we still remembered our grandparents world war ii stories . They called it “Japan Lan “, (war of Japan ) . 

Indeed the battle at Imphal (my birthplace, India ) was one of the fiercest battle between the Allied and the axis . And it was the largest defeat to that date in Japanese history . 

“The Battle of Imphal took place in the region around the city of Imphal, the capital of the state of Manipur in northeast India from March until July 1944. Japanese armies attempted to destroy the Allied forces at Imphal and invade India, but were driven back into Burma with heavy losses. Together with the simultaneous Battle of Kohima on the road by which the encircled Allied forces at Imphal were relieved, the battle was the turning point of the Burma Campaign, part of the South-East Asian Theatre of the Second World War. ” (wiki)

What I want you to ponder is the aftermath of this battle . So many lives ended and for what reason .? The Dalai lama was so true when he said that ,man started trouble and not woman.  It all started to fulfill the desire of some psychomaniacs . Let me give you some statistics of the aftermath from wiki ,( hope you are not bored ) .

Date January 1942 – July 1945

Location British Burma

Result Decisive Allied victory



British Empire[1]

United Kingdom


British Burma



Gold Coast



British Hong Kong

Northern Rhodesia


Southern Rhodesia



United States

Medical Support:

Belgian Congo[4]



State of Burma

Azad Hind


Commanders and leaders

Archibald Wavell

Louis Mountbatten

William Slim

Du Yuming

Wei Lihuang

Luo Zhuoying

Joseph Stilwell

Aung San (1944–1945)

Shojiro Iida

Masakazu Kawabe

Hyotaro Kimura

Renya Mutaguchi

Aung San (1942–1944)

Subhas C. Bose

P. Phibunsongkhram

J.R. Seriroengrit


42,000–47,000 (1942)[5]

~1,000,000 (1945)[i][6]

95,000 (1942);[ii]

250,000 (1944)[iii][7][8][9] 12,000[10][iv]

316,700 (1944)[11]


43,000 (1945)

Casualties and losses

~117,391 including sick

50,000 casualties during the Japanese conquest of Burma in 1942[12][13]

31,443 dead by all causes (1943–1945)

35,948 wounded (1943–1945)[14]

~86,600 excluding sick[15][16]

28,878 killed and missing

44,731 wounded

~12,700 died of disease

3,253 total casualties[17][18][v]

Total Allied: ~207,244

~200,000 overall

144,000[19] – 164,500[20] total dead including disease

40,000 killed in action[21]

56,000 wounded[22]

~5,000 or more[23]

2,615 dead or missing

Total Axis: ~210,000 . 

The reminiscense of the battle can largely be seen at Imphal , not so far away from my residence in the form of a war cemetery and some relics at Moirang and Nambol . 

The silent cemetery , rows and columns of graves with heartbreaking​ epitaphs will remind you/us the ugly sides of war . 

” At the going down of the sun and in the morning we will remember him.” 

He was only 21 when he died . 

Another one ,

” Wait for me dear at the golden gate I shall be coming at even sun ” 

He was 32 . 

Such epitaphs crammed the cemetery . Some known and some unknown .  

Sometimes I wonder, do their loved ones know that they were buried here ? 

Some do some don’t .

But the pain is still there …


Well , I wrote this for the soldiers who were “unknown” . 

why such departures 

did anyone tell them 

war cemetery .

(photos are from Google . They may be subject to copyright ) 



8 thoughts on “bury

  1. atothewr

    So many lives lost. Just tragic. I stood on the beaches of Normandy once. There were still old German bunkers there. Amazing to see and witness.

    1. milan rajkumar Post author

      Hope you feel the same emotion . I was really heartbroken to see the the gravestone of the unknown soldier ….the epitaph says Known unto God . Hope one day I could see the Normandy coach . .too . By the way thank you , you are always very kind .

  2. theshininggem

    Very sad indeed, but it’s very nice that someone’s talking about the north east. I don’t know much about the region due to the collective ignorance of the people of my region but would love to see any more of your posts highlighting the region. Kudos my friend!

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