British troops take Akyab in western Burma, unopposed.
The British make further gains in central Burma and are now only 30 miles from Mandalay.
The British 19th Indian Division crosses the river Irrawaddy, to the North of Mandalay.
British forces enter Monywa, 60 miles to the West of Mandalay.
The land route from India to China through Burma is declared free of Japanese and now open to convoys.
The first convoy for three years reaches China through Burma.
U.S. planes sink the Japanese floating dock at Singapore.
The British 20th Indian Division crosses the river Irrawaddy Southwest of Mandalay.
The British Indian 4th Corps begins to cross Irrawaddy and strike into the Japanese rear. The first use of napalm is made in Burma.
The British 2nd Division establishes another Irrawaddy bridgehead, while the British 36th Division breaks through at Myitson, in northern Burma. Meanwhile further British forces cross the Irrawaddy in central Burma.
The British Indian 4th Corps take Meiktila airfield in central Burma after an eight-day push from the Irrawaddy.
Japanese resistance ends in Meiktila.
The new Chinese First Army takes Lashio in north-eastern Burma.
A surprise armoured thrust by the British in central Burma, cuts off 3,000 Japanese in Mandalay.
The Japanese evacuate Mandalay.
The British 19th Indian Division completes the capture of Mandalay.
Chinese forces link up on the Burma Road.
British 26th Division reaches the Burma Road, which ends eight months of fighting.
The Chinese launch a new offensive in Honan and Hupeh provinces of Central China.
Yamethin falls to the British 4th Corps in the ‘Race for Rangoon’.
The British take Taungup in Southwest Burma, thereby depriving the Japanese of their last coastal supply base.
The British Fourteenth Army in central Burma captures the Chaulk oil centre on the Irrawaddy.
The Japanese Burma Area Army C-in-C leaves Rangoon. The British Fourteenth Army takes Pyinmana in central Burma.
Indian paratroops land to the South of Rangoon, as the Fourteenth Army captures Pegu.
SEAC announces the liberation of Rangoon in Burma.
SEAC announces that Rangoon was taken so quickly that the Japanese had no time to destroy the installations there.
The Fourteenth Army moves South in central Burma and links up with troops from Arakan in the west, trapping all Japanese to the west of the river Irrawaddy.
Chinese troops are now 25 miles North of Foochow and take Loyaun.
The British Twelfth Army HQ is set up in Rangoon.
Chiang Kai-Shek resigns the Chinese Premiership but remains as President and Generalissimo, with Dr. Soong succeeding him as premier.
SEAC estimate that 108,240 Japanese have been killed in Burma since February 1944.
The Chinese take Liuchow and capture towns on the Indo-Chinese border.
The British capture secret documents concerning a planned breakout of Honda’s 33rd Army in Burma.
Honda’s attempt to break out in Burma begins in earnest.
The Russians declare war on Japan.
Soviet Army massed at the Manchurian border sweeps into northern China and northern Korea overwhelming the Japanese defences.
The Mongolian People’s Republic declares a Holy War against the Japanese.
Chiang Kai-shek’s representatives sign a treaty of alliance with the Russians.
Three of the Emperor’s family are dispatched to China to carry the news of cease-fire to Japanese troops still fighting there.
The Japanese forces in South China surrender to the Chinese 1st Army in Canton. The Russian Far Eastern Army captures Harbin and Mukden in Manchuria.
As the Red Army now hold much of Manchuria, the Japanese Kwantung Army surrenders formally to Major General Shelakor at Harbin.
The Japanese in Burma say they are now ready to surrender having ‘clarified the position’.
Chinese troops are reported to have entered the Republican capital of Nanking.
The Japanese sign the surrender agreement in Rangoon.
The Russians announce the capture of 513,000 prisoners in the Manchurian campaign.
A Royal Naval force takes Hong Kong as marine's clash with Japanese suicide detachments.
Ghandi, Nehru, and the all-India Congress Party demands that all Southeast Asia should be free of imperialist domination.