The Japanese perspective on The Battle of Imphal interests me greatly. Few English language histories cover it in much detail. Arthur Swinson (Four Samurai) and Louis Allen stand out as having done so. Other histories are not incomplete but have simply dwelt on other aspects. I spent a productive two weeks touring Japan, visiting the sites of the memorials to the veterans of 33 Infantry Division, meeting academics and giving a lecture to Japanese analysts about the battle and the surrounding decisions.
Historical Context. Shenam Ridge carries the road from Moreh/Tamu to Pallel on the Imphal Plain. As such it was the central of three main axis of the Japanese advance onto Imphal. Continue reading “Some Photos from Shenam Ridge”