JOURNAL OF DEFENCE STUDIES

The Battlefields of Imphal: The Second World War and North East India, by Hemant Singh Katoch

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  • July-September 2018
    Volume: 
    12
    Issue: 
    3
    Book Review

    In 2013, in a poll on ‘Britain’s Greatest Battle’, the twin victories at Imphal–Kohima during the Second World War were voted as the winner of the poll. If one recalls popular representations of World War II in this part of the world, what comes to mind immediately is the film The Bridge on the River Kwai, starring Alec Guinness. That the Japanese had reached the eastern borders of British India and posed a great threat to the war effort is something that people may take time to recollect. And despite the growing interest in military history, there are very few writers and books that tackle this subject. Hemant Singh Katoch’s book The Battlefields of Imphal, the Second World War and North East India thus fills a gap in our understanding of modern military history, and is a great effort in writing that brings to light one of the most important battles fought during the war.

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