai city, normally beat a path to the bridge on the River Kwai and the cemeteries containing the remains of WWII Allied POWs who died constructing the railway. If they come to the quiet neighborhood where Urai Bosap grew up it is probably because they have taken a wrong turn. There are no memorials to the horrors that happened here 6 decades ago, just a small orchard of banana trees. But Urai knows better. She refuses to eat the fruit that grows in the orchard because as a teenager she watched as hundreds of Asian laborers were thrown into mass graves where the trees now stand.
Major-General Derek Horsford - Gurkha Rifles in the Burma campaign
Major-General Derek Horsford, who was awarded 2 DSOs while serving with the Gurkha Rifles in the Burma campaign, died at 90. At the end of May 1944 the Kohima battle entered a critical phase: The British occupied the remains of what had once been the town, but the Japanese dominated Kohima and the Imphal road. Despite poor conditions the Japanese - dug into deep inter-connected bunkers - had resisted every attempt to shift them. Mortars, bazookas and machine-gun fire had little effect, and frontal attacks had been beaten off with casualties. At this point the 4th Battalion 1st Gurkha Rifles lost its commander to a sniper's bullet. Horsford was brought to take over.
US explorers, armed with metal detectors, discover WW2 wreck in Burma jungle (Article no longer available from the original source)
3 amateur explorers from the U.S. have uncovered the wreckage of a downed American World War II plane in the jungles of northern Burma. Brenda Davidson, Nancy Nenow and Don Morley heard rumours of the aircraft from tribesmen on previous trips, and set off from the town of Hkamti armed with metal detectors on Jan 13. They found the wreck, which included parts of the plane's pumps, generator and landing gear, after trekking 13 days. "We didn't find the fuselage, so we could not guess what type of plane it was." Because the wreck was too heavy to carry away, they photographed it and wrote down a brand name found on a pump.
Burma campaign ignored: The rarest service medal for Canadians (Article no longer available from the original source)
Of all the WWII service medals, The Burma Star is arguably the rarest for Canadians. Of nearly one million Canadians who wore their country's uniform, only some 7,000 served in the Burma theatre. Burma vets have always been forgotten, not only by the public, but by the media, Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC), and now by the new Canadian War Museum. Most people haven't a clue what The Burma Star looks like. They know about medals awarded for service in Italy, the Africa Star, Atlantic Star, even the Pacific star. But The Burma Star with its red core flanked by dark blue and gold stripes is largely unknown.
Soldier Hid For 60 Years After Burma Horror
A traumatised former POW has finally emerged from his home after 60 years hiding. The 100-year-old British veteran was left a broken man after being part of the slave labour force used to build the Burma railway. When he was liberated at the end of WWII, his devoted wife cared for him at their house. After she died, their spinster daughter carried on looking after him. It was only after the daughter's death that the old soldier's plight was uncovered. He finally explained his story to the ex-servicemen's mental illness charity. Officials described it as the most extreme example of battlefield stress they had ever encountered.
World War 2 ace, author Robert L. Scott
Brig. Gen. Robert L. Scott, the WWII flying ace who told of his exploits in his book "God is My Co-Pilot," passed away. He rose to nationwide prominence during WWII as a fighter ace in the China-Burma-India theater, then with his best-selling 1943 book, made into a 1945 movie. He shot down 22 enemy planes with his P-40 Warhawk, though some were listed as "probable" kills. "You had to have two witnesses in the formation, or you needed a gun camera to take a picture. Only we didn't have gun cameras in China. I had 22 aerial victims, but I only had proof of 13." He worked with the Flying Tigers, General Claire Chennault's famed volunteer force of pilots.
Japan veteran seeks UN status for "death railway"
A Japanese war veteran who helped interrogate prisoners of war building the Thai-Burma railway during WW2 is seeking to preserve the "death railway" as a reminder of the horrors of war. Takashi Nagase was once an interpreter for the military police, but he has devoted much of his life since the war to trying to atone for the actions of the Japanese military. Allied prisoners, mostly British, Dutch and Australian, were forced to work on the railway in such harsh conditions that 16,000 of them died of starvation and disease. Many times that many local laborers also lost their lives.