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Kohima 1944 by Peter Dennis
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Nov 27, 2010

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This is a very fine Osprey volume on a battle that some dubbed "Stalingrad of the East." The Japanese launched an attack on India with elements of the 15th Army. The chronology (pages 9-11) shows that the campaign began in March, 1944, with Japanese forces beginning the march. The campaign ended in June, as the shattered remains of the Japanese forces withdrew. The route of the Japanese attack was over the Naga Hills, toward the Brahmaputra Valley. Kohima was the principal town in this region.

The materials covered in the volume: the leaders (General Masakazu, Renya, and Sato on the Japanese side, and Generals Slim, in overall command, as well as a bevy of other generals, on the British side); the nature of the opposing forces; the order of battle (the units within each of the opposing armies); discussion of the respective plans for the Japanese and English forces; the bulk of the book, naturally, considers the battle at Kohima.

This book is somewhat longer than many in the Osprey library, and that may be to the good. There is more detail than many other volumes, and that helps to structure the narrative with adequate details. The book has many helpful maps, many photos, and illustrations that bring the subject to life.

A fine production by Osprey. . . .


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