december / 19

NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST)

19th December, 1942 : Troops of the 14th Indian Division, commanded by Major-General W L Lloyd, are today advancing down the Mayu Peninsula on the Bay of Bengal, pushing the Japanese back into Burma. First reports suggest that the combined British and Indian force is meeting little opposition as it thrusts down both sides of Mayu Range. The object of this attack, which is the first real offensive undertaken by the British forces since the Japanese conquest of Burma, would seem to be the occupation of the peninsula, followed by an assault on the strategically important Akyab Island.

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