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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP09 Feb 2019 2:31 p.m. PST

"Perhaps the biggest waste of human life was ill-fated Imphal operation in March 1944 to capture the east Indian city of Imphal. More than 72,500 soldiers out of 100,000, died or were wounded, A commander wrote, "Our men on the front line have lost their ability to fight due to illness and starvation, without ammunition in torrential rain and a sea of mud, all due to incompetency."

The Battle of Imphal took place in the region around the city of Imphal, the capital of the state of Manipur in North-East India from March until July 1944. Japanese armies attempted to destroy the Allied forces at Imphal and invade India, but were driven back into Burma with heavy losses. Together with the simultaneous Battle of Kohima on the road by which the encircled Allied forces at Imphal were relieved, the battle was the turning point of the Burma Campaign, part of the South-East Asian Theatre of the Second World War. The defeat at Kohima and Imphal was the largest defeat to that date in Japanese history…."
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Legion 410 Feb 2019 1:39 p.m. PST

Many times IJF's lost more to non-combat, than actually killed by the Allies. Imphal-Kohima was just one of them.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP11 Feb 2019 10:13 a.m. PST

Agree.


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