Meiktila is in the Mandalay Region in central Burma (Myanmar). Located on the banks of Lake Meiktila in Mandalay Division, at the junctions of the Bagan-Taunggyi, Yangon-Mandalay and Meiktila-Myingyan highways.
troop carrier units and an AAF air commando group carried out a daring
operation far behind enemy
lines in central
Burma. Using gliders and C-47's, they landed some 9,000 British "Chindit" raiders
under Major General Orde Wingate, 1,300 pack animals, and 254 tons
of supplies and airfield construction equipment. Such long-range
penetration ground forces, supplied entirely by air, struck at
enemy communications and supply lines, keeping the Japanese forces
in Burma off balance. By March 4, 1945 Meiktila was mostly occupied by the 17th Division (Indian).
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January 11, 2018