Merrill’s ‘Marauders’ fight
their first major action in Burma.
Gliders and air-transport-borne 'Chindits'
set up ‘Broadway’ a stronghold behind Japanese
lines, North East of Indaw.
Another 'Chindit' stronghold is established
South of the Irrawaddy.
The Japanese begin the Imphal-Kohima
offensive from northern Burma into Assam, India.
Some 12,000 Chindits are now behind
Japanese lines in Burma. British forces capture Buthiduang
on the Arakan front.
British troops take the ‘Golden
Fortress’ (Razabil) in Arakan, Burma.
The British are forced to withdraw
towards Imphal in Assam, while fighting a bitter rearguard
The Japanese begin crossing the Chindwin
for an advance against Kohima.
The 'Chindit' ‘White City’ base
at Mawla severs Japanese communications in northern Burma.
The British blow up the Manipur bridge
South of Imphal.
British tanks rout a Japanese tank
force at Tamu in India.
Wingate, leader of the Chindits is
killed in plane crash.
Merrill’s ‘Marauders’ begin
a 10-day defensive action against 1,300 Japanese at Nhpum Ga
The siege of Imphal begins, as the
Japanese cut the road to the North.
The 17th Indian Division
reaches the Imphal plain after a 20-day fighting retreat. Japanese
forces begin five weeks of attacks to reach Imphal from the
South and begin their attack on Kohima, Assam.
Fierce fighting across the District
Commissioner’s tennis court at Kohima. The Japanese renew
their struggle with the 17th Indian Division, South West of
British troops retake Nanshigum Hill.
Three Japanese blow up a 300ft suspension
bridge on the Silchar track.
The first reinforcements for the British
garrison at Kohima begin to arrive. Japanese forces launch
a new offensive in central China.
The last Japanese attack on Garrison
Hill, Kohima is repulsed as the British ‘left hook’ begins
its advance to the North.
The British force the road to Kohima
The British right hook South of Kohima
The 'Chindits' occupy Indaw.
Merrill’s 'Marauders' begin
a march on Myitkyina.
Chinese forces retreat in central
The British counter-attacks
at Kohima, are repulsed by the Japanese.
300,000 Japanese troops begin their
preliminary moves prior to an offensive from the Canton and
Hankow area in eastern China, with the aim of capturing allied
72,000 Chinese begin an advance along
the Burma Road.
The Japanese attacks to the South
East of Imphal are broken off.
Jail Hill and other key Kohima features
are recaptured by the British.
A Japanese attack on Hunter’s
Hill, North of Kohima is repulsed.
The 17th Indian Division counter-attacks
South of Imphal.
Merrill’s 'Marauders' take
Myitkyina airfield after a three-week, 100-mile, Jungle march.
Chinese forces counter-attack in central
China, and also make ground along the Burma Road.
The Japanese launch a two-pronged
attack from Canton and Hankow.
Start of the monsoon season bogs
down operations in Burma.
The British 2nd Division
begins its advance to relieve Imphal as the Japanese renew
attacks on Bishenpur. The Chinese besiege Myitkyina, near the
Chinese border in northern Burma.
The Japanese rearguard at Kohima retreats,
ending a 64 day battle.
The first B29 (Superfortress) combat
mission is made against the Bangkok railway.
The British 2nd Division is now only
55 miles from Imphal.
The British 2nd Division manages to
advance 14 miles towards Imphal.
The Japanese retreat from Imphal in
Manipur towards the Burmese frontier.
The British 2nd Division and 5th Indian
Division meet on the Kohima-Imphal road, which is now completely
clear of Japanese, lifting the 88-day siege of Imphal. The
'Chindits' begin an offensive on Mogaung in northern Burma.
The Chindits take Mogaung, with Chinese
The Japanese Imphal-Kohima
survivors are encircled at Ukrul.
China enters the seventh year of ‘The
Double Seven War’, which started on 7/7/1937.
The Japanese Fifteenth Army is ordered
to retreat to the Chindwin after losing 53,000 men and 17,000
horses since the 7th March.
All Japanese resistance in the Ukhrul
area on India-Burma border crushed by the British.
General Stilwell's troops,
the NCAC, with the help of reinforcements, succeed in securing
the town of Myitkyina in North Eastern Burma, but the 600 surviving
Japanese are evacuated after holding out for 79 days.
The British capture Tamu, across the
Japanese resistance in Northeast India
The last Chindits are evacuated from
behind Japanese lines in Burma.
The British 36th Division
takes Pinbaw, in northern Burma, during a monsoon advance from
The British and Chinese
begin an offensive from Myitkyina to Bhamo in northern Burma.
The British capture an important Japanese
supply depot at Mohnyin in Burma.
The Chinese 22nd Division crosses
the Irrawaddy in northern Burma.
The British 11th East
African Division takes Kalewa and advance to the Chindwin from
The Japanese capture Tushan, South
of the Nationalist capital of Chungking.
The Chinese finally take Bhamo itself
in northern Burma after the Japanese evacuate at night. The
19th Indian Division meets the British 36th Infantry Division
at Indaw, making the first connected front in Burma.
Eighty-four B29s bomb Hankow, which
remains alight three days after.