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When Rangoon fell to the Japanese
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8 March 1942

When Rangoon fell to the Japanese

On 8 March 1942 Rangoon fell to the Japanese after two and a half months of heavy bombing, the destruction of key infrastructure, and the exodus of nearly all its civilian population. This photograph shows victorious Japanese troops in front of Government House (near where the Region Hluttaw building is now). Imperial Vice Chief of Staff Lt General Takashiro Kawabe would formally sign Japan's surrender there in August 1945.

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