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Britain’s Final Battle for Burma

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Britain’s Final Battle for Burma

The Spring 2014 issue of World War II Quarterly Magazine.

Get Behind the Scenes of the heavy fighting along the banks of the Irrawaddy River in February 1945

By the beginning of February 1945, the British 14th Army was on the banks of the Irrawaddy River and poised to strike into central Burma. The officers and the men were both tired and triumphant: the year before, they had fought an epic battle against the Japanese at Imphal, stopping a strong drive and an attempt to outflank them at Kohima.

They were able to push the opposing force back, but now the Japanese Army sat on the banks of Burma’s Irrawaddy, waiting for the next British offensive. It was impossible to determine how the next fight would go.

In “Final Battle For Burma,” William Stroock’s fully detailed feature in the Spring issue of World War II Quarterly Magazine, you’ll get a first-hand look at the British offensive as they attempt to cross the Irrawaddy to establish a bridgehead on the river’s east bank.

Burma was unforgiving for both sides: for the Brits, they had constant problems with units becoming lost in the dark, boats drifting downstream and heavy fir once the Japanese and Indian National Army learned of their position. For the Japanese, their 15th Army had lost its edge after Imphal. Their forces were now at about half strength, and the remaining troops were plagued by malnutrition and dysentery.

How did this final battle for Burma pan out? What were the costs imposed on the victors? You’ll learn all this and more in the Spring issue of World War II Quarterly. Other features in the spring issue include:

The First (And Last) Fight of the H-4 Hercules,” which takes a look at the development of Howard Hughes’ famous “Spruce Goose.”

Battle of the Graignes,” which was one of D-Day’s lesser known battles, but certainly one of the fiercest.

Bombs Over Berlin,” an in-depth analysis of the largest bombing mission against the German capital in the entire war.

Beyond All Praise,” a retrospective that calls into question the supposed failure of the British defense of Crete in May 1941.

Steel Typhoon at Okinawa,” a feature depicting the savage final land battle that resulted in twice as many casualties as Iwo Jima.

Unleashing the Dragon,” in which you’ll learn all about the development and testing of the world’s first atomic bomb, in addition to a behind-the-scenes debate about its military, political and moral consequences.

The Amazing Voyages of the USS O’Brien,” a full analysis on the small destroyer and how it escaped destruction from Normandy to the Philippines, even in Korea and Vietnam.

How much have you heard about the British assault on Burma and crossing the Irrawaddy? Did you pick up any fresh details after reading Strook’s analysis? Please let us know in the comments below.

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