Merrill’s ‘Marauders’ fight their first major action in Burma.
Gliders and air-transport-borne 'Chindits' set up ‘Broadway’ a stronghold behind Japanese lines, North East of Indaw.
Another 'Chindit' stronghold is established South of the Irrawaddy.
The Japanese begin the Imphal-Kohima offensive from northern Burma into Assam, India.
Some 12,000 Chindits are now behind Japanese lines in Burma. British forces capture Buthiduang on the Arakan front.
British troops take the ‘Golden Fortress’ (Razabil) in Arakan, Burma.
The British are forced to withdraw towards Imphal in Assam, while fighting a bitter rearguard action.
The Japanese begin crossing the Chindwin for an advance against Kohima.
The 'Chindit' ‘White City’ base at Mawla severs Japanese communications in northern Burma.
The British blow up the Manipur bridge South of Imphal.
British tanks rout a Japanese tank force at Tamu in India.
Wingate, leader of the Chindits is killed in plane crash.
Merrill’s ‘Marauders’ begin a 10-day defensive action against 1,300 Japanese at Nhpum Ga Ridge.
The siege of Imphal begins, as the Japanese cut the road to the North.
The 17th Indian Division reaches the Imphal plain after a 20-day fighting retreat. Japanese forces begin five weeks of attacks to reach Imphal from the South and begin their attack on Kohima, Assam.
Fierce fighting across the District Commissioner’s tennis court at Kohima. The Japanese renew their struggle with the 17th Indian Division, South West of Imphal.
British troops retake Nanshigum Hill.
Three Japanese blow up a 300ft suspension bridge on the Silchar track.
The first reinforcements for the British garrison at Kohima begin to arrive. Japanese forces launch a new offensive in central China.
The last Japanese attack on Garrison Hill, Kohima is repulsed as the British ‘left hook’ begins its advance to the North.
The British force the road to Kohima open.
The British right hook South of Kohima begins.
The 'Chindits' occupy Indaw.
Merrill’s 'Marauders' begin a march on Myitkyina.
Chinese forces retreat in central China.
The British counter-attacks at Kohima, are repulsed by the Japanese.
300,000 Japanese troops begin their preliminary moves prior to an offensive from the Canton and Hankow area in eastern China, with the aim of capturing allied airfields.
72,000 Chinese begin an advance along the Burma Road.
The Japanese attacks to the South East of Imphal are broken off.
Jail Hill and other key Kohima features are recaptured by the British.
A Japanese attack on Hunter’s Hill, North of Kohima is repulsed.
The 17th Indian Division counter-attacks South of Imphal.
Merrill’s 'Marauders' take Myitkyina airfield after a three-week, 100-mile, Jungle march.
Chinese forces counter-attack in central China, and also make ground along the Burma Road.
The Japanese launch a two-pronged attack from Canton and Hankow.
Start of the monsoon season bogs down operations in Burma.
The British 2nd Division begins its advance to relieve Imphal as the Japanese renew attacks on Bishenpur. The Chinese besiege Myitkyina, near the Chinese border in northern Burma.
The Japanese rearguard at Kohima retreats, ending a 64 day battle.
The first B29 (Superfortress) combat mission is made against the Bangkok railway.
The British 2nd Division is now only 55 miles from Imphal.
The British 2nd Division manages to advance 14 miles towards Imphal.
The Japanese retreat from Imphal in Manipur towards the Burmese frontier.
The British 2nd Division and 5th Indian Division meet on the Kohima-Imphal road, which is now completely clear of Japanese, lifting the 88-day siege of Imphal. The 'Chindits' begin an offensive on Mogaung in northern Burma.
The Chindits take Mogaung, with Chinese help.
The Japanese Imphal-Kohima survivors are encircled at Ukrul.
China enters the seventh year of ‘The Double Seven War’, which started on 7/7/1937.
The Japanese Fifteenth Army is ordered to retreat to the Chindwin after losing 53,000 men and 17,000 horses since the 7th March.
All Japanese resistance in the Ukhrul area on India-Burma border crushed by the British.
General Stilwell's troops, the NCAC, with the help of reinforcements, succeed in securing the town of Myitkyina in North Eastern Burma, but the 600 surviving Japanese are evacuated after holding out for 79 days.
The British capture Tamu, across the Burmese border.
Japanese resistance in Northeast India ends.
The last Chindits are evacuated from behind Japanese lines in Burma.
The British 36th Division takes Pinbaw, in northern Burma, during a monsoon advance from Mogaung.
The British and Chinese begin an offensive from Myitkyina to Bhamo in northern Burma.
The British capture an important Japanese supply depot at Mohnyin in Burma.
The Chinese 22nd Division crosses the Irrawaddy in northern Burma.
The British 11th East African Division takes Kalewa and advance to the Chindwin from India.
The Japanese capture Tushan, South of the Nationalist capital of Chungking.
The Chinese finally take Bhamo itself in northern Burma after the Japanese evacuate at night. The 19th Indian Division meets the British 36th Infantry Division at Indaw, making the first connected front in Burma.
Eighty-four B29s bomb Hankow, which remains alight three days after.