Operation Nettle

This was a British combined army, navy and air force deception operation in the Bay of Bengal (March/April 1945).

Planned in India by the Peter Fleming’s 'D' Division, which was the South-East Asia Command’s deception and decoy organisation, 'Nettle' exploited the real movement across the Bay of Bengal of an Indian infantry division from Madras to Ramree island in the Arakan western coastal region of Burma to persuade General Heitaro Kimura’s Burma Area Army that what was about to take place was an amphibious assault on Bassein, to the west of Rangoon on the south-west corner of Burma. In the event, 'Nettle' had to be cut short for lack of adequate army equipment to simulate the volume of radio signals which would have indicated the imminence of any real operation.