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Admin Box battle

Overview page. Subjects: Second World War.

Fought in February 1944, the first major British success against the Japanese during the Burma campaign.

On 4 February 1944 the 55th Japanese Division, commanded by Lt-General...

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Air Commando

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Officially called No. 5318 Air Force Unit of the US Army Air Forces, which was commanded by Colonel Philip Cochran. Formed to support and supply the second operation of the ...

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airborne force

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A force made up of both ground and air combat units, brought together, equipped, and trained to engage in airborne missions.

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American Volunteer Group

Overview page. Subjects: Second World War.

(AVG).

Known as the ‘Flying Tigers’, because of the bared fangs painted on the noses of their fighters, this formation was the brainchild of Captain Chennault, a retired US Army ...

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Andaman and Nicobar Islands

Overview page. Subjects: Second World War.

Adjacent groups in the Bay of Bengal (Indian Ocean) which were administered by India. In March 1942, after Rangoon had fallen to the Japanese at the start of the Burma ...

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animals and the military

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(see also horses). Man has made use of the strength, speed, and stamina of his companion animals, in war as well as in peace, from the earliest recorded times. Domesticated ...

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Archibald Percival Wavell

Overview page. Subjects: Contemporary History (Post 1945) — Military History.

(1883–1950).

British general, commander‐in‐chief Middle East from July 1939, he directed campaigns against Italians after June 1940. In Cyrenaica he won a series of spectacular...

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battle for Myitkyina

Overview page. Subjects: Second World War.

The courageous Japanese defence, from May to August 1944, of this northern town in Burma against attacks by the Chinese and US Forces of Stilwell's Northern Combat Area Command (NCAC). ...

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battle of Imphal

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(1945).

In 1944 Imphal was the capital of Manipur state, India's eastern province. A scattering of villages rather than a real town, it lies in a plain 20 miles (32 ...

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battle of Mandalay

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This was fought in March 1945 between General Slim's Fourteenth Army and Lt-General Katamura Shihachi's Fifteenth Army during the Burma campaign.

In April 1942 the Japanese had...

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