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Thapyaytan Fortress at the side of the Ava Bridge, Mandalay.

Thapyaytan Fortress, Mandalay

Thapyaytan Fortress, Mandalay

The following is a precis of the insuction tablet found in the fort. “The Thapyatan fortress is located at the east of the Ayeyarwady River, and north of the Dotehtawadi River, where there were two villages, Thapyaytan Ywa-ma and Thapyaytan Ywa-galay. Built on the orders of King Mindon, construction was assisted by Comoto Peree (sic) and Mole Nari(sic) of the Italian Navy and the cooperation of Myanmar engineers. Construction started in 1874 and finished in 1878.
The fort is 400 feet long from east to west, with a breadth of 352 feet at the south and 492 feet at the north. It has three tiered brick walls with the inner brick wall being 20 feet high. The northern gate is 16 feet 6 inches wide.

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Sagaing Fortress or Asaykhan Fortress

Sagaing Fortress entrance

Sagaing Fortress entrance

This is a translation of the stone tablet inside the Fort which gives it’s history

“It is located at the Asaykhan Quarter of Sagaing which is on the south west bank of the Ayeyarwady River. It was built during the reign of King Mindon under the direction of Comoto Peree (sic) and Moie Narie (sic), the French and Italian engineers assigned to assist Myanmar Engineers and the labour force.The King gave express responsibility to Minister Kinwong to oversee the  propject, designed to protect the kingdom from both domestic and foreign enemies. Read more

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Exploring the battles of Pakokku, Nyaung – U and Bagan 14th – 19th February 1945 Part 2.

The dry roads of Nyaung U and Bagan. When the allies landed they were in almost desert conditions.

The dry roads of Nyaung U and Bagan. When the allies landed they were in almost desert conditions.

Unknown to the Allies, Pagan was the boundary between the Japanese Fifteenth and Twenty-Eighth Armies, and the the area north of Nyaung U was given to the Indian National Army to guard. As well as giving heavy resistance to the South Lancashire Regiment, here at Nyaung U they were fighting against 1/11 Sikh Regiment.

The 9th battalion, INA 4th Guerrilla Regiment was made up mostly of Tamils recruited from Malaya and there was heavy fighting in the sandy lanes surrounding and at the rear of the cliffs. Read more

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The Battle for Pyawbwe March 1945

 

The pagoda signalled the turn off for the Claudcol column

The pagoda signalled the turn off for the Claudcol column

In March 1945, the Allies had captured Mandalay and Meiktila. This brought to an end the campaign in central Burma. However, Rangoon was further south and the Japanese commander in the field, General Kimura, believed that if his forces could hold up the 14th Army until mid-May this would seriously hinder General Slim, the commander of the 14th Army.

Mid-May was the time when the monsoon was expected to start and this would have severely hampered the allied transport as roads, such as they were, could be washed away and the general  conditions for the men of the  motorised 14th Army would have become miserable. Slim was also aware of the problems that the monsoon would bring him and he resolved to get to Rangoon before mid-May.

 

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A trip past some of the places of military interest – Yangon (Rangoon) to Mawlamyine (Moulmein) Part 1

Taukkyan Cemetery

Taukkyan Cemetery

Today we can explore many of the often passed locations on the route to Bago, and going on further to the Sittang River and Golden Rock, and further still to Mawlamyine and Thanbyuzayat. We will briefly look at ome of the locations of actions which took place in WW2, which changed the world forever

In 1942 the muddled planning and confuse leadership of the British met the determined, war experienced and tactic driven Japanese invasion.

In 1945 the diseased, ill equipped and defeated Japanese army retreated along these same roads and railway lines, routed by the reformed, brilliantly led and well equipped British Indian army – many of the units being those same who were in the shameful retreat of 1942.
Heading north out of Yangon we pass the  the Taukkyan Military Cemetery and still heading towards Mawlamyine, one of the first locations along the route is Hlegu

 

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The Rama VI Military Museum, Bangkok.

Rama VI Statue Lumpini Park

Rama VI Statue Lumpini Park

Many visitors to Bangkok pass Lumpini Park and see the large statue outside the main entrance. It is a statue of King Vajiravudh, Rama VI, the monarch who reigned from 1910 until his untimely death in 1926.  There are several museums in Bangkok which commemorate this monarch, but we shall visit a little known one which is open to the public and is free!

On July 22nd 1917, King Vajirvudh declared war on the central powers, primarily the Empires of Germany and Austro -Hungary, and Thailand (Siam at the time) joined the allies by sending an expeditionary force to France in the hope that this would assist in global justice for Siam and that it would gain national and international benefits.

The outcome of hostilities was by no means certain at this time, but eventually an armistice was signed in November 1918, and Siam, as one of the victors, won plaudits and praise .

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The battles of Mandalay 1942 and 1945

Royal Palace from Pagoda hill Mandalay

Royal Palace from Pagoda Hill Mandalay

Mandalay, the former royal capital of Upper Burma, is dominated by the  towering Pagoda Hill, which overlooks it centre, the former Royal Palace, which under British colonial authority became Fort Dufferin. The fort still contained the old royal palace, erected on the orders of King Mindon in 1858, but it was also the location of the British administration in central Burma which were overthrown by the Japanese in 1942. To the Japanese this city was the symbol of a Burmese monarchy which they sought to replace with a puppet regime – they were so determined to take it in 1942, and deend it in 1945 -come what may -and these policies led to massive destruction. But there are still many thing to see.

 

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Yangon Walks 1. The Strand Road

Strand Road Yangon

Strand Road Yangon

Dagon  to Yangon.  The former Mon settlement of Dagon was renamed “Yangon”  (which can be translated as “End of Strife” ) by the victorious King Alaungphaya to celebrate the end of Mon insurrection against Burmese rule in 1755. Yangon,  including the teak wood stockade, covered an area of seventy-five acres and lay roughly between the Sule Pagoda to the north and the Strand to the south, Mogul Street/Shwe Bontha Street to the west and Judah Ezekiel Street/Bo Aung Gyaw Street to the east. Although there were few Europeans there were Armenians, Moguls, Parsis, Hindus, Jews, Chinese, and other foreigners. Following the 1824-26 Anglo Burmese War, the British occupied the town for two years. The war of 1852 saw Yangon become a British possession, and eventually the capital of Burma.

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