British troops take Akyab in western
The British make further gains in
central Burma and are now only 30 miles from Mandalay.
The British 19th Indian Division crosses
the river Irrawaddy, to the North of Mandalay.
British forces enter Monywa, 60 miles
to the West of Mandalay.
The land route from India to China
through Burma is declared free of Japanese and now open to
The first convoy for three years reaches
China through Burma.
U.S. planes sink the Japanese
floating dock at Singapore.
The British 20th Indian
Division crosses the river Irrawaddy Southwest of Mandalay.
The British Indian 4th Corps begins
to cross Irrawaddy and strike into the Japanese rear. The first
use of napalm is made in Burma.
The British 2nd Division establishes
another Irrawaddy bridgehead, while the British 36th Division
breaks through at Myitson, in northern Burma. Meanwhile further
British forces cross the Irrawaddy in central Burma.
The British Indian 4th Corps take
Meiktila airfield in central Burma after an eight-day push
from the Irrawaddy.
Japanese resistance ends
The new Chinese First Army takes Lashio
in north-eastern Burma.
A surprise armoured thrust by the
British in central Burma, cuts off 3,000 Japanese in Mandalay.
The Japanese evacuate Mandalay.
The British 19th Indian Division completes
the capture of Mandalay.
Chinese forces link up on the Burma
British 26th Division reaches the
Burma Road, which ends eight months of fighting.
The Chinese launch a new offensive
in Honan and Hupeh provinces of Central China.
Yamethin falls to the
British 4th Corps in the ‘Race for Rangoon’.
The British take Taungup in Southwest
Burma, thereby depriving the Japanese of their last coastal
The British Fourteenth Army in central
Burma captures the Chaulk oil centre on the Irrawaddy.
The Japanese Burma Area Army C-in-C
leaves Rangoon. The British Fourteenth Army takes Pyinmana
in central Burma.
Indian paratroops land to the South
of Rangoon, as the Fourteenth Army captures Pegu.
SEAC announces the liberation of Rangoon
SEAC announces that Rangoon was taken
so quickly that the Japanese had no time to destroy the installations
The Fourteenth Army moves South in
central Burma and links up with troops from Arakan in the west,
trapping all Japanese to the west of the river Irrawaddy.
Chinese troops are now 25 miles North
of Foochow and take Loyaun.
The British Twelfth Army HQ is set
up in Rangoon.
Chiang Kai-Shek resigns
the Chinese Premiership but remains as President and Generalissimo,
with Dr. Soong succeeding him as premier.
SEAC estimate that 108,240 Japanese
have been killed in Burma since February 1944.
The Chinese take Liuchow
and capture towns on the Indo-Chinese border.
The British capture secret documents
concerning a planned breakout of Honda’s 33rd Army in
to break out in Burma begins in earnest.
The Russians declare war
Soviet Army massed at the Manchurian
border sweeps into northern China and northern Korea overwhelming
the Japanese defences.
The Mongolian People’s Republic
declares a Holy War against the Japanese.
Chiang Kai-shek’s representatives
sign a treaty of alliance with the Russians.
Three of the Emperor’s family
are dispatched to China to carry the news of cease-fire to
Japanese troops still fighting there.
The Japanese forces in South China
surrender to the Chinese 1st Army in Canton. The Russian Far
Eastern Army captures Harbin and Mukden in Manchuria.
As the Red Army now hold much of
Manchuria, the Japanese Kwantung Army surrenders formally to
Major General Shelakor at Harbin.
The Japanese in Burma say they are
now ready to surrender having ‘clarified the position’.
Chinese troops are reported to have
entered the Republican capital of Nanking.
The Japanese sign the surrender agreement
The Russians announce the capture
of 513,000 prisoners in the Manchurian campaign.
A Royal Naval force takes Hong Kong
as marine's clash with Japanese suicide detachments.
Ghandi, Nehru, and the
all-India Congress Party demands that all Southeast Asia should
be free of imperialist domination.