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.
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 battlescarred, 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 194142, 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 194445, 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 NorthWest tribal region, or flying over the thick jungles of Burma. It is the 1person 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.
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).
Author: Anthony Tucker-JonesPublish On: 2015-11-30
The Japanese were finally defeated during the concurrent battles of Meiktila and
Mandalay in early 1945. Meiktila proved to be a tough but ultimately highly
successful battle for Slim, in which mechanised forces proved their worth. Victory
Author: Anthony Tucker-Jones
Publisher: Pen and Sword
Category: Antiques & Collectibles
Anthony Tucker-Jones's photographic history is a fascinating visual introduction to the armoured battles of the Second World War in the Far East and Asia-Pacific regions, from 1937 to 1945. In contrast to the experience of the armies that fought in Europe and North Africa, in the Far East tanks remained an infantry support weapon, and their role is often neglected in histories of the conflict. Japanese armour confronted tanks deployed by the Chinese, Russians, British and Americans. Early in the war, against Chinese forces which lacked armour, the Japanese had some success, but their light and medium tanks were no match for their Allied counterparts. Later Japanese designs were better armed, but they were built in such small numbers that they could do little to stem the Allied advance. The role of armoured vehicles in each theatre of the war in the Far East is shown in a selection of over 150 rare wartime photographs that record armour in action in China, Manchuria, Mongolia, Malaya, Burma and during the battles fought for the Pacific islands.
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.
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.
After heavy fighting over the next two and a half months, the town fell into Allied
hands on 3 August 1944. , MAY–AUGUST □ MEIKTILA , FEBRUARY–MARCH 1945 The battle of Meiktila began on 28 February 1945, when the Indian 17th ...
Author: Multiple Authors
Publisher: Amber Books Ltd
The two world wars were amongst the most convulsive events in human history. Millions of people died, many millions more had their lives transformed, and the nature of warfare itself was changed forever. The Era of World Wars 1914-45 – volume six in the Encyclopedia of Warfare Series – charts the cataclysmic world wars of the twentieth century. This is a chronological guide to conflict on every continent, including the far-reaching effects on Africa, China and the Middle East, as well as the more familiar battlegrounds such as Verdun and the Somme in 1916, Stalingrad in 1942, and Normandy in 1944. This volume tells the story of the millions involved in the world wars and surrounding conflicts. Featuring full colour maps illustrating the formations and strategies used, plus narrative descriptions of the circumstances behind each battle, this is a comprehensive guide to the two world wars and the other conflicts of the era. The Encyclopedia of Warfare Series is an authoritative compendium of five millennia of conflict, from the ancient world to the Arab Spring. Written in a style accessible to both the student and the general enthusiast, it reflects the latest thinking among military historians and will prove to be an indispensible reference guide.
road through Imphal, Kalewa, Monywa, Myitche and Meiktila. It was the capture of Meiktila in March 1945 which made possible the rapid advance on Rangoon from
the north and in this battle men of 5th Indian Division played a prominent part.
Author: James Luto
Publisher: Pen and Sword
The Fourteenth Army was one of the most successful British and Commonwealth forces of the Second World War. It was not only the largest of the Commonwealth armies but was also the largest single army in the world with around half a million men under its command. Operating in the most inhospitable terrain, it drove the previously undefeated Japanese Army from the Indian border and out of Burma in an unrelenting offensive.The Fourteenth Army, often referred to as the Forgotten Army, was made up from units that came from all corners of the Commonwealth and was composed of thirteen divisions from East and West Africa as well as Britain and India. After the defeat of the Japanese these divisions compiled a summary of its actions and it is these unique documents that form the basis of this new book.Presented here together then for the first time is the story of war against the Japanese as told by each of the divisions that fought in that bitter conflict the original and authentic accounts untouched by the pens of historians.These accounts can never be supplanted and will be an invaluable source of information for generations to come. It will also help the many millions of relatives of those men that fought with the Fourteenth Army understand the complex campaign of 1943-1945.The Fighting Divisions of the Fourteenth Army is completed with citations for those actions which saw the award of the Victoria Cross and detailed Orders of Battle throughout the Fourteenth Army's existence to make this the most detailed study of its kind.
of Meiktila , No . 1 Squadron moved from Imphal to an airstrip at Kan , north of
Gangaw and the Tigers entered a new phase of intensive activity . The Irrawaddy
was crossed on February 14 , 1945 and the Squadron covered the deception ...
Author: Ranbir Singh
Publisher: Prabhat Prakashan
On the life and achievements of Arjan Singh, b. 1919, formerly chief of the air staff of the Indian Air Force.
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
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
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.
The Battles of Mandalay and Meiktila ( 1945 ) . General Slim had two corps
available for his attack , Lieutenant General Sir Frank Messervy's IV and
Lieutenant General Sir Montague Stopford's XXXIII . Divisions were shifted
between them as ...
Even then the Japanese believed that the threat to Meiktila came only from lightly
armed troops of the Chindit variety, who could be overcome by the existing
garrison. The result was that the 4th Corps captured Meiktila with ease in the first
The squadron began landing at Meiktila on 6 March , only three days after the
airfield had been captured by a brigade of IV Corps and the day after it became
operational . Meiktila soon came under heavy Japanese attack and the transports