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09

2019

    HISTORY

    Battle Of Kangla Tongbi

    News: Platinum Jubilee Commemoration of Battle of KanglaTongbi.
    Source: PIB

    It is considered one of the fiercest battles of World War II, was fought by Ordnance personnel of 221 Advance Ordnance Depot (AOD) on the night of 6/7 April 1944.

    Japanese forces had planned a three pronged offensive to capture Imphal and the surrounding areas.

    At KanglaTongbi, a small but determined detachment of 221 AOD put up stiff resistance against the advancing Japanese forces.

    The position of 221 AOD was not at all sound from a tactical point of view and was exposed to the enemy from all sides and had to rely on its own combatant manpower for its defence.

    However their combatant role shook the enemy and forced the Japanese to withdraw leaving many dead.

    Significance of the battle

    This battle is one of those fought during the Battle of Imphal that shook imperialist motives of Japan and made them reconsider.

    Japanese armies attempted to destroy the Allied forces at Imphal and invade India, but were driven back into Burma with heavy losses.

    The defeat was the largest defeat to that date in Japanese history with many of the Japanese deaths resulting from starvation, disease and exhaustion suffered during their retreat.