Respects paid at Indian war cemetery

Berwick men Stephen Green and Ian Brown have returned from a visit to the site of one the most ferocious battles of the Second World War which halted the Japanese invasion of India.

Sunday, 13th November 2016, 7:20 am
Updated Wednesday, 16th November 2016, 2:59 pm
Ian Brown and Stephen Green, both from Berwick, visiedt the site of one the most ferocious battles of WWII which halted the Japanese invasion of India.

Ian, whose uncle fought in the battle of Kohima, always vowed to visit the site and pay his respects to his uncle’s fallen, fellow soldiers.

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Angus Taylor of the KOSB was able to see photographs taken by Ian, not only of the battle site on which he fought so bravely, but also the war cemetery where the worst of the hand-to hand fighting took place. Kohima lies in Nagaland in the far north-eastern part of India which has, up until recently, been out of bounds for foreign visitors.

It lies close to the border with Tibet, Burma and Bangladesh. While being a pivotal battle – effectively ending the expansion of the Japanese Empire – it was largely overshadowed by events in Europe in the lead-up to the allied invasion in 1944.