World War II battles in Myanmar
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December 1942

World War II battles in Myanmar

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In December 1942, the 14th Indian Division began their (unsuccessful) attempt to seize the Mayu peninsula back from the Japanese, whilst at the same time the British and Gurkha special forces (the 'Chindits') were preparing for their first attempt ('Operation Longcloth') to push deep behind Japanese lines in northern Burma. But the Japanese were then also battling the Chinese in Yunnan, whose 5th and 6th armies had tried in vain in 1942 to hold the Shan states, and in 1943 would begin their push, with American support, across the Salween towards Muse. Chinese as well as Kachin units later assisted in the recapture of Myitkyina. This is a (very) young Chinese soldier, waiting to be airlifted from Myitkyina back home.

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