Britain says its greatest battle was fought in Imphal and Kohima

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    Britain says its greatest battle was fought in Imphal and Kohima | NDTV.com
     
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    Maybe, if the odds between the opposing forces is the only criterion.

    Otherwise, El Alamein was the most decisive.

    The Battle of El Alamein

     
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    The Battle of Kohima 1944
     
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    Sir, actually one of the consideration could have been the terrain.

    In Manipur/Nagaland sector, visibility is limited to 4-5 feet max. Add to that, incessant rains, killing humid weather, all possible diseases, loose soil etc. Mobility goes for a toss & in absence of visibility, one becomes a sitting duck for the occupying force (provided weather has spared you from it debilitating effects).

    it is the ideal turf for an insurgent force. It would say, it is next to Siachin in terms of adds against survival prevalent there. I have a trove of personal accounts from young kins & friends posted in such locations.
     
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    So you mean Indian National army and Japanese army were insurgent force?Not only Japanese fought,Indian National Army also fought and played important role.Why no mention of Indian National Army??

    It was most important because if any how INA managed to break British line then there would be revolution in India,then British would lose it's most important colony.Would be Britain a superpower with out it's Indian empire?
     
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    INA fought brave, marched long distances on empty stomach, harassed the British IA on several occasions & made huge sacrifices but they were not well-supplied, not did they have enough numbers (a must-have in these areas to compensate for attrition, resulting from factors mentioned in my previous post), so militarily they had limited impact. Logistics is everything.

    But, regardless of their military impact, their war-exploits & stories of sacrifices, were so widespread that the British Government forbade the BBC from broadcasting their story, fearing mass revolts and uprisings. But, nation managed to witness the INA trials via newspapers reports & there were subsequent minor revolts in British IN & IA. And, these minor revolts (being seen after 90 years) were one of the deciding factors for the British in leaving its Indian dominion.
     
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