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70th Anniversary of Battle of Imphal will be Commemoration

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Manipur Tourism Forum and 2nd World War Imphal Campaign Foundation will be organising the 70th Anniversary Commemoration of the Battle of Imphal from March to June 2014. It was seventy years ago that Manipur was witness to an epic battle between the British-led Allies and the Japanese and the Indian National Army (INA). From March to July of that year, over 200,000 Japanese, Britons, Indians, Gurkhas and men from several other nations clashed in the hills and valley of Manipur in what has since been described as one of the greatest battles of the Second World War. Indeed, on 20 April 2013, the combined battle of Imphal/Kohima was named as Britain’s Greatest Battle by the National Army Museum of the United Kingdom.

"...Imphal and Kohima suddenly awakened the world to the titanic scale of the military conflict in mainland Asia..." -
Christopher Bayly and Tim Harper, Forgotten Armies

The following is a proposed programme for the 70th Anniversary. It involves organising a series of events to mark and commemorate key dates from the Battle of Imphal:

  • 23rd March 2014  - Inaugural Ceremony
  • 26th March 2014 - Battle of Sangshak
  • 28th March 2014 - Start of Imphal Seize ( Kangpokpi)
  • 4th April  2014 - Battle of Kameng
  • 7th April 2014 - Battle of Kanglatombi
  • 13th April 2014 - Battle of Nungshigum
  • 14th April 2014 - INA
  • 19th April 2014 -  Battle of Tengnoupal
  • 19th May 2014 - Battle of Torbung
  • 29th May 2014 - Observation at Red Hill/ Maibam Lokpa Ching
  • 7th June - Battle of Motbung
  • 22nd June 2014 - Lift of Imphal Seize / Milestoen 109
  • 12th June 2014 - Battle of Bishenpur
  • 25th June 2014 - Silchar Track
  • 27th June 2014 - Wreath Laying ceremony at COMMON WEALTH WAR CEMETERY
  • 28th June 2014 - Closing Ceremony

 

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