Osprey's examination of the Meiktila campaign of WOrld War II (1939-1945).
Author: Edward Young
Publisher: Osprey Publishing
Osprey's examination of the Meiktila campaign of WOrld War II (1939-1945). In the spring of 1944, Japanese 15th Army was shattered at Imphal and Kohima, allowing General William Slim, commander of 14th Army, to liberate Burma overland from India – a task considered impossible by the British chiefs of staff. Overcoming immense logistical problems, Slim coordinated a precisely timed attack along a 200-mile front, the longest opposed river crossing of the entire war, and an armored dash behind enemy lines that seized Meiktila, cutting Japanese supply lines. Mandalay fell and at the end of March 1945, with the battle lost, the Japanese withdrew south. Slim gave them no chance; Allied troops raced south and captured Rangoon. The Japanese army in Burma was finished.
"Argues that General Bill Slim's masterly but risky plan to outflank the main Japanese army at Mandalay deserves far more prominence and recognition.
Author: Michael Pearson
Publisher: Pen & Sword
"Argues that General Bill Slim's masterly but risky plan to outflank the main Japanese army at Mandalay deserves far more prominence and recognition. With the Japanese withdrawing, Slim's 14 Army, compromising the IV and XXXIII Corps, risked a perilous and punishing crossing of the mighty Irrawaddy at Mandalay opposed by the main Japanese army. To avoid this, Slim boldly decided to split his Army and send IV Corps on an arduous 300 mile march to seize the vital rail and road hub and the main Japanese administrative base of Meiktila, 85 miles south ... In this detailed analysis of this masterly manoeuvre, the author describes the plan, the risks, the actions, the seemingly insuperable logistic problems, and the efforts to retain US air support"--Jacket.
The time to unleash 4 Corps from the Nyaungu bridgehead for the break -
through to Meiktila had arrived . The operational plan was divided in to 6 phases :
( a ) exploitation east from the Nyaungu bridgehead by the two mechanised
This volume completes a two-volume guide to manuscipts relating to South and South-East Asia held in public and private collections in Britain and Ireland. Volume 1, covering repositories in London, was published in 1989.
Indian Air Force 1930-1945. Meiktila Gained, Lost and Regained Meiktila fell to
17th Division on March 4. The Jap reaction to this loss of a vital centre through
their main line of communication ran from their base at Rangoon to the fighting
Publisher: KW Publishers Pvt Ltd
The Indian Air Force is today 82 years old, a battle-scarred, highly professional force. How it reached this level is an epic saga of struggle against bias and racial prejudice for the officers and men from early thirties to the beginning of World War II. The charge was that Indians lacked leadership qualities and could not fly military aircraft and technically maintain them. In just three years, IAF technicians and pilots imbibed the discipline of the Air Force and performed magnificently in the North West Frontier Province. By 1939, when the war broke out, there was just one squadron. In 1941-42, the Japanese onslaught on Burma provided the IAF with an opportunity to show its competence and leadership in battle. As the Allied armies were retreating, along with the RAF, the IAF provided air cover. By 1944-45, there were nine squadrons and till the end of the war there were constantly in action. History records events taking an impersonal view. What our younger generations need to know is people. Without people there are no units and no organization. This narrative is an effort to bring to the reader the fierce joy at fighting for the country, the professional pride of doing one’s duty and finally the personal touch: “I did it.” Through the mouths of youngsters (who are no longer youngsters and some who have passed away) the reader can imagine himself to be there whether in the North-West tribal region, or flying over the thick jungles of Burma. It is the first-person account that provides the flesh and blood to history by describing hopes, fears, and pride in facing death and the enemy at close quarters on the frontier or in Burma. The narrative has interviews with those who took part in operations. This is a story of the Indian Air Force coming of age after being bloodied in war.
The story of the 4th Sikhs in the capture of Meiktila — the " nodal point of all
Japanese communications to their Army and their chief airfield centre " * now
follows . Meiktila , February 1945 The Battalion left Ranchi on 11th January and
A Priest self-propelled gun in action near Meiktila. Lieutenant General Masaki
Honda, Commander 33rd Army (right), with Lieutenant General Hayashi (left) and
Major General Koba. Field Marshal Count Juichi Terauchi, Japanese Supreme ...
Author: Michael Pearson
Publisher: Casemate Publishers
When the Burma campaign is discussed, the turning point battles of Imphal and Kohima are most often thought of. However General Bill Slims bold but risky plan to outflank the Japanese on the Irrawaddy at Mandalay deserves far more credit.With the Japanese withdrawing, Slims 14 Army (with two Corps XXXIII and IV) risked a punishing crossing of the mighty Irrawaddy at Mandalay opposed by the main Japanese army. To avoid this is was decided to split 14 Army and send IV Corps on an arduous 300 mile march to seize the town of Meiktila, 85 miles south, a vital rail and road hub and the main Japanese administrative base.Complete secrecy was essential as if the Japanese realized they faced only one Corps rather than two, they might have counter attacked successfully. In this detailed analysis of this crucial maneuver the author describes the plan, the risks, the actions, the seemingly insuperable logistic problems, and the efforts to retain US air support (for which Mountbatten was largely responsible).
... 20 Mar 1945 Myinmu Myinmu Bridgehead Fort Dufferin 11 – 12 Mar 1945
Maymyo 10 – 16 Feb 1945 8 - 21 Mar 1945 Seikpyu Kyaukse 1945 12 Feb - 30
Mar 1945 Meiktila 12 – 21 Feb 1945 Nyaungu Bridgehead Capture of Meiktila 28
Author: Anthony Baker
"This is a remarkable work of reference. It brings together into one comprehensive volume the story of of the achievements of the British and Commonwealth armies over 300 years of service. It tells of and lists the battles fought, whether they were honoured or -- equally importante -- whether they were not and are now largely forgotten, and which regiments were involved ..." -- Inside front cover.
Meiktila. and. Mandalay. February–March. 1945. G. eneral Slim knew that the
Japanese forces remaining in central and southern Burma were still substantial
in early 1945. Despite the 14th Army's superiority in heavy weapons and the
Author: Philip Jowett
Publisher: Pen and Sword Military
The battle for Burma during the Second World War was of vital importance to the Allies and the Japanese. The Allies fought to protect British India and force the Japanese out of Burma; the Japanese fought to defend the north-west flank of their newly conquered empire and aimed to strike at India where anti-British feeling was growing stronger. Yet the massive military efforts mounted by both sides during four years of war are often overshadowed by the campaigns in Europe, North Africa, the Pacific and China. Philip Jowett, using over 200 wartime photographs, many of them not published before, retells the story of the war in Burma in vivid detail, illustrating each phase of the fighting and showing all the forces involved – British, American, Chinese, Indian, Burmese as well as Japanese. His book is a fascinating introduction to one of the most extreme, but least reported, struggles of the entire war. The narrative and the striking photographs carry the reader through each of the major phases of the conflict, from the humiliation of the initial British defeat in 1942 and retreat into India and their faltering attempts to recover the initiative from 1943, to the famous Chindit raids behind Japanese lines, the Japanese offensive of 1944 and their disastrous retreat and ultimate defeat.
This bridge across the Wam Chaung river was brought down by RAF bombs in
January 1945 . ... 8 This Indian mortar company was supporting an infantry attack
on Seywa during the drive on Meiktila . the Commando positions with everything
Author: Ivor Matanle
Publisher: Smithmark Pub
Category: World War, 1939-1945
Historical, personal, and technical aspects of the Second World War are explored in this six-book series. Each book examines a different facet of the war, from the military machines and battles to the leaders who brought their people through the terrible times. Details of military weaponry, battle plans, and personalities will bring this conflict alive for readers.
4 Corps was to be switched over to the right flank of 33 Corps and was to
advance with all speed down the Kabaw and Myittha valleys towards Pakokku ,
cross the Irrawady early in February 1945 and strike at Meiktila with armoured
Meiktila: 1945 The 17th Indian Division122 was stationed in Imphal at the end of
January 1945. The various units of the division carried out training as lorry and
air-transport battalions.123 On 5 February, the 17th was ordered south towards ...
Author: Kaushik Roy
This collection of seventeen essays based on archival data breaks new ground as regards the contribution of the Indian Army in British war effort during the two World Wars around various parts of the globe.
This was reached on 17th February , 1945 . The battalion crossed the river on the
21st . No time was lost , and as soon as the whole division , less the 99th Brigade
, was across , a swift advance to Meiktila commenced . Within seventy - two ...
I urged Hla Shein , the BTF man , to arrange transport to Meiktila where we heard
ammunition was available . But he proved to be made more of talk than of action .
Due to his inefficiency , we were forced to endure the cold of Kalaw for a few ...
102–117) THE BATTLE FOR MANDALAY The importance of Meiktila: The
capture of Meiktila and its effect on the Japanese plans: The capture of Mandalay
: Japanese counter-offensive to retake Meiktila. ————————————— 102
Author: John Grehan
Publisher: Pen and Sword
Despatches in this volume include that on operations in Burma and North-East India between November 1943 and June 1944, by General Sir George J. Giffard; the despatch on operations in Assam and Burma between June 1944 June and November 1944, by General Sir George J. Giffard, Commander-in-Chief; the despatch on Naval operations in the Ramree Island area (Burma) in January and February 1945 by Vice-Admiral Sir Arthur J. Power, Commander-in-Chief, East Indies Station; and the despatch on operations in Burma between November 1944 and August 1945 by Lieutenant-General Sir Oliver Leese. This unique collection of original documents will prove to be an invaluable resource for historians, students and all those interested in what was one of the most significant periods in British military history.