The three-month long observation of the 70th Anniversary of the Battle of Imphal (World War 2) came to an end today. Today’s programme was held late this afternoon at Manipur Film Development Corporation (MFDC) auditorium participated by Manipur Governor VK Duggal, Manipur Chief Minister O Ibobi Singh, Gaikhangam, Deputy Chief Minister of Manipur, Barry Murphy, Director, Common Wealth War Grave Commission, Gen. P.M.Bali, GOC 57 Mountain Division, Scott Furssedonn Wood, British Deputy High Commission to India, Jane Spicer, First Secretary, Australian High Commission to India , Col Larry J. Redmon, Military Attache, Embassy of United States, Chairman and Members of the Manipur Tourism Forum and 2nd World War Imphal Campaign Foundation.

Other features of the closing ceremony have been the showing of audio and video compilation of the three-month long observation of the ‘Battle of Imphal” which began on March 23. A souvenir was also released on the occasion.

Chairperson of Burma Campaign Society Akiko Mcdonald could not come to the programme but a video message from him was shown. Ministers and MLAs of Manipur also participated in today event.

Speaking on the occasion, Manipur Chief Minister highlighted the chronicles of the World War-II in Manipur.

London-based Japanese filmmaker and actor Junichi Kajioka hold a premiere of his World War II epic "Imphal 1944" to mark the end of the 70th anniversary celebrations of the Battle of Imphal.

Thousands of soldiers, belonging to both the Japanese and the Allied Forces, were killed and maimed in several high-pitched battles across Manipur, a significant, but forgotten, theatre of WW II. Notably, the twin battles of Imphal and Kohima have been called "the greatest-ever battle involving British forces" by the National Army Museum, London.

20th May 2014: Mr. Scott Furssedonn-Wood, British Deputy High Commissioner to Eastern India, will be attending the 70th Anniversary Commemoration of Battle of Imphal (WWII). During his stay in Imphal, he will be attending the Memorial Service at Imphal War Cemetery and the Closing Ceremony of the Commemoration of the 70th Anniversary Battle of Imphal. This will be his first visit to Imphal.
Scott Furssedonn-Woodis a career diplomat and assumed charge as the British Deputy High Commissioner for Eastern India in October 2013. Before being posted to Kolkata MrFurssedonn-Wood was based in the US. From 2008 until 2013 he served at the British Embassy in Washington DC, first as Head of Strategic Threats, working on counter-terrorism and counter-proliferation issues; and then as Head of the Political Section, where he was responsible for coverage of the 2012 Presidential election, a role which took him to 47 of the 50 states.
Joining Mr. Furssedonn-Wood will be Lt. Col. Simon Colyer, Military Adviser, British High Commission, New Delhi.
The 70th Anniversary Battle of Imphal (WWII) is being organized by Manipur Tourism Forum and 2nd World War Imphal Campaign Foundation with the support of Government of Manipur. Shri O. Ibobi Singh, Hon’ble Chief Minister of Manipur is the Chief Patron of the Organising Committee.


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