Operation Journalist (ii)

This was the British advance of Lieutenant General Sir William Slim’s 14th Army after the Battle of Imphal from Assam and Manipur in north-eastern India behind the decimated and retreating remnants of Lieutenant General Shihachi Katamura’s Japanese 15th Army to the Kabaw valley and the line of the Chindwin river in the north-western part of Japanese-occupied Burma in preparation for ‘Extended Capital’ (August 1944/January 1945).

Transferred from Lieutenant G. A. P. Scoones’s Indian IV Corps to Lieutenant General M. G. N. Stopford’s Indian XXXIII Corps, Major General T. W. Rees’s Indian 19th Division moved to the south-east from Imphal via Tamu in the Kabaw valley to take a bridgehead on the eastern side of the Chindwin river at Sittaung; Major General C. G. G. Nicholson’s 2nd Division and Major General D. D. Gracey’s Indian 20th Division of Stopford’s Indian XXXIII Corps also staged through Tamu and then advanced south along the Kabaw valley before heading to the east to take a bridgehead over the Chindwin river at Kalewa, with one brigade of the Indian division seizing a bridgehead at Mawlaik; and Scoones’s Indian IV Corps struck farther to the south after reaching the Kabaw valley before Major General G. C. Evans’s Indian 7th Division and Major General D. T. Cowan’s Indian 17th Division separated as each headed to the south-east to take Pakokku and Myitche before securing a bridgehead on the eastern side of the Chindwin at Nyaungu, with Brigadier W. A. Dimoline’s 28th (East Africa) Brigade progressing still farther to the south to reach Seikpyu.